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Education University of Groningen Summer Schools Winter Schools

Religion and Human Security in Africa

Dates + location 21 - 25 January 2019, Cape Coast, Ghana
Level (Advanced) BA / MA / PhD
Fee 100
Coordinator Prof. Kocku von Stuckrad
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When it comes to human security in Africa, religion plays an important and yet understudied role. This interdisciplinary winter school scrutinizes religion as a destabilizing as well as beneficial factor for humans to feel safe in their personal environments. Security, here, refers to the levels of personal relationships (partnerships, families, ethnic communities), of economic challenges (labor market, financial security), as well as of international developments (postcolonial power-relations, ecological changes, etc.). To unpack the complexity of these levels of security, and to reveal their interrelatedness, the Winter/New Year School will address concrete questions, such as, but not limited to:

  • How would a postcolonial Africa look like without any aids and without a “teleology of development”?
  • How can we understand religion in an economic market characterized by churches acting as big businesses, as well as by culturally adaptive systems that have fostered phenomena of modern-day slavery?
  • What is the role of religion in discourses of sexuality and physical security?
  • How does religion respond to ecological challenges and insecurities caused by climate change?

This exciting Winter/New Year School is research-driven and multidisciplinary, offering a wide range of perspectives. We invite you to bring in your knowledge and ambitions, and to share your experiences and questions.

  • Kocku von Stuckrad
  • Joram Tarusarira
  • Samuel Awuah-Nyamekye
  • Brenda Bartelink


University of Cape Coast, Ghana
University of Cape Coast, Ghana
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