School of Religion, Philosophy & Classics

Lilian Cheelo Siwila

Lilian Cheelo Siwila


Associate Professor




Contact Number



Pietermaritzburg Campus

Office Address

New Arts Building, 108

External Research Profile

Degrees Held

  • PhD,    (Gender and Religion)
  •  MTh,   (Gender and Theology)
  • Honors  (African Theology)
  • HDE     (Education)

Research Interests

  • Gender and Culture
  • African Feminism and Ecclesiology
  • Sexual and reproductive health and its interface with Religion and women.
  • Social and economic trends in contemporary theologies
  • Gender and Liturgy
  • Religion, sacred spaces and ecology

Teaching Interests

  • Introduction to Systematic Theology
  • Christian Doctrines and Ethics
  • Political and Economic Ethics and its relation to Theology
  • Theology, Gender and Empire
  • African feminism ecological and sacred spaces
  • African Initiated Churches and New Pentecostal movements
  • Liturgy in the African context
  • Theory and Method from a gender perspective


  • Siwila LC and Hewitt R. (eds.) 2018. Liturgy and Identity: African Religio-cultural and ecumenical perspective: Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publication
  • Siwila L.C Feminist critique of the education model of Mabel Shaw girls’ boarding mission school in Zambia 1915-1940 and its effect on the education of girls in scriptura 116 (2017:1), pp. 1-12
  • Siwila L. Reconstructing the Distorted Image of Women as Reproductive Labour on the Copperbelt mines in Zambia 1920-1954 in Journal for the Study of Religion vol. 30.No 2 Dec. 2017
  • Sietisho S. and Siwila L. Religion as Situated Knowledge for social transformation: A case of Mashobye Manyano Women of Limpopo province in Alternation Special Edition No 19. 2017
  • Siwila L.C  Gender, in Ross, K. Keum, J. Avtzi K. and Hewitt R Ecumenical Missiology: Changing Landscapes and New Conceptions of Mission,. Oxford: Regnum 2016.
  • Siwila L. C. The Role of Men in Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights: Towards a Programmatic Model in Chitando, E.  and Njoronge, N. (eds) in Abundant Life: The Church and Sexuality, Geneva: WCC, 2016.
  • Siwila  L. C. Gender Justice in African Christianity in Phiri I A and Werner D. (eds.) Oxford: Regnum publishers 2016.
  • Siwila L. C. Gender Trouble: Navigating Distorted Gender Discourses in Faith Communities in Moyo, H. (ed. ) Pastoral Care in a globalized World an African Perspective, Pietermaritzburg:  Cluster Publications, 2015,
  • Kisitu G and Siwila L. Whose Body Whose Language? A Feminist Critique of the Construction of Discourses on a Woman’s Body in African Religious Spaces and its Effect on Well-being, Alternation 23,2 (2016) 185-200.
  • Siwila L. C. 2015, Do this in Remembrance of Me: An African Feminist Contestation of the of the embodied Sacred Liturgical Space in the celebration of the Eucharist in Carvalhaes C. (ed.)  Liturgy in Postcolonial perspectives: only one is holy.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan Press.
  • Siwila L.  An Encroachment of Ecological Sacred Sites and its Threat to the Interconnectedness of Sacred Rituals: A Case Study of the Tonga People in the Gwembe Valley in Journal for the Study of Religion Vol 28.2 2015
  • John S. and Siwila L. Eliciting Reflective Agency towards Transformation: African Masculinities in Selected Writings of Gerald West in Journal of Theology for Southern Africa No. 151/March 2015
  • Siwila L. the Role of indigenous Knowledge in African Women’s Theology of Understanding Motherhood and Maternal Health in Alternation Special Edition No 14. 2015 ISSN 1023-1737
  • Siwila L. Tracing Ecological Footprints of our foremothers: Towards an African feminist Approach to women’s connectedness with nature in Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae. Dec 2014, Vol. Xl N. 2
  • Siwila, L. “Problematizing a ‘Norm ’”: A Religio-cultural Gender Analysis of Child Marriage in the Context of HIV and AIDS – in the Journal of Gender and Religion in Africa, 2011.
  • Siwila L.C and Phiri AI  The Circle od Concerned African Women Theologians Transforming Theological Education in Phiri and Weiner (eds.) Handbook of Theological Education in Africa, Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publications, 2012.