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African Scholars Contribute to Bible and Activism Conference at Leeds


LUCAS / LAHRI Virtual Research Fellow Dr Robert Kuloba Wabyanga (pictured) visited West Yorkshire in late January for a research event at the University of Leeds. Dr. Wabyanga is Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible in the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy at Kyambogo University in Uganda. His travel was funded by a grant from The Spalding Memorial Education Trust, which supports “inter-religious study to promote mutual understanding and respect.” It was wonderful to have opportunity to welcome Dr. Wabyanga to the University in person said his mentor Professor Johanna Stiebert.

On the day of the University of Leeds conference on the Bible and Activism, Dr. Wabyanga presented a paper based on research conducted during his time as virtual research fellow. The paper title was “Afro-biblical Reading of Genesis 2-3 in Relation to Climate Change”. A longer version will be published in a forthcoming volume with Sheffield Phoenix Press: Activism, the Bible, and the Classroom: Global and Practical Approaches for Teaching Biblical Studies for Social Justice, to be edited by Johanna Stiebert.

The day conference on Bible and Activism, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, was attended by an international team of scholars including several others who are also based on the African continent: Dr. Johnathan Jodamus and Prof. Sarojini Nadar (both from the University of the Western Cape, South Africa) and Dr. Mmapula Kebaneilwe (University of Botswana).

The University looks forward to more opportunities to welcome international scholars.  For more information on the LUCAS/LAHRI fellow scheme see here.


Main header photo: Dr. Johnathan Jodamus, Dr. Robert Kuloba Wabyanga and Professor Sarojini Nadar

Top photo: Dr Robert Kuloba Wabyanga

Bottom photo: Professor Sarojini Nadar and Dr. Mmapula Kebaneilwe