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: ‘On Faith as Activism in Black Lives Matter’

Biko Mandela Gray is Assistant Professor of American Religion at Syracuse University. He teaches on race, identity, and religion in the United States, and his research interests are on subjectivity, ethics, and race in the study of religion. Follow him on Twitter: @BikoMandelaGray They found her, hanging. Unable to make bail, unable to fund her... Continue Reading →

Faith & Activism: Call for Contributions

In the forthcoming twelve months, the Leeds Centre for Religion and Public Life will be publishing a special online series via our ‘Religion in Public’ site titled ‘Faith and Activism’. This series will explore the diverse and complex relationship between faith and socio-political activism in a variety of global contexts and in relation to a... Continue Reading →

Beyond African religious homophobia: How Christianity is a source of African LGBT activism

The emergence of anti-homosexuality politics in Africa is often explained with reference to religion. Although religion is a major factor in fuelling homophobia in Africa, the Bible and the Christian faith are not only sites of struggle but have also been appropriated by African LGBT activists in support of their cause. Adriaan van Klinken says we need... Continue Reading →

Religion, Homosexuality and LGBT Rights in Africa: Book Launch and Symposium

7th April 2016, 13.00-17.00, University of Leeds Speakers Dr Barbara Bompani, University of Edinburgh Prof Ezra Chitando, University of Zimbabwe Rev Jide Macaulay, House of Rainbow Ministries Dr Adriaan van Klinken, University of Leeds Dr Matthew Waites, University of Glasgow   Occasion The symposium marks the launch of two books, edited by Ezra Chitando &... Continue Reading →

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