The inaugural lecture of UKZN’s Professor R Simangaliso Kumalo contextualised and traced the journey of the teaching of religion, theology, classics, ethics and philosophy across the ages and gave insights on the place and future of these disciplines at UKZN. The significant occasion was made even sweeter for Kumalo by the announcement of his appointment
UKZN’s master’s in philosophy graduate, Mr Ryan Timms has earned a place in a PhD programme at the Technical University of Delft in The Netherlands to pursue research on manipulative technologies. This follows his recent graduation with a summa cum laude Master’s degree in Philosophy, on the topic: Hostile Scaffolding. Timms has also co-authored a paper on
In the bustling suburb of Umbilo in Durban, community safety has become a top priority thanks to the tireless efforts of Mr Calvin Thomas, Manager of UKZN’s School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics. As a dedicated member of the Community Policing Forum (CPF), Thomas has worked tirelessly to connect residents and the South African Police
The Museum of Classical Archaeology is housed in the foyer of the Department of Classics on the Howard College Campus. The collection spans over 3000 years with pieces from Egypt, Greece and Rome in the collection. The pieces range from a small numismatics collection, everyday items such as oil lamps, to bigger pieces such as
Lecturer in the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics Ms Helen Lenahan was invited to present a paper at the Classical Association Conference 2023 hosted at the University of Cambridge. The annual event is held by the Classical Association (the British Society of Classicists) that marked its 120th anniversary this year. Lenahan said that the
UKZN alumnus in Theology, Reverend Armstrong Pitakaji was elected to the Executive Council of the World Council of Churches (WCC) at its recent Congress. A Solomon Island national, Pitakaji joined UKZN in 2017 to study for his master’s degree after being sponsored by the Council for World Mission to reflect on climate change and theology.
Professor David Spurrett, academic within the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics (SRPC), recently spent a month as a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra. During his visit, he attended and presented a paper at the renowned Philosophy of Biology at Dolphin Beach (PBDB) conference, travelled to Wollongong to give an
Dr Nozipho Dlodlo was thrilled to receive her PhD in Biblical Studies in which she engaged the character of David in the Old Testament as a possible reflective surface to enable conversations about masculinity construction and coming of age in the contemporary faith context. Her work is also embedded within the landscape of Gender-Based Violence
Dr Jane Anderson, School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics alumnus, recently published a book: Biological Naturalism and the Mind-Body Problem, that stemmed from her PhD studies. The book offers a new theoretical framework within which to understand the ‘mind-body problem’. ‘The crux of this problem is phenomenal experience, which Thomas Nagel famously described as “what
Two postgraduate students, Ms Pretty Abraham and Mr Siwakhile Ngcobo from the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics are set to embark on an international exchange programme to the Free University in Amsterdam as part of Bridging Gaps, an initiative of the Centre for Contextual Biblical Interpretation. The two will embark on the programme in September.