Researcher of the Month – March 2020, Prof. Asonzeh Ukah

As part of our ongoing partnership with the Desmond Tutu Centre for Religion and Social Justice, this month we are featuring the academic journey and work of Professor Asonzeh Ukah. His research interests include religion and globalisation, media and material culture of African Pentacostalism.   Tell us a little about your ‘research journey’ – how did you... Continue Reading →

F&A Series: Islamic Environmental Activism – Theology, Relationship, and Action

Dr Rosemary Hancock is a Research Associate at Notre Dame University where she is convenor of the Religion and Global Ethics program and is Managing Editor of Solidarity: Journal of Catholic Social Thought and Secular Ethics. Her monograph on 'Islamic Environmentalism: Activism in the United States and Great Britain' was published in 2018 by Routledge. ... Continue Reading →

When Faith gets Practical: Bible and Activism in the Classroom

 Dr Mmapula Diana Kebaneilwe is Senior Lecturer of Hebrew and Old Testament studies at the University of Botswana.  She obtained her PhD in Old Testament Studies from the University of Murdoch in Perth, Australia in 2012. The title of her PhD thesis was This Courageous Woman: A socio-rhetorical Womanist Reading of Proverbs 31:10-31. Her research... Continue Reading →

F&A Series: Religious activists translating and co-creating environmental care in Indonesia

Jonathan D Smith recently completed his PhD in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Leeds. His research on religious environmental movements in Indonesia was conducted with the support of the Centre for Religious and Cross-Cultural Studies at Gadjah Mada University. How do environmental activists use religious concepts to change people’s environmental attitudes and... Continue Reading →

Daniel in the Homophobic Lion’s Den

Here’s a post by Shiloh Project co-director Prof. Johanna Stiebert about her second research visit to Nairobi, where she participates in a project with Ugandan LGBTQ+refugees. The project has the title “Tales of Sexuality and Faith: The Ugandan LGBT Refugees Life Story Project”and is funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust. Its lead investigator is Prof. Adriaan van Klinken.  Stories and Lives Stories matter. In my life... Continue Reading →

F&A Series: ‘African women’s anti-witchcraft: what kind of faith-based activism is this?’

Dr Laura S. Grillo is an affiliated faculty at Georgetown University. A historian of religions and cultural anthropologist, she specializes in the contemporary indigenous religions of West Africa, with particular interest in gender, ethics, and postcolonial theory. Throughout West Africa, women’s political activism has exploited the widely held traditional religious belief that postmenopausal elders are... Continue Reading →

F&A Series: ‘Queering Orthodoxy’

Orit Avishai is a Professor of Sociology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Fordham University in New York. Her book in progress is titled Queering Orthodoxy: The Battle for Judaism’s (Straight) Soul. She is co-organizing an international conference of LGBT activists of faith to be held at Fordham in 2021. When it comes to LGBTQ+... Continue Reading →

Q&A with Mikel Burley about his new book, A Radical Pluralist Philosophy of Religion

Mikel Burley is Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy at the University of Leeds, Co-Director of the Centre for Philosophy of Religion and a member of the Centre for Religion and Public Life. His new book, A Radical Pluralist Philosophy of Religion: Cross-Cultural, Multireligious, Interdisciplinary, was published by Bloomsbury in January 2020. For readers of... Continue Reading →

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