PhD Project (2022–2024): Being transgender and Christian: A critical reflection on how the experiences of transgender and gender diverse people can offer theological tools of engagement drawing from the Indigenous spiritual traditions. (Research Area Development)
There is an increasing global recognition of the importance of focusing on the less recognised gender identities, though we are seeing an increase in studies that focus mostly on transgender and intersex identities; however, one cannot deny the fact that in Africa there is still much of a need of scholarly work focusing on these minority groups. Within the African faith landscape one can say the Transgender population is still not recognised. Transgender and gender diverse people are still a torn in the flesh of the church and the church is not sure what to do and how to begin conversations about and with these trans-diverse bodies. Hence, the aim of this study is to critically reflect on how the experiences of transgender and gender diverse can offer theological tools to better engage issues of sexuality and gender identity in the African faith landscape, drawing from the Indigenous spiritual traditions.
Drawing from the decolonial queer theory this study hopes to critically reflect on how the experiences of trans and gender diverse people can offer better tools to engage with gender diverse bodies in the faith landscape. This will be done drawing from the resources that are offered by African spiritual traditions in better understanding of diversity.