Researchers

Prof Musa W. Dube
University of Botswana, Botswana

Team Leader

Prof Musa Dube, a humbodltian awardee (2011), teaches biblical, gender and research courses at the University of Botswana. Her area of specialization is the New Testament and her research interests include gender, postcolonial, translation and HIV/AIDS studies. Prof. Dube  has written numerous articles and book chapters; co-authored and edited several anthologies and is a highly sought-after speaker who has given talks in more than 30 countries worldwide. Prof Dube is currently the Principal Investigator of “Botho/Ubuntu and Community Building in Urban Space: And Exploration of Naomi Laban, Baby and Bridal Showers in Gaborone,” a research project funded by the John Templeton Foundation through the Nagel Institute in Calvin College. The study consists of 10 University of Botswana researchers and seeks to explore how women-driven showers may reflect African spirituality nurtured by virtues of Botho/Ubuntu in the urban space. In her latest publications, Prof Dube has explored reading sacred texts for environmental justice and investigated theoretical frameworks provided by the indigenous trickster stories of Southern Africa. These articles were published as: “The Subaltern Can Speak: Reading the Mmutle (Hare) Way.” Journal of Africana Religions, 4(1): 54-72 (2016). and “And God Saw that it was Good!  An Earth-Friendly Theatrical Reading of Genesis 1.” Black Theology,13(3):1-17(2015). respectively.

 

Dr. Elizabeth Pulane Motswapong
University of Botswana, Botswana

Team Member

Dr Elizabeth Pulane Motswapong is a Lecturer in World Religions in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Botswana. Her area of specialisation is in Indian Religions with a concentration on Hindu Studies. She holds a BA and- PGDE from the University of Botswana, a MA in African and Indian Religions from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London and a PhD in Religious Studies (Hindu Studies) from the University of Kent, UK. Her Ph.D dissertation, which she wrote under the supervision of Professor Burkhard Scherer, was on Marriage Dana/ Gifts in Ancient and Modern with specific reference on Hindu Dowry/ Dahej. Dr. Motswapong is currently engaged in teaching- both post graduates and  undergraduates- in the following areas:- World Religions, specifically South Asian Religions,-Hinduism, Buddhism, Comparative religions, Gender and Religion, Philosophy of Religion, Religion and Modernity and Religious Pluralism. She also supervises both undergraduates and post-graduates in the areas of her expertise. Her areas of research include: Gender and Sexuality (specifically Women and LGBTs in Botswana), Comparative Religions, Religion and Migration, Sacred Texts and Textual Criticism. She advocates for Religious Pluralism in Botswana and her views can be read at http://www.weekendpost.co.bw/wp-news-details.php?nid=2001.

Her latest publications include:

Motswapong P.E.& Kebaneilwe  M. D. (2016). “Vashti and Sita: The Daring Sisters We Could Trust.” Gender Studies, 14(1):83–94. ISSN (Online) 2286-0134, ISSN (Print) 1583-980X, DOI: 10.1515/genst-2016-0006, February 2016.

Motswapong E.P. (2015). “Sita’s Story  as a Text of Terror: A Motswana Woman’s Impressions.” In R. Rossetta and R.S. Amenga Etego (Eds.) Unravelling and Reweaving Sacred Canon in Africana Womanhood. Lexington Books, New York. pp 153-166.

Motswapong, E.P. (2010). ‘A Super gift or a Conduit: The Place of the Daughter in the Indian Marriage Exchange’ Nidan International Journal for Study of Hinduism, 22:82-96. ISSN 1016-5320.

Motswapong, E.P. (2009). ‘Lesbians and Gays in Botswana: Surviving behind the mask.’ In B. Scherer. (Ed).  Queer Paradigms. Peter Lang Printing and Publishing, Germany.  pp 336-340.

 

Dr. G.S Ntloedibe-Kuswani
University of Botswana, Botswana

Team Member

Dr. G.S Ntloedibe-Kuswani is a Senior Lecturer in Education Technology & Distance Education at the University of Botswana. She holds a PhD in Instructional Design Development & Evaluation from Syracuse University in New York. Her broad teaching and research interests focus on educational technology with an emphasis on reaching distance learners and transforming learning environments through the use of emerging technologies. Dr. Ntloedibe-Kuswani also holds a Masters in Theology from Edinburgh University and has conducted previous research on religious pluralism and indigenous African religions. Her publications in religion include three books entitled Reflections on Religions - Books 1,2,3; and book chapters titled “Translating the Divine: The Case of Modimo in the Setswana Bible” and “Witchcraft as a Challenge to Batswana ideas of community and relationships” in the book Imagining Evil: Witchcraft Beliefs and Accusations in Contemporary Africa published by Africa World Press (2007). 

 

Dr. M D Kebaneilwe
University of Botswana, Botswana

Team Member

Mmapula Diana Kebaneilwe (PhD) is a Womanist scholar and lecturer in Hebrew and Old Testament Studies at the University of Botswana. She completed her PhD with the University of Murdoch in Western Australia in 2012. Her broad research interests include: Women and the Hebrew Bible; Wisdom literature and Psalms; the Hebrew Bible and Environmental issues; Women, HIV/ AIDS and the Bible.

Affiliations: Old Testament Society of South Africa (OTSSA); African Consortium for Law and Religion (ACLARS); Association of Theological Institutions in Southern and Central Africa (ATISCA); Association for the study of Religion in Southern Africa (ASRSA) and  BOLESWA.

 

Dr. Rosinah Mmannana Gabaitse
University of Botswana, Botswana

Team Member

Rosinah Mmannana Gabaitse is a lecturer in Biblical Studies at the University of Botswana within the Department of Theology and Religious Studies. She recently completed her PhD at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Dr. Gabaitse researches and publishes in the field of feminist biblical hermeneutics, Luke-Acts and Pentecostalism. Dr. Gabaitse’s research focuses on establishing a link between teaching and researching in a University and grassroots communities which has led to her publications on the spread of HIV and AIDS, gender based violence and masculinities. 

 

Malebogo Kgalemang
University of Botswana, Botswana

Team Member

Malebogo Kgalemang is a Senior Lecturer in the Biblical Studies Unit of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Botswana. She received her B.A. (Humanities 1999) from the University of Botswana, her MTh (2000) from the University of Glasgow and her MPhil (2011) from Drew University. Her research engages the Bible from postcolonial, gender, sexuality, and cultural studies. Her non-biblical research interests include women, the body and gender in civic spaces. She has also taken a deep interest in the African novel especially novels that interweave the triad categories of post colonialism, gender and religion. Currently, she is revising her dissertation on the foremost African novelist Ngugi wa Thiong’o titled “Ngugi’s Postcolonial Bible.” Upon its completion, she plans to focus on engaging African Pentecostalism as a decolonizing practice in the formation of a particular form of African Christianity. Her selected publications include “Soundings in Cultural Studies: Perspectives and Methods in Culture, Power, and Identity in the New Testament”: A Review Essay (2014); “Sex and the Single Pentecostal Christian Woman” (2014) and “The Role of the Youth in Shaping African Christianity” (2016).

 

Rev. Tshenolo Madigele
University of Botswana, Botswana

Team Member

Rev. Tshenolo Jennifer Madigele is an ordained Minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Botswana and a Lecturer of Theology at The University of Botswana. Her teaching areas include Practical Theology and Systematic Theology.  She holds a Masters of Arts in Humanities, specializing in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Botswana. Her research interests focus on Human Sexuality, with particular attention to the LGBTI (Lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgendered and the intersexed) communities; and Pastoral Care and Counseling.

Her publications include:

Amanze, J. N. and Moenga, T. J. (2014). "What is love got to do with it: A Theological Analysis of Passion killings in Botswana and the response of the Church." BOLESWA Journal of Theology, Religion and Philosophy, 4 (2): 206-222. 

 

Senzokuhle Doreen Setume
University of Botswana, Botswana

Team Member

Mrs Senzokuhle Doreen Setume is a Lecturer of Religious Studies at the University of Botswana. She holds a MA (Humanities) in Theology and Religious Studies and a Masters in Education (Research and Evaluation) from the University of Botswana. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Social Anthropology with Leiden University for which she is exploring how methodological nuptialism has shaped the study of marital relationships in Botswana. She teaches courses on African Traditional Religions and World Religions. She is interested in exploring how African Traditional Religions are interacting, adapting, adopting and being shaped (or shaping) by modernity and globalisation in terms of gender, urbanisation and formal education. Her current works include: Myths and Beliefs About Disabilities: Implications for Educators and Counselors.” She is currently working on a joint project under the title Ubuntu and Community Building in the Urban Space: An Exploration of Naomi, Laban, Baby and Bridal Showers in Gaborone.”   

 
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01 June, 2017

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Nagel Research Book Project: ‘The Nation That Fears God Prospers’: A Zambian Pentecostal Theology of Nations

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By: Dr Chammah J. Kaunda

 

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