School of Religion, Philosophy & Classics

UKZN co-hosts conference on memories of the Rwandan genocide

The School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics co-hosted an international conference with the Protestant University of Rwanda in Huye, Rwanda on the theme “Memory work in churches and community-based organisations”.
From left: Professors Tharcisse Gatwa; Simangaliso Kumalo; Elisée Musemakweli; Penine Uwimbabazi and Philippe Denis.
From left: Professors Tharcisse Gatwa; Simangaliso Kumalo; Elisée Musemakweli; Penine Uwimbabazi and Philippe Denis.

Two staff members from the School, Professors Philippe Denis and Simangaliso Kumalo, and a postgraduate student, Ms Pretty Abrahams, attended the conference.

This was one of the many events organised in Rwanda and other parts of the world to commemorate the genocide which caused the deaths of an estimated 800 000 mainly Tutsi people between April and July 1994.

‘The history of this horrendous event and of what preceded and followed it is contested. Hence the need to take as an object of study the memories of the genocide,’ said Denis.

The conference also marked the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Protestant University of Rwanda, represented by Vice-Chancellor Professor Elisée Musemakweli, and UKZN, which provides for future cooperation between the two institutions in matters of research and student exchange.

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Dr Tioti Timon

PhD study examines climate change in Kiribati, South Pacific

Dr Tioti Timon graduated with a PhD in Theology and Development. His thesis examined the ways in which climate change is affecting the people, indigenous culture, and environment of Kiribati, in the South Pacific and the role that the church and the Tangintebu Theological College is playing to equip church leadership to respond to these challenges. The study also assessed the extent to which environmental and ecological issues are integrated into the overall theological curriculum.