Publications of the Sinomlando Centre

Article Index

This list includes all the publications based on, or related to, the work of the Sinomlando Centre. Please note that linked documents will open in a new browser window.

1. Books

Denis, Philippe and Graham Duncan, The native school which caused all the trouble. A history of the Federal Theological Seminary (Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publications, 2011). Order the book...

Philippe Denis, Radikobo Ntsimane and Scott Houser (eds), A journey towards healing. Stories of people with multiple woundedness in KwaZulu-Natal (Pietermaritzburg, Cluster Publications, 2011). Order the book...

Denis, Philippe and Graham Duncan, The native school which caused all the trouble. A history of the Federal Theological Seminary (Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publications, 2011). Order the book...

Philippe Denis, Radikobo Ntsimane and Scott Houser (eds), A journey towards healing. Stories of people with multiple woundedness in KwaZulu-Natal (Pietermaritzburg, Cluster Publications, 2011),Order the book...

Denis Philippe, Radikobo Ntsimane and Thomas Cannell, Indians versus Russians. An oral history of political violence in Nxamalala (1987-1993) (Pietermaritzburg, Cluster Publications, 2010). Order the book...

Philippe Denis and Charles Becker (eds), L'épidémie du sida en Afrique subsaharienne. Regards historiens. Louvain-la-Neuve 2006, Academia-Bruylant/Paris, Karthala.  Order the book...

[English version: The HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa in an Historical Perspective.]  Available online....

Philippe Denis (ed), Never too small to remember. Memory Work and Resilience in Times of AIDS. Pietermaritzburg 2005, Cluster Publications, 102 pages. Order the book...

[French version, revised and enlarged: Les enfants aussi ont une histoire. Travail de mémoire et résilience au temps du SIDA. Paris/Karthala, forthcoming.]  Order the book...

Philippe Denis and James Worthington (eds), The Power of Oral History: Memory, Healing and Development. XIIth International Oral History Conference, Pietermaritzburg, 24 - 27 June 2002. Pietermaritzburg 2002, Sinomlando Project, 4 vol., 2239 pages.

Philippe Denis (ed), Orality, Memory & the Past. Listening to the Voices of Black Clergy under Colonialism and Apartheid. Pietermaritzburg 2000, Cluster Publications, 286 pages.

Philippe Denis, Thulani Mlotshwa and George Mukuka (eds), The Casspir and the Cross. Voices of Black Clergy in the Natal Midlands. Pietermaritzburg 1999, Cluster Publications, 102 pages. Order the book...

Philippe Denis (ed.), The Making of an Indigenous Clergy in Southern Africa. Proceedings of the International Conference held at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, 25 - 25 October 1994. Pietermaritzburg 1995, Cluster Publications, 210 pages. Order the book...


-- "Seminar networks and Black Consciousness in the 1970s", South African Historical Journal, 62/1 (2010), 162-82.

-- "Unfinished business. The painful closure of the Federal Theological Seminary of Southern Africa," Missionalia 37/1 (April 2009), 5-19.

-- "Introducing History of Christianity to postgraduate theological students", Journal of Constructive Theology, 15/1 (2009), 51-72.

-- "Histoire orale et travail de mémoire dans l'Afrique du Sud contemporaine", 6e série, vol. 20 (2009), 75-87. 

--, “Men of the Cloth: The Federal Theological Seminary of Southern Africa, Inkatha and the Struggle against Apartheid”, Journal of Southern African Studies, 34/2 (2008), pp. 305-324.

--, “The church’s impact on HIV/AIDS prevention and mitigation in South Africa”, Journal of Theology for Southern Africa, 134 (July 2009), 66-81.

--, “Are Zulu Children Allowed to Ask Questions? Silence, Death and Memory in the Time of AIDS”, in Benedict Carton, Jabulani Sithole and John Laband, eds, Zulu Identities. Being Zulu, Past and Present. Pietermaritzburg, University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2008, pp. 583-590.

--, "Indians versus Russians". An Oral History of the Political Violence in Nxamalala (1987-1992), Journal of Natal and Zulu History 27 (2007), vol. 24-25 (2006-07), pp. 64-94.

--, “The Ethics of Oral History in South Africa”, ESARBICA Journal. Journal of the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Branch of the International Council of Archives 26 (2007), pp. 113-132.

--, “Prayers and Rituals to the Ancestors as Vehicles of Resilience: Coping with Political Violence in Nxamalala, Pietermaritzburg (1987-1991), Journal of Theology for Southern Africa128 (July 2007), pp. 37-52.

--, “The contribution of indigenous clergy to evangelisation in Southern Africa”, Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 33/1 (May 2007), pp. 57-69.

[French translation: "La montée de la religion traditionnelle dans l’Afrique du Sud démocratique", Histoire & Missions Chrétiennes 3 (September 2007), pp. 121-135.]

--, "The rise of traditional African religion in post-apartheid South Africa", Missionalia 34/2-3 (August - November 2006), pp. 310-323.

--, "The Crisis of Marriage in Contemporary South Africa", Grace and Truth 23/1 (2006), pp. 3-8.

--, "The rocky road to unity: the worship debate at Fedsem during the 1980s", Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 32/1 (May 2006), pp. 201-231.

--, "Oral history research in the South African context", Journal for Contemporary History, 30/2 (September 2005), pp. 88-100.

--, "Joe Wing and the Theological Federal Seminary (1988-1991), in Steve de Gruchy and Desmond van der Water (eds), Cluster Publications, 2005), pp. 171-179. Spirit Undaunted. The life and legacy of Joe Wing (Pietermaritzburg, Cluster Publications, 2005). Order the Book..

[French version : "Chrétiennes et africaines: le dilemme d'un groupe de femmes sud-africaines", Revue théologique de Louvain, 35 (2004), pp. 54-74]

[French version: "Le sida et la crise du mariage en Afrique du Sud", Ethique & SociétéRevue de Réflexion Morale, vol. 1, n°2, Bujumbura, 2004, p. 167-182.]

--, "African traditional religion and Christian identity in a group of manyano leaders", Missionalia, 32/2 (2004), pp. 177-189.

--, "AIDS and the Crisis of Marriage in South Africa", Grace and Truth 21/1 (2004), pp. 92-100.

[French version: "L'apartheid, nous le vivons à la maison. Paroles de femmes à Pietermaritzburg, Afrique du Sud", in P. Denis and Caroline Sappia (eds), Femmes d'Afrique dans une société en mutation. Louvain-la-Neuve, Academia-Bruylant, 2004, pp. 131-48]

--, "We also had to live with apartheid in our homes. Stories of women in Sobantu, South Africa", Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae, 30/1 (June 2004), pp. 151-67

--, "Fedsem ten years later. The unwritten history of an ecumenical seminary", Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 117 (November 2003), pp. 68-79.

[German version: "Sexualität und AIDS in Südafrika", in Katja Heidemanns and Marco Moerschbacher (eds), Gott vertrauen? AIDS und Theologie im südlichen Afrika (Freiburg, Basel, Wien: Herder, 2005), pp. 40-57.]

[French version: "Sexualité et sida en Afrique du Sud", Revue d'éthique et de théologie morale(Le Supplément) n° 223, décembre 2002), pp. 63-79]

--, "Sexuality and AIDS in South Africa", Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 115 (March 2003), pp. 63-77.

[French version : "L'histoire orale dans un pays blessé", Palabres, 5/1 (2003), pp. 109-122.]

--, "Oral History in a Wounded Country", in J.A. Draper (ed), Orality, Literacy and Colonialism in Southern Africa. (Semeia Studies, vol. 46). Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature and Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publications, 2003, pp. 205-216.

--, "Healing the Wounds of the Past: Oral History in Post-apartheid South Africa", in Crossroads of History: Experience, Memory, Orality. XI th International Oral History Conference, Istanbul, June 15-19 2000, Istanbul, Boaziçi University, 2000, pp. 960-65.

--, "Recent Research on the History of Indigenous Clergy in Southern Africa", Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 25/2 (December 1999), pp. 217-27.

2. Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Ntsimane, Radikobo, "To Disclose or not to Disclose: An Appraisal of the Memory Box Project as a Safe Space for Disclosure of HIV Positive Status", Journal of Theology for Southern Africa, Number 125 (July 2006), pp. 7-20.

Denis, Philippe, and Radikobo Ntsimane, "The absent fathers: Why do men not feature in stories of families affected by HIV/AIDS", in Linda Richter and Rob Morrell (eds), Baba? Men and fatherhood in South Africa. Pretoria: HSRC Press, 2005, pp. 237-249. 

--, "Peacemaking And Reconciliation: The Contribution Of African Indigenous Religious Women In KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa", Journal of Theology for Southern Africa, Number 124, November 2005, pp. 34-54.

--, "Dealing With The Trauma Of Sexual Abuse: A Gender-Based Analysis Of The Testimonies Of Female Traditional Healers In KwaZulu-Natal", Journal of Constructive Theology 10/2 (December, 2004), pp. 41-58.

Worthington, James "Preservation of oral sources: an analysis of the methods employed by the Sinomlando Project", SA Archives Journal 43 (2003), pp. 33-31.

Denis, Philippe, and Nokhaya Makiwane, "Stories of Love, Pain and Courage. Aids Orphans and Memory Boxes", Oral History 31/2 (Autumn 2003), pp. 66-74.

Phiri, Isabel, "Virginity Testing? African Women seeking Resources to Combat HIV/AIDS, Journal of Constructive Theology, 9/1 (July 2003), pp. 63-78.

Makiwane, Nokhaya, "Children and Memory in the Context of Aids", Bulletin of Contextual Theology in Africa 8/1 (2001), pp. 56-59.

Mogashoa, Humphrey. "The Making of an Indigenous Clergy: an Oral History Workshop at the School of Theology", Bulletin for Contextual Theology in Southern Africa and Africa 2 (April 1995), pp. 28-31.

Denis, Philippe, "The Use of Oral Sources in Church History", Bulletin for Contextual Theology in Southern Africa and Africa 2 (April 1995), pp. 32-35.


3. Pamphlets

Religion by Day and Religion by Night is the title of a set of three pamphlets published in 1997 by the Sinomlando Centre. The English versions are available as PDF files. Printed versions in isiZulu can be obtained by mail.