- Dr Barbara Bompani
- Senior Lecturer in African Development; Programme Director of the MSc in Africa & International Development (incoming students and marketing)
- African StudiesSchool of Social and Political ScienceUniversity of Edinburgh
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- Laurea in Scienze Politiche, University of Bologna
- Master of Science, Centre of African Studies, School of Social and Political Studies, The University of Edinburgh
- PhD, Centre of African Studies, The University of Edinburgh
I have been working in South Africa since 1999 undertaking research on religious organisations and Faith-based Organisations (FBOs). My research focuses on the dialectic relationship between faith organisations, their activities and socio-political action; the production of knowledge around faith, development and the relationship between civil society, society and politics; and the broader scale dynamics of political transformation taking place in South Africa after the end of Apartheid. I have also been involved in a research project looking at the role of Christian churches in Kenya and their role in promoting biotechnology and development. Between 2009 and 2011 I worked on a research project that analysed the role of FBOs in South Africa to support non-citizens during the xenophobic attacks in Spring 2008 and the Churches' critical voice of State intervention. In 2012 I have been awarded a Leverhulme grant to investigate the role of Pentecostal Charismatic Churches in framing the public and political discourse around morality and nationhood in Uganda. This is a two-year project that will run between August 2012 and July 2014.
I am interested in supervising PhD theses that focus on: African civil society, NGOs and FBOs, Religion and Politics, Religion and Development, bottom-up development, South African politics, Religion and Sexuality.
Current PhD students:
Clare Koita: ‘The stakes of transnational civil society action: NGO advocacy interventions and the farmers of Mali’s cotton zone’
Isabella Kasselstrand: ‘"Tell the Minister Not to Talk About God:" A Comparative Study of Secularisation in Protestant Europe’
Elisabetta Spano: ‘In the shadow of Apartheid: politics, identity and integration among South African former immigrants and refugees in Botswana since 1957’
Caroline Valois: ‘Public Rebirth: HIV/AIDS, Sexuality and the Evangelical Presence in Uganda’
Thina Nzo: ‘Local Government, Party Politics and Representation in South Africa’
Global Development Academy
In 2010 I have helped to launch the Global Development Academy and I am currently one of the co-deputy directors of this network.
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Bompani B & Smith J (2013) 'Bananas and the Bible: Biotechnology, the Catholic Church and rural development in Kenya' in International Journal of Religion and Society, vol. 4, n.1-2
Bompani B. (2013) "Local religious organisations performing development: Refugees in the Central Methodist Mission in Johannesburg" in Journal of International Development [in press]
Bompani B. (2012) "South African Constitution and the making of a ‘new’ civil society" in Diritto Pubblico Comparato ed Europeo, vol. 1
Bompani B. (2012) ‘It is not a shelter, it is a church!’ Religious organisations, the public sphere and xenophobia in South Africa' (chapt. 8) in Hopkins P., Kong L. and Olson E. (eds) Religion and place: landscape, politics and piety, Springer, New York.
Bompani B. and Frahm-Arp M. (2010), Development and Politics from Below, Exploring Religious Spaces in the African State, Palgrave-MacMillan, London (2010)
Bompani B. and Frahm-Arp M. (2010), "Development and Politics from Below: New Conceptual Interpretations" in Bompani and Frahm-Arp (eds), Development and Politics from Below, Exploring Religious Spaces in the African State, Palgrave-MacMillan, London
Bompani B. and Frahm-Arp M. (2010), "Reflection on Modernisation without Secularisation" in Bompani and Frahm-Arp (eds), Development and Politics from Below, Exploring Religious Spaces in the African State, Palgrave-MacMillan, London
Bompani B. (2010) Religion and Development from Below: Independent Christianity in South Africa in Journal of Religion in Africa, vol. 40, n.3
Bompani B. (2008) African Independent Churches in Post-Apartheid South Africa: New Political Interpretations, in Journal of Southern African Studies, vol. 34, n.3
Bompani, B. (2006) Mandela Mania: Mainline Christianity in Post-Apartheid South Africa, in Third World Quarterly, vol. 27, No. 6.
Bompani B. (2002), Pluralismo religioso in Sudafrica: I diversi volti della minoranza musulmana in epoca post-colianale, in Afriche e Orienti. Rivista ai confini tra Africa Mediterraneo e Medio Oriente, vol 1. (Translation: Religious pluralism in South Africa: the different faces of the Muslim minority in the post-colonial era)
Bompani B. (2001), AIDS in Africa: il ruolo delle chiese nella lotta al virus, in Afriche e Orienti. Rivista ai confini tra Africa Mediterraneo e Medio Oriente, vol 1. Translation: AIDS in Africa: the role of churches in fighting the virus
Bompani B. (2000), Percorso Bibliografico. La CristianitÀ in Sudafrica, in Afriche e Orienti. Rivista ai confini tra Africa Mediterraneo e Medio Oriente, vol 4. Translation: Christianity in South Africa: a literature review