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“I believe that there is a need for academics to give more voice to marginalised groups that, especially in the Global South, find very little public representation and spaces to express themselves. For several years I have been working on the role that religion and religious groups can have in helping or hindering marginalised and vulnerable groups in South Africa and in Uganda; these are voices to be heard and stories to be told.”

Barbara Bompani is a Reader in African and International Development at the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Her work primarily focuses on the analysis of religion in the African public sphere. In the past 20 years she has been working on South African Christian organisations and their socio-political action after the end of Apartheid. More recently, since 2012, she also became interested in the role played by Pentecostal-charismatic churches in framing public and political discourses around issues of morality, sexuality and nationhood in Uganda.

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B.Bompani@ed.ac.uk