It gives us great pleasure to invite colleagues as well as the public to the First G.C. Oosthuizen Memorial Lecture at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. It will form part of the Annual Congress of the Association for the Study of Religion in Southern Africa and will be followed by a selection of papers on the scholarly significance and the intellectual legacy of G.C. Oosthuizen. Scholarly articles based on these papers will be published in a special journal edition of the Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of the Arts and Humanities in Southern Africa, Alternation.

Memorial Lecture Speaker: Prof P.P. Kumar (UKZN)
Towards a Sociology of Religion in South Africa: Significance of G.C. Oosthuizen’s work on African Initiated Churches (AICs) and New Age Movements (New Religious Movements)


Sociology of Religion in South Africa in particular, has been a neglected field within the Social Sciences. There are a number of reasons why this is the case, prominent of them being the assumption that the future of religion is uncertain in the context of an emerging secular society. However, a few scholars pursued their work often outside the mainstream of the Social Sciences to work on the sociological significance of religion. The most prominent among them was G.C. Oosthuizen who through his work on the African Indigenous Churches (AICs) and African Traditional Religion (ATR) laid the foundations for the Sociology of Religion in the Southern African region. The Memorial Lecture intends to explore some of his work and its significance for the study of Religion in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Venue: Auditorium, University of KwaZulu-Natal Innovation Centre (Gate 9)
Date: 26 August 2011
Time: 08.30.

Kind regards 

Prof JA Smit
Academic Coordinator: Religion (UKZN) and
Vice-President: Association for the Study of Religion in Southern Africa

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