Sibusiso Masondo


Sibusiso Masondo is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics at the University of KwaZulu Natal. He holds a PhD in comparative religion from the University of Cape Town. He taught Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town. His research and teaching is focused on African Religion, African Christianity and indigenous meaning systems, African Indigenous Churches, African intellectual history, and comparative religion. His current research focus is on the Challenges of African Religion in Contemporary South Africa.

Elisabetta Porcu


Elisabetta Porcu is an Associate Professor of Asian religions at the University of Cape Town. Before moving to South Africa, she worked at various universities in Japan (2004-2010) and taught Japanese religions at the University of Leipzig (2010-2014). She has been Visiting Research Scholar at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken) in Kyoto (2013-2014), Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Hawaii (2013), and Visiting Professor at Kyushu University (2016-2017). Among her publications are the monograph Pure Land Buddhism in Modern Japanese Culture (Brill, 2008), and various articles and book chapters, including “Religion, Second Modernity and Individualization in Japan” (2018); “Contemporary Japanese Buddhist Traditions” (2017); “Pop Religion in Japan: Buddhist Temples, Icons and Branding” (2014); and “Observations on the Blurring of the Religious and the Secular in a Japanese Urban Setting” (2012). Dr. Porcu is the director of the Center for the Study of Asian Religions (CSAR) at the University of Cape Town and the founding editor of the Journal of Religion in Japan (Brill). She is currently working on two book projects on Japanese religions and popular culture and the Gion Festival in Associate Professor of

Dr Lee Scharnick-Udemans


Dr Lee Scharnick-Udemans is the senior researcher in the Desmond Tutu Centre for Religion and Social Justice at the University of the Western Cape. Her research focuses on religious diversity and religious pluralism in the context of contemporary South Africa. Trained in the study of religion and society, Dr Scharnick-Udemans researches, teaches and supervises in the area of religious diversity, pluralism, religion education, the political economy of religion, new religious movements, and the media. She is the co-editor of the Journal for the Study of Religion and the submissions editor for the African Journal of Gender and Religion.

Clementine Nishimwe


Clementine Nishimwe works in the Department of Religion Studies at the University of Johannesburg. Her areas of research interest are migration and religion, Anglican Studies, Christian studies (theology), African Women Theology, and gender studies. She is also interested in qualitative research on religion.

Johan Strijdom

Editor of the Journal for the Study of Religion

Johan Strijdom is a full professor in the comparative study of religion at the University of South Africa. In his research and publications he focuses on religious nationalism and violence, critiques of indigenous claims and practices, and critical approaches to material aspects of religion. These areas are analysed in a comparative and historically nuanced way, by elaborating a critique of class, gender and ethnic power relations, from a postcolonial location in the global south. He was co-editor of the journal Phronimon, which has as its goal the promotion of a dialogue between Western and African philosophies, and is currently editor of the Journal for the Study of Religion, which is published by the Association for the Study of Religion in Southern Africa."

Tahir Sitoto

Executive Committee Member

Tahir Fuzile Sitoto is a Lecturer in the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal on the Durban campus. Between 2004 and 2006 he was a Fulbright Scholar at the State University of New York in the program Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture at Binghamton. A graduate of the University of Cape Town where he has obtained his PhD, he has also studied at King Saud University, Arabic Language Institute in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. His research focus is on black/Africana Existential Philosophy, black African Muslim identity and subjectivities. Also, he has a keen interest on the study of Islam as a spiritual category, Ethics, Religion in poetry, arts and jazz. Besides chapter contributions in book publications like Religion and Spirituality in South Africa: New Perspectives and the recently published, Who is an African: Race, Identity in Post-apartheid South Africa, some of his work appeared in journals such as Islamic Africa, Journal for Islamic Studies, Journal of African Christian Thought, and, Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts & Contemporary Worlds.

Shaheed Tayob

Executive Committee Member

Shaheed Tayob is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Stellenbosch University in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Shaheed’s research is primarily focussed on the Anthropology of Islam with a special interest in food practices and human-animal relations at the intersection of religion and economy.