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 Prof. Sarojini Nadar

Position: Director: Desmond Tutu Centre for Spirituality and Society
Department: Department of Religion and Theology
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Qualifications: BA, BA(Hons), MSoc Sci (UCT), PhD (Natal)
Tel: +27 219593893


 Sarojini Nadar graduated with a BA degree from the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 1996. Her majors were in English Literature and Religious Studies. She obtained a Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) in 1997 and her Masters of Arts in 2000 in the area of Biblical Literature, also at UCT. She obtained her PhD in 2003 at the age of 27 from the erstwhile University of Natal (now UKZN). While she was still undertaking her PhD, she was the coordinator of the International Network in Advanced Theological Education (INATE) from 2002-2005. The network was based in 8 countries and spanned five continents. In 2008, she was appointed to a permanent position as the Director of the Gender and Religion programme which she co-founded. She returned to this position in 2014 after a two-year tenure as the Dean of Research in the College of Humanities in 2012 and 2013. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011 and Full Professor in 2014.


Selected Publications

For a selected list of Publications see:


Edited Books

Chapters in Books

Journal Articles

[Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals]

[Review Articles in Peer-Review Journals]

  • Sarojini Nadar. 2008. "Review Article - Engaging Biblical Authority." Journal of Biblical Interpretation 1. 2008, 375-393
  • Sarojini Nadar.2007. "Review Article: What about the Margins? Biblical Scholarship Fifteen Years after Voices From the Margin." Scriptura 95. 2007, 293-297.
  • Sarojini Nadar. 2002."Review Article - The Bible in Africa: Transactions, Trajectories and Trends." Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 112. March 2002, 99-104.

PhD and Masters Student Supervision Completed


  • Kennedy Owino, “Godly Manhood”: Evangelical Constructions Of Masculinities In A South African Context – A Case Study Of The Mighty Men’s Conference (MMC), - Co-Supervisor with Isabel Phiri, 2014
  • Rosinah Gabaitse: “Towards an African Pentecostal feminist biblical hermeneutic of liberation: Interpreting Acts 2:1-47 in the context of Botswana” – Co-supervisor with Jonathan Draper, 2013
  • Jenette Louisa Sprong, “For Healing and Transformation” A feminist ecclesiological study on the gap between gender policy and practice in the Methodist Church of Southern Africa (MCSA) - Sole Supervisor, 2012
  • Rubeena Partab, "Challenging Masculinities: Critical Feminist Reflections on the relationship between Domestic Violence and Religion." - Sole Supervisor, 2012
  • Cheryl Dibeela, "A Quest for a Liberatory Learning Ethos: (A Case Study of the Women's Associations in the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa)." - Co-Supervisor with Steve De Gruchy, 2011
  • Rose Materu, "Towards Gender-Sensitive Theological Responses To HIV and AIDS: A Critical Study of the HIV And AIDS Policy and Programmes of The Northern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania." - Co-Supervisor with Isabel Apawo Phiri, 2011
  • Lydia Mwaniki, "God's Image or Man's Glory?: A Kenyan Postcolonial Feminist Reading of 1 Corinthians 11:1-16." - Co-Supervisor with Jonathan A. Draper, 2011
  • Beatrice Dedaa Okyere-Manu, "'Shattering the Glass Ceiling': A Critical Feminist Investigation of the Ethical Challenges faced by African Women in Black Economic Empowerment (BEE)." - Co-Supervisor with Felix Munyaradzi Murove, 2011


  • Lindiwe Mkasi, “A threat to Zulu patriarchy and the continuation of community: A queer analysis of same sex relationships amongst female traditional healers at Inanda and KwaNgcolosi, KwaZulu-Natal” Co-supervisor with Isabel Phiri, 2014
  • Alice Fabian (Cum Laude), “For the Bible tells me so? An explorative study of children's critical and theological ability to engage with the Bible, using a contextual Bible Study, on the Widow's Offering in Mark 12 as a case study, Sole Supervisor, 2013
  • Mutale Kaunda, “A search for a life-giving marriage: The Imbusa Initiation Rite as a space for constructing wellbeing among married Bemba women of Zambia” Sole Supervisor, 2013
  • Salvador Macule “Transforming masculinities into an asset for HIV prevention: A case study of how Mabutho's (The UCCSA men's organization) teachings on masculinities can mediate HIV prevention in the UCCSA-Mozambique”, Sole Supervisor, 2013
  • Albert Bangirana, "In God's Image?" Single Women and Vulnerability to HIV." - Sole Supervisor, 2012
  • Jonathan Kangwa, "Gender, HIV and Female Initiation Rites in Zambia." - Sole Supervisor, 2012
  • Ayalkibet Berhanu, “A Gendered Analysis of the HIV&AIDS Policy of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church” – Sole Supervisor, 2012
  • Jessica Richard, "'Resisting Bodies' as a Hermeneutical Tool for a Critical Feminist Christology of Liberation and Transformation." - Sole Supervisor, 2011
  • Bodson Lupyani, "The (Sub)Ordination of Women in the Evangelical Church in Zambia: A Critical Analysis of the Ecclesiological and Hermeneutical Principles Underlying the Refusal of Ordination to Women." - Sole Supervisor,2010
  • Jennifer Sistig, "Who's in Charge in a Genderless Marriage? A Queer Analysis of the Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage as Articulated by the Marriage Alliance of South Africa." - Sole Supervisor, 2010.
  • Nokokure Gaomas, "The Effects of Biblical and Cultural Patriarchy on the Lives of Married Damara Women in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN)." - Sole Supervisor, 2008
  • Virginia Francis, "Prosperity for Whom? Pentecostalism and Social Responsibility." - Co-Supervisor with Mark Swillig, School of Public Management & Planning, University of Stellenbosch, 2008




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