Visiting academic, Ms Valeria Pace, from the University of Cambridge, England.

English Academic Delves into Hellenistic Literature

The Classics Department in the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics hosted visiting academic, Ms Valeria Pace from the University of Cambridge, England, who presented two papers on Hellenistic Literature and engaged with students in connection with their research. Pace’s first seminar examined the poem by Theocritus – Idyll 27 – in a paper titled “Idyll 27

From left: Prof David Spurrett, Prof Kwok Pui Lan; Prof Charlene van der Walt; Prof Lilian Siwila and Dr Federico Settler.

College of Humanities hosts first Gender, Religion & Sexuality Conference

The School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics (SRPC) in the College of Humanities recently hosted the first Religion, Gender and Sexuality in Africa conference. The conference, held at the Pietermaritzburg campus, brought together more than 65 religion, gender and sexuality scholars and activists from around the global South who presented papers and performances. UKZN academic

i-Sangoma Ms Nokulinda Mkhize presents guest lectures at UKZN.

Renowned i-Sangoma Nokulinda Mkhize gives guest lecture at UKZN

In celebration of African Religious Heritage and Religion & Media Studies, the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics (SRPC) presented two guest lectures by renowned i-Sangoma Ms Nokulinda Mkhize, who practices ancestral-based healing and spirituality in the digital age. The lectures were in conjunction with the Introduction to Religion, African Systems of Thought and Religion

Mr Phila Msimang graduated with his Master of Arts (Philosophy) cum laude.

Masters cum laude graduate investigates theories of race in research

Stellenbosch University lecturer, Mr Phila Msimang, graduated cum laude with his master of arts (philosophy) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. ‘It feels great to have achieved this milestone. It makes me want to write another thesis,’ he said. Msimang, who is passionate about research, often explores topics that stimulate his interest and have some social

Dr Elizabeth Martiny graduated with her PhD in Religion and Theology from UKZN.

UKZN’s oldest graduate’s tale of grace and great triumph

Dr Elizabeth Martiny graduated with a PhD in Religion and Theology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Aged 71 years old, she is the oldest graduate from the University. She is ecstatic to get her PhD and still feels young at heart. However, her life’s journey was fraught with difficulty at the onset when she contracted

Professor Simangaliso Kumalo is Fellow of Wesley House, an affiliated college of Cambridge University.

Academic Appointed Fellow at Cambridge University

Professor Simangaliso Kumalo, a lecturer in the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics (SRPC), has been appointed a Fellow of Wesley House which is an affiliated college of Cambridge University in England. Kumalo will spend six weeks at the university teaching and conducting research. ‘This is a great honour. It means that my work as

UKZN hosts 2017 John Langalibalele Dube Memorial Lecture

UKZN’s School of Education and the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics (SRPC), in collaboration with the University Language Planning and Development Office and the JL Dube Institute recently hosted the annual John Dube Memorial Lecture at the New Conference Centre, Edgewood Campus. The lecture titled: Violence on and through the Land, Violence on Women’s Bodies: Evoking John

UKZN Classics Department Hosts Visiting US Professor

The Classics Department within the College of Humanitiesrecently hosted Professor Victor Castellani of the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Denver in the United States. Castellani, an associate professor of Latin, spent a full week engaging with staff and consulting with students, while also presenting lectures and seminars on a variety of topics. In one of his public lectures

Renowned Storyteller Dr Gcina Mhlophe grips audience with magical songs

In celebration of Women’s Month the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics (SRPC) recently hosted an inspirational talk, titled: House of Song and Prayer by the legendary South African storyteller Gcina Mhlophe. After an introduction by acting Dean and Head of the School of Arts Professor Nobuhle Hlongwa, Mhlophe greeted those present with a beautiful song that set

PhDs Awarded Posthumously to Two Dedicated UKZN students

Two UKZN students Dr Lilly Phiri and Dr Sophie Mahloane were awarded their PhDs posthumously during UKZN’s 2017 graduation ceremonies. Phiri, who died after contracting malaria, received her doctorate in Religion and Theology, while Mahloane, who died from injuries suffered in a motor accident, received her PhD in Education. Phiri, an emerging scholar and recipient