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

Prof Sarojini Nadar is the Desmond Tutu SARChI 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 religion and faith …

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 aimed 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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American Academy of Religion

Prof Nadar co-presented a paper with Dr Fatima Seedat (UCT) on Teaching About Islam, Gender, and Women AAR Panel Session, “Between Boundaries: Holding a Space between Quran and Bible in a Feminist Classroom”.

#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

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.

Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians 5th Pan-African Conference

2 – 4 July 2019, Gaborone, Botswana