Research Institute for Theology and Religion

Prof C Landman

College of Human Sciences
Research Institute for Theology and Religion
Tel: 012 429 4309
Fax: 012 429 3525


  • DTh (Church History) Unisa 1987
  • DTh (Practical Theology) Unisa 2008
  • MA (Classical Greek) Unisa 1980
  • BTh (Latin) University of Pretoria 1988

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Fields of academic interests

Research interests

  • Religion History and Church Polity
  • Oral History
  • Gender issues
  • Religious healing

Field of Specialisation

  • Church History: Early Church, Middle Ages, South African history of Christianity
  • Oral History: Retrieving marginalised voices
  • Gender Studies
  • Church Polity

Journal articles

Articles in accredited journals (only since 2003)

  • Black women’s life stories as sources for teaching Church History", in Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 29(1), 2003, pp 247-265 (with Victor Molobi).
  • "The Gospel according to Mary Magdalene", Acta Patristica et Byzantina 14, 2003, pp 176-185.
  • "Women healers in Atteridgeville: research method and findings", Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 30(1), 2004, pp 205-221.
  • "Women and (c)overt power", Theologia Viatorum 28(1), 2004, pp 56-69.
  • "Agnes Blannbekin (d 1315): Lay female mysticism as a source of indigenous knowledge, Acta Patristica et Byzantina15, 2004, pp 219-232.
  • "‘Leefstyl-Bybel vir vroue’: Afrikaans-speaking women amidst a paradigm shift", Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 31.1, 2005, pp 147-162.
  • With M-A Plaatjies, "Vroue in die teologiese antropologie van die Afrikaanse gereformeerde tradisie", Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 31.1, 2005, pp 203-222.]
  • "Die teologiese bestuur van morele intelligensie", Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe 45.3, 2005.
  • "Sexuality and spirituality in a South African female correctional centre", Scriptura 88.3, 2005.
  • With MM Pieterse, "Feminist responses to the historical and current influences of belief on sexual relationships," Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 31.2, 2005.
  • "The body as a site of relationship in the Sermones super Cantica Canticorum of Bernard of Clairvaux (d 1153), Acta Patristica et Byzantina 16, 2005, pp 233-244.
  • "Can justice be embodied in sexist language? A challenge to the confession of Belhar", Ned Geref Teologiese Tydskrif, Deel 47, Nos 1,2 (Maart en Junie 2006), pp 283-291.
  • "Educating the body of the female child: Feminisms in dialogue with Jerome (d 420), Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 32.1, 2006, pp147-161.
  • "The incarcerated body: Judicial inspections, human rights and religious policy in prisons in South Africa", Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 32.2, 2006, pp 321-343.
  • "Christinah Nku and St John’s: One hundred years later", in Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 32.3, 2006, pp 1-32.
  • "Kulturele en teologiese lyne as die fondament van die vroegste Christendom", in Acta Patristica et Byzantina27, 2006, pp 272-294.
  • "Mercy Amba Ewudziwa Oduyoye: Mother of our stories", in Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 33.1 (2007):197-204.
  • met CD Flaendorp, "Die spiritualiteit van die bruinmense van Suurbraak: Gister, vandag en more," in Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 33.2 (2007), ;; 167-195.
  • "Religion as a means of preventing injury and promoting safety: Christian discourses on embodiment as safety discourses", in African Safety Promotion 5.2 (2007):
  • "Hi/stories of gender in/justice", in Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 34 (Supplement 2008):161-180.
  • "Farm ministries in the Hoedspruit area: Past and present", in Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 34.2 (2008):187-201.
  • "The healing of intimate spaces through the deconstruction of religious discourses: Co-constructing alternative stories of faith in the context of township spiritualities," in Practical Theology in South Africa 22.3(2008):201-218.
  • "A theology for the older, female HIV-infected body", in Exchange:Journal of Missiological and Ecumenical Research 37.1(2008):52-67.
  • "Calvinism and South African women – a short historical overview", in Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 35.2(2009), pp 89-102.
  • "The history and future of training faith leaders for participation in Employee Assistance Programmes, in Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 35(Supplement, 2009), pp 99-115.
  • "Simon Maimela as public theologian of the 1980s and 1990s", in Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 36 (Supplement), July 2010, pp 49-65.
  • "Religious memory and healing: the oral historian as healer in three South African contexts", in Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 36.3 (October 2010), 207-217.
  • "A Public Theology for Intimate Spaces", in International Journal of Public Theology" 5 (2011), pp 63-77.
  • "A Public Theology for Intimate Spaces", in International Journal of Public Theology" 5 (2011), pp 63-77.
  • "Violence as development? A challenge to the church". Verbum et Ecclesia 32.3 (2011).
  • "Wealth and contra-culture in the Passio Sanctarum Perpetuae et Felicitatis, Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 37.2(October 2011), pp 1-13.
  • "Die kerkorde as emporium en anti-emporium" in Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae XXXVII, Supplement, December 2011.
  • With Mokhele Madise: "Soccer prayers as a means of teaching religious values". Accepted for publication in Commonwealth Youth and Development 9(1):11. 2011
  • "Traumatised between culture and religion: Women’s stories", Practical Theology in South Africa/HTS 68(2) 2012
  • "Lindiwe Myeza: Unfreezing the walking voice". Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 38.2 (2012), pp 287-298
  • "The (de)construction of religious identity in oral history research in South Africa". In Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 39.1(2013), pp 247-259.
  • "Safe spaces for women in the church: The case of Dullstroom-Emnotweni". In Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 39.2 (2013), pp 169-184.
  • "Talking Hope: Dirkie Smit and Public Theology", in Ned Geref Teol Tydskrif 54.5 (2013):168-178.
  • "The church as a HIV competent faith community: An assessment of the Christian AIDS Bureau For Southern Africa’s Churches: Channels of Hope training", in Verbum et Ecclesia Vol 35, No 2 (2014), 6 pages. Published 6 August 2014.
  • "The piety of German women in South Africa", in Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae Vol 40, No 2 (2014), pp 143-153.
  • With Lufuluvhi M Mudimeli: "The vhusadzi theology of ministry", in Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 40 Supplement (2014), pp 269-283.
  • With Emem Agbiji: "Overcoming fragmentation and waste in health care systems in Africa: Collaboration of health care professionals with pastoral caregivers", HTS Theological Studies Vol 70 no 2 (7 Nov 2014), Art #2654, 11 pages.
  • With Emem Agbiji: "Health and health care in a Nigerian historical context", in Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae Vol 40 No 1 (May 2014), pp 233-249.
  • "Youth on the margins as agents of change? The call for the opening of mines in Dullstroom-Emnotweni based on the Freedom Charter (1955)", accepted for publication in Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 41 (2015), pp 156-168.

Articles published in non-accredited, (inter)national journals/books (only since 2003)

  • "Een nieuw bijbelkommentaar in het Zuid-Afrikaans verschaft een nieuwe visie voor Afrikaner vrouwen", in Wereld en Zending 4, 2004.
  • "Seelsorgliche Begleitung von Frauen mit HIV/AIDS, in Katja Heidemanns & Marco Moerschbacher (Hg), Gott vertrauen? AIDS und Theologie im südlichen Afrika, Freiburg, Basel, Wien: Herder, 2005.
  • "A Theology for the Older, Female Hiv-Infected Body", in Exchange 37 (2008):52-67.
  • "Religious identity of migrant farm workers in Hoedspruit, South Africa", in Forum Mission 5(2009):171-185.
  • "A theology for the recession", in Discourse: Recession: An in-depth look into the realities behind the news. University of Johannesburg, pp 49-43.
  • "Free but fragile: Human relations amidst poverty and HIV in democratic South Africa", in the Oral History Journal of South Africa, Vol 2, no 2 (2014).

Articles in Books/journals (only since 2004)

  • Spiritual care-giving to women affected by HIV/Aids, in I Phiri ea (eds), African women, HIV/AIDS and faith communities, Pietermaritzburg: Cluster, 2004.
  • The Bible as a source of healing for women affected by HIV/Aids, in Mercy Amba Oduyoye and Elizabeth Amoah (eds), People of faith and the challenge of HIV/Aids. Ibadan: Sefer, 2004, pp 301-312.
  • Seelsorgliche Begleitung von Frauen mit HIV/AIDS, in Katja Heidemanns & Marco Moerschbacher (Hg), Gott vertrauen? AIDS und Theologie im südlichen Africa. Freiburg, Basel, Wien: Herder, 2005, pp 233-251.
  • Spiritual healing as an indigenous knowledge system, in CW du Toit (ed), The impact of knowledge systems on human development in Africa. Pretoria, Unisa: Research Institute for Theology and Religion, 2007, pp 229-244.
  • "Women embodying public theology", in LD Hansen (ed), 2007. Christian in Public. Aims, methodologies and issues in public theology. Beyers Naude Centre Series for Public Theology, Volume 3. Stellenbosch: Sun Press, pp 201-208.
  • "Die situasie is hopeloos, maar nie ernstig nie: Die geskiedenis en toekoms van die huwelik", in Chris Jones (red), Kan ons nie maar net saambly nie? Bybelse perspektiewe op liggaamlikheid, seks en die huwelik in nuwe tye. Welllington: Bybel-Media, 2010, pp 21-30.
  • "Op reis met my preek", in Deon Bester, Johan Cilliers, ian Nell (reds), Teen my sin en beterwete: Kantaantekeninge oor preek en preekmaak", Wellington: Bybel-Media, 2010, pp 9-18.
  • "Theological Education in South Africa", in Handbook of Theological Education in Africa (Isabel Phiri & Dietrich Werner (eds). Oxford: Regnum 2013:1164 pp (ISBN 978-1-908355-19-5), pp 239-245.
  • "Die eindtyd: Gaan ons dit oorleef? En waar gaan ons woon?", in Stephan Joubert ea, 2012: Is dit die einde van die wêreld? Vanderbijlpark: Carpe Diem, 2011.
  • "Talking hope – Dirkie Smit and public theology. In Hansen, L, Koopman, N & Vosloo, R. Living Theology. Essays presented to Dirk J. Smit on his sixtieth birthday. Wellington, South Africa: Bible Media, pp 525-535. 2011
  • "God? Gesprekke oor die oorsprong en uiteinde van alles" (eds George Claassen & Frits Gaum, Tafelberg 2012), pp 296-305.
  • "Remembering Feminist Theology in South Africa, 1960/82-1990", in Reformed Churches in South Africa and the Struggle for Justice: Remembering 1960-1990, (Robert Vosloo & Mary-Anne Plaatjies-Van Huffel eds), Stellenbosch: SUN Press, pp 200-210.
  • "Teaching Oral History", in C Landman (ed), Oral History: Representing the hidden, the untold and the veiled. OHASA Conference Proceedings, RITR/DAC: Pretoria, 2013, pp 185-192.
  • "The histories of children’s futures", in C Landman (ed), Oral History: Heritage and Identity. OHASA Conference Proceedings, RITR/DAC: Pretoria. 2013, pp 205-210.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Editor: Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae, accredited journal of the Church History Society of Southern Africa
  • Editor: Oral History Journal of South Africa, journal of the Oral History Association of Southern Africa (OHASA)
  • Editor: Words and Silence, journal of the International Oral History Journal (IOHA)
  • Member of the Excom of the Church History Society of Southern Africa
  • Member of the Excom of the Oral History Association of Southern Africa
  • Member of the Excom of the International Oral History Association of Southern Africa
  • In 2004 she won the Christian Booksellers of South Africa "Book of the Year Award" for "Leefstyl-Bybel vir Vroue".
  • In 2007 she won "The Most Published Woman at Unisa (2005)" Award
  • In 2010 she won the CEO Women of the Year award (Education and training)


  • YOMA: Youth of the Margins
  • Individual Oral History Projects, mainly on women
  • Commersialisation of Religion in South Africa