Faculty of Theology welcomes postcolonial religion scholar, Dr. Federico G. Settler, as visiting researcher

This fall, the Faculty has the honor of having Dr. Federico Settler as visiting researcher. Dr. Settler comes from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, and will stay for the whole semester.

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The University of Oslo’s Faculty of Theology is pleased to announce visiting researcher, Dr Federico Settler, from the University of KwaZulu-Natal's School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics.

Dr Settler is a sociologist of religion who specialises in race, migration and postcolonialism. He is a key thinker in sociology of religion in Southern Africa and internationally. He received his PhD from the University of Cape Town and has held prestigious research fellowships in African studies at both Harvard and Oxford.

His current research and writing focuses on religion and migration, and the place of the body in the study of religion. Dr Settler will be linked to the Faculty of Theology as a visiting researcher until January 2019.

Dr Settler recently delivered a paper at the Faculty’s CORE Seminar with the title “Re-imagining religion and the everyday from a postcolonial perspective” and he will participate in various faculty seminars for the remainder of the semester.

During his residency, Dr Settler plans to complete a monograph on Fanon, Religion and Protests in South Africa after Apartheid, as well as a co-edited volume titled Religion, Gender and Sexuality in Africa. He recently published an essay in the volume Borderland Religion edited by Prof Trygve Wyller, Daisy Machado and Bryan Turner.

The UiO Faculty of Theology has enjoyed a long history of academic partnership with University of KwaZulu-Natal, spanning more than three decades through students and faculty exchanges as well as joint research. Dr Settler’s residency as a visiting researcher, not only affirms the Faculty’s commitment to sustained partnerships with African religion and theology institutions like University of KwaZulu-Natal, but also the impact of postcolonial scholarship in the Nordic context.

Published Oct. 31, 2018 4:13 PM - Last modified Oct. 31, 2018 4:24 PM