The School of Humanities in the College of Human Sciences at The University of South Africa (UNISA), in collaboration with VukaniBantuTsohangBatho and the Council for World Mission (CWM) is inviting papers for the Black Theology of Liberation International Conference to be held from 15-17 November 2022 at Unisa Muckleneuk Campus, Pretoria.

Themed “Unthinking the West: The Continued Importance of Doing Black Theology of Liberation for Decolonial Times”, the conference explores questions posed on Black Theology of Liberation (BTL) in the 21st century that has been engulfed with issues including the COVID-19 pandemic, which exposed inequalities in the Global South. These issues including poverty, landlessness, HIV and AIDS, violence against women and children and post-colonial discourse appear to have persisted to become a crisis on which BTL must now live.

The conference, which looks into the importance of BTL as a discourse that “unthinks the West” (Vellem, 2007), also commemorates the lives of Vuyani Vellem, James Cone, Kattie Cannon, Robina Winbush and other ecumenists, prophets and theologians, who were trail blazers in the quest for justice and liberation of the oppressed.

Submission guidelines

All contributions concerning themes within the Liberation paradigm will be considered for presentation for the Black Theology conference programme, and submissions of full length works will be considered for publication in a peer-reviewed edited volume/s. Papers will be considered if they deal with any one or more of the topics below:

Deadline and format for submission

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be submitted to by 30 May 2022.

For inquiries on the conference – please contact Prof Fundiswa Kobo at  (Tel: +27 (0) 12 429 4967) or Prof Rothney Tshaka at  (Tel: +27 (0) 12 429 8402).

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