The Desmond Tutu Centre’s research areas are divided into five main thematic foci: Religion and Gender, Religion and the Economy, Religion and the Environment, Religion and Politics, and Religion and Education. The thematic foci do not function as discrete categories but rather as guidelines for illustrating the depth and breadth of the Centre’s undertakings.

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Professor Sarojini Nadar

As the Desmond Tutu Research Chair in Religion and Social Justice, under a bilateral cooperation agreement between the National Research Foundation SARChI initiative and the Lund Mission Society. The purpose of the Desmond Tutu Research Chair in Religion and Social Justice will be to develop and promote advanced research that examines the ways in which religious and faith …

Our Tuesday Seminar series


The DTCRSJ in collaboration with the Department of Religion and Theology co-hosted five joint seminars between April 2018 and April 2019 at the University of the Western Cape. These seminars aim to provide a space for critical dialogue and engagement on key topics and innovative research approaches relevant to the fields of religion and social justice.

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#MeToo Tweets the Pastor

Research Methodological Concerns about the project, “The Role of Religious Leaders in Preventing and Intervening in Youth Partner Violence” – Interview with Dr Evelyn L. Parker

African Traditional Religion: Status and Practice in South Africa

Conversations and lectures by Dr Nokuzola Mndende, African Traditional Religion expert and practitioner
4-6 August 2019, Cape Town, South Africa

Economies of Violence

1 August 2019, School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape

Noise complaint against District Six mosque shows increasing religious intolerance

As part of the centre’s commitment to interrogating the ways in which religion is involved and implicated in a variety of uneven power relations in society, we consciously work to bridge the gap between academia and civil society in productive and thoughtful ways.