Third Joint Conference of Academic Societies in the Fields of Religion and Theology

  • DATE

    11 July 2016 - 15 July 2016


    Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria (UP)

You are cordially invited to register for our third Joint Conference of Academic Societies in the Fields of Religion and Theology in 2016.

The conference will take place from 11 to 15 July 2016. Details are explained in the registration form. On behalf of the Local Steering and Hosting Committee, I wish to remind you of the following:

The Local Steering and Hosting Committee consists of at least one member from each of the 15 societies involved. These members communicate directly with their societies and you will receive all relevant information from your society’s representative(s). If you require any information or documentation, such as the Call for Papers, please contact the secretary of your society.

Visitors are welcome and are required to register in the manner explained below, and to give clear indication that they are visitors and not members of any of the 15 societies. In case any members or visitors need financial assistance, please contact your society to enquire as to whether such support is available.

The theme of this Conference is ‘Faith and South African Realities’. The topics of the five plenary sessions are:

Topic Speakers and respondents
1. Faith and education in South Africa

Speaker: Mary Metcalfe (University of the Witwatersrand)

Respondent: Gordon Dames (UNISA)

2. Faith and the construction of identities (culture, race, gender, etc)

Speaker: Tinyiko Maluleke (UP)

Respondent: Maria Frahm-Arp (University of Johannesburg)

3.  Faith and cultural realities in South Africa

Speaker: MA Plaatjies-van Huffel (Stellenbosch University)

Respondent: Vuyani Vellem (UP)

4.  Faith, missionality and the decolonial turn

Speaker: Afe Adogame (Princeton Theological Seminary)

Respondent: Nico Botha (UNISA)

5. Faith, public theology, economic and ecological realities

Speaker: Klaus Nürnberg (Emeritus)

Respondent: Rothney Tshaka (UNISA)


Kind regards

Malan Nel

E-mail: [email protected]


Conference fee (excluding accommodation): ZAR1 300,00 per person

This fee includes:

Refreshments during tea and coffee breaks, one finger dinner, conference administration costs, as well as travel and housing for one overseas speaker, honoraria, etc.


Participants are responsible for their own accommodation arrangements.  You can search for accommodation at or Search for accommodation in Pretoria, in the areas of Brooklyn, Lynnwood and Pretoria East.


The area where our conference will be hosted is populated by students and is considered safe. As in any country, one has to be alert and careful. Do not hesitate to contact me directly if you need more information ([email protected]).

Payment options:​ ​

Electronic payments/transfers – Please see the detail in the registration form. Please show deposit or transfer slips at the registration table.

Please send the registration form and proof of payment to: fax: +27 (0) 86 524 5740 or email: [email protected].

To make a credit card payment, please download UP's credit card payment form.

The full amount is payable with registration in South African Rand.

Closing dates for registration:

The closing date for early bird registration is 31 March 2016. After this date, the full amount of R1 300 is payable and the ultimate deadline for registration is 31 May 2016.

Transport from the airport to City Lodge Hotel:

If you arrive in South Africa at OR Tambo International Airport, a very good (and exciting) way to get to Pretoria is by the Gautrain. It departs from inside the airport building. The train is safe and fast. You need to buy a travel card and add money for a one-way trip to the Hatfield Station in Pretoria. You change trains for Hatfield Station at Marlborough Station. The current cost for a one-way ticket is R155,00. For more information, visit

From the Hatfield Station, you may want to take a taxi to your B&B or hotel. If you arrive at OR Tambo International Airport after 19:00, you need to make alternative transport arrangements as the Gautrain will have stopped running. In that case or if you prefer private transport from the airport, you can contact Best Shuttle by sending an email to [email protected]. They will give you a good price there, if you are travelling in a group, there is only a limited extra cost for each additional passenger. This is a very trustworthy service.



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