South Africa Risks its Status as a “Religious Rainbow Nation”

In this Comment piece, Dr Lee-Shae Salma Scharnick-Udemans provides a commentary on the recent "noise complaint" about the Islamic call to prayer from the historic Zeenatul Islam Mosque in District Six, Cape Town, South Africa. Dr Scharnick-Udemans is a senior researcher in the Desmond Tutu Centre for Religion and Social Justice at the University of the... Continue Reading →

Impressions of a Postgraduate Student Workshop

Early May, the Centre for Religion and Public Life organised a two day off campus training workshop for postgraduate students in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Leeds. Two participants – Alan Benstock (MA student) and Kristi Boone (PhD student) share their impressions. 'The best academic training experience' - Kristi Boone Everyone knows... Continue Reading →

Collaboration with the Desmond Tutu Centre in Cape Town

The Centre for Religion and Public Life at the University of Leeds recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Desmond Tutu Centre for Religion and Social Justice at the University of the Western Cape, in Cape Town, South Africa. In this interview, Professor Sarojini Nadar and Dr Lee-Shae Scharnick-Udemans – Director and Senior Researcher... Continue Reading →

New book by Adriaan van Klinken: Christianity, Sexuality and Citizenship in Africa

CRPL member Adriaan van Klinken recently had a new book, Christianity, Sexuality and Citizenship in Africa, published by Routledge. The volume, which was co-edited with Ebenezer Obadare, Professor of Sociology at the University of Kansas, is the outcome of an international research workshop about Pentecostalism and sexual citizenship in Africa that took place at the University... Continue Reading →

“We are tired of HIV, but HIV is not yet tired of us”: Ongoing Reflections on Religion and HIV

At the occasion of World Aids Day (1 December), Ezra Chitando - theological consultant for the World Council of Churches' Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiative and Advocacy (EHAIA) - writes about the ongoing challenge of HIV and AIDS, not only for public health programmes but also for scholars of religion. By Ezra Chitando There is... Continue Reading →

Research workshop “Theory from the South: Africa as a Site for Understanding Contemporary Religion”

On 25-26 January 2018, the University of Leeds hosts a research workshop on the theme  "Theory from the South: Africa as a Site for Understanding Contemporary Religion". The workshop opens on Thursday 25 January with a public research seminar where Birgit Meyer (Utrecht University) will talk about "Studying Religion in and from Africa". This seminar starts... Continue Reading →

Research seminar with Prof Birgit Meyer

Leading anthropologist of religion, Professor Birgit Meyer, is visiting the University of Leeds this January. The Centre for Religion and Public Life is excited to host a research seminar with her on 25 January, co-sponsored by the Leeds University Centre for African Studies. In this seminar, Meyer will talk about "Studying Religion in and from... Continue Reading →

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