On ‘British Fair Play’, Christian Theology and the Rule of Law

Professor Rachel Muers is a member of the Centre of Religion and Public Life and works in the department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Leeds. Her areas of interest and expertise are modern Christian thought; feminism; Quaker theology and environmental ethics. Should a British government pass a law that allows it,... Continue Reading →

F&A Series: Mishpat as a Counter-Narrative to Nationalism

Dr. Nash’s speciality is in a constructive approach to historical theology. Her doctorate argued that an enslaved woman was an overlooked theologian who queried theodical issues in Nineteenth Century America. Currently, she has expanded this examination to include nationalist rhetoric that’s religiously inflected. Dr Nash is a visiting Research Fellow for the Leeds Centre of... Continue Reading →

Researcher of the Month – July 2020, Dr Lee-Shea Salma Scharnick-Udemans

Dr Lee-Shae Salma Scharnick-Udemans is Senior Researcher at the Desmond Tutu Research Centre for Religion and Social Justice at the University of the Western Cape, whom the Leeds Centre for Religion and Public Life have a MoU with. Dr Scharnick-Udeman researches, teaches and supervises in the area of religious diversity, pluralism, religion education, the political economy of religion, new... Continue Reading →

F&A Series: Branding, labeling and (re)storing – Conservative Christian food activism in South Africa

Dr. Hans Olsson is a Marie Curie fellow at the Centre of African Studies, University of Copenhagen. He is currently working on a project on the interplay between Christianity, farming and environment in South Africa funded by Horizon 2020, European Union. His research interests are currently in the intersection of religion, culture and nature.  What... Continue Reading →

F&A Series: “I don’t see how anybody can be spiritual without having it come in action.” – ‘Lavender’ from ‘Religious, Feminist, Activist’

Laurel Zwissler is Associate professor of Religion, Women and Gender Studies affiliate, at Central Michigan University. Her Religious, Feminist, Activist investigates intersections of gender and theoretical debates about religion in the public sphere. Current fieldwork within the fair-trade movement explores definitions of community simultaneously created by economic globalization and its critics. As an anthropologist of... Continue Reading →

Researcher of the Month – April 2020, Ann Gillian Chu

Ann Gillian Chu is a PhD (Divinity) candidate in the Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics, St Mary’s College, the University of St Andrews. She is jointly supervised by Dr John Perry and Prof. Mario Aguilar. Her research interests cover the intersection between theological ethics, political theology, and theological anthropology in the context... Continue Reading →

F&A Series: ‘Community-based Care and the Possibility of Religious Activism in Japan’

Aura Di Febo recently completed a PhD in Japanese Studies at the University of Manchester. Her research looks at the social engagement and public presence of religious organisations in contemporary Japan. Currently a postdoctoral fellow in the UKRI project “Religion and Minority” and a Lecturer at the University of Leeds. At present Japan faces a... Continue Reading →

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 →

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