Transformative Religion
Religion as Situated Knowledge in Processes of Social Transformation

International Research Training Group

Team

Chairpersons

Prof. Dr. Torsten Meireis

Chairperson

Prof. Dr. Jeremy Punt

Chairperson

Prof. Dr. Regina Römhild

Chairperson

Prof. Dr. Federico Settler

Chairperson

Coordination Office

Dr. Clemens Wustmans

Scientific Coordinator

Bettina Schön, M.A.

Coordination Office

Principal Investigators

Prof. Dr. Heike Becker

Principal Investigator

Prof. Dr. Nadine Bowers Du Toit

Principal Investigator

Prof. Dr. Andreas Feldtkeller

Principal Investigator

Prof. Dr. Naika Foroutan

Principal Investigator

Prof. Dr. Jung Ran Annachiara Forte

Principal Investigator

Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Gräb

Principal Investigator

Prof. Dr. John Klaasen

Principal Investigator

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Kluge

Principal Investigator

Prof. Dr. R. Simangaliso Kumalo

Principal Investigator

Prof. Dr. Baz Lecocq

Principal Investigator

Prof. Dr. Henry Mbaya

Principal Investigator

Prof. Dr. Torsten Meireis

Principal Investigator | Chairperson | Speaker

Prof. Dr. Maheshvari Naidu

Principal Investigator

Prof. Dr. Beatrice Okyere-Manu

Principal Investigator

Prof. Dr. Jeremy Punt

Principal Investigator | Chairperson | Speaker

Prof. Dr. Regina Römhild

Principal Investigator | Chairperson

Prof. Dr. Federico Settler

Principal Investigator | Chairperson

Prof. Dr. D. Xolile Simon

Principal Investigator

Prof. Dr. Ignatius Swart

Principal Investigator

Associated Researchers

Dr. Ayşe Almıla Akca

Associated Researcher

Prof. Dr. Johan Cilliers

Associated Researcher

Prof. Dr. Dr. Dion Forster

Associated Researcher

Dr. Meike Haken

Associated Researcher

Dr. Kennedy Owino

Associated Researcher

Prof. Dr. Marcia Pally

Associated Researcher

Prof. Dr. Almut-Barbara Renger

Associated Researcher

Prof. Dr. Benedikt Schmidt

Associated Researcher

PHD-Candidates and Postdocs
Name Position Location Topic
Apollis, Quinton
PhD
South Africa
The role of faith in decolonised university-based development praxis: a practical theological study (Development)
Confait, Laureen
PhD
South Africa
An intersectional study of religion, gender and social transformation within the context of Ethiopian women migrants in South Africa (Migration)
Dramat, Sakeenah
PhD
South Africa
Mediated representation of Islam and Muslims at the intersections of digital culture and national identity (National Identity)
Hlabisa, Mlungisi Vusumuzi
PhD
South Africa
A Black Messiah: demystifying Isaiah Shembe's identity, His corpus and Sacred Dance (National Identity)
Jakarasi, Maja
PhD
South Africa
When decolonization and capitalism intersect–exploring the role of contemporary mental illness healing practice among the Shona people in Zimbabwe (Healing)
Kokoma, Zikhona
PhD
South Africa
Amaggirha Nemicimbi: The Art of Healing (Migration)
Nkosi, Lerato
PhD
South Africa
Unpaid and invisible work in the context of the social and public health crisis in South Africa: a critical theological reflection (Development)
Sithole. Sizwesamajobe Gcinizwi
PhD
South Africa
Being transgender and Christian in the Zion church: a critical intersectional reflection on how religion, tradition, and cultural resources can be integrated as theoretical tools to harness and create life affirming spaces in the engagement of transgender people as they navigate faith, gender, and sexual construction in the Zion churches in KwaZulu-Natal (Development)
Thabede, Nomusa
PhD
South Africa
An investigation into the Impact of Traditional Healing Agents at Nongoma District in KZN: A Religio-Anthropology Study (Healing)
Benyamina, Sina
PhD
Berlin
Testimonies of Healing (Healing)
Breitfeld, Georg
PhD
Berlin
Theological Critique of Religion as Critique of Domination. Explorations in the wake of Karl Barth (National Identity)
Hasan, Farah
PhD
Berlin
Development of a Post-Migrant Muslim Identity (Migration)
Kraslavsky, Anat
PhD
Berlin
Discourses of New Anti-Semitism in the German Context (Migration)
Langen, Jakob
PhD
Berlin
Constitutional references to God - Religious semantics in a political context. The cases of the German Grundgesetz and the South African Constitution (National Identity)
van der Puije, Nina
PhD
Berlin
Decolonizing Evaluation Practice in the Development Sector Towards the Acknowledgment of African Religious Development' Alternatives (Development)
Dr. Pietersen, Leonore
Postdoc
South Africa
Theology and ecclesiology as a transformative instrument for the moral and spiritual development of black [oppressed] communities in South Africa
Dr. Öhlmann, Philipp
Postdoc
Berlin
Tracing the Impact of Religion in the Post-Covid World: Economy and Ecology in Southern Africa