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Rozelle Robson Bosch

Rozelle Robson Bosch

Theological Anthropology

African Women's Theology

Interdisciplinary Discourses in Art, Trauma and African Spirituality


I completed my BTh, MTh, MDiv and Postgraduate Diploma in Theology (Christian Ministry) at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Here I found a special interest in public as well as political theology. While completing my MTh, I spent some time at the Eberhard Karls University in Tuebingen, Germany. There, I developed an interest in theologies that respond to trauma and suffering within the South African context. For my MDiv and MTh I engaged in an extensive investigation of theological responses to the age-old question of happiness and human flourishing. My first thesis engaged with three American theologians (Serene Jones, Jennifer Herdt and Ellen Charry) and my second thesis with two African theologians (Denise Ackermann and Mercy Amba Oduyoye). What my research collectively showed was that different conceptualisations of happiness and human flourishing depend greatly on the models of Christology that are implicitly employed by religious communities and their spokespersons.

For my doctorate in Christian theology I am currently working under the supervision of Professor Janet Soskice. While starting with an initial interest in Christo-centric metaphors as they are employed by African Women Theologians, my dissertation has developed into an investigation of different theological articulations of embodiment. This means that I am currently engaging with Athanasius of Alexandria’s Christo-centric Anthropology, Julian of Norwich’s cruciform Anthropology, Dante Alighieri’s incarnational theology and Merleau-Ponty’s ontology of the Flesh. My investigation of these theological anthropologies serves to characterise and construct a theology which focuses on the one hand, on Christo-centric articulations of existence and on the other hand, gestures toward a return to the body. Provisionally titled ‘A Christian Ontology of the Flesh: Word, Symbol, Performance’ my dissertation aims to contribute to the growing ‘somatological’ discourse within theology.

As a trained minister within the Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa, my research also serves a broader purpose – a) to provide a framework of thinking with which to approach trauma as an existential and ontological question and b) to provide a language for the church with which to speak of trauma and its effects on individuals and communities of faith.

Subject area and speciality

Christian Theology specialists:

Research Interests

General areas of research

  • Theological Anthropology
  • Theologies of Embodiment
  • Art, Literature and Theology

Area of specialisation

  • Athanasius of Alexandria (esp. his Christo-centric anthropology)
  • Julian of Norwich (esp. her cruciform theology and its mystic anthropology)
  • Dante and his incarnational theology
  • Merleau-Ponty (esp. his phenomenology and ontology of the flesh)

Wider research interests

  • African Women’s Theology
  • Interdisciplinary discourses on the dialectics of performance
  • Art and Theology

Research Supervision

Themes in World Christianities: Context, Theology and Power – B7 (Second Year)


1.     Faculty of Divinity Papers:

Themes in World Christianities: Context, Theology and Power – B7 (Second Year)

Topics included:

a)    The liberation theologies of pre- and post-apartheid South Africa

b)    The Kairos Document and Black Consciousness Movements

2.     Sutton Trust Summer School:

Lectures included:

a)    Theology in Africa: An introduction

b)    Religion and Politics: A case study of Apartheid South Africa

c)    Feminist Theology: An introduction

d)   Creation ex nihilo and Theological Anthropology: Establishing the foundations.

 3.     Experience Cambridge (Jesus College Strand & Sutton Trust Strand)

Lectures included:                             

a)    Dante and Embodiment: Incarnational Theologies

b)    Medieval Female Mystics and the Body as Symbol

Other Professional Activities

a) Research Assistant to Dr. Joel Cabrita

b) Co-organiser of the 2019 Society of Systematic Theology Graduate Conference.


The two-day graduate conference aims to bring together a community of scholars to think through the worlds of the church, the academy and, personal and social practice. It interrogates practice along the lines of reading, speaking, praying and enacting, and asks in which ways theorizing lends itself to these diverse actions.

With perspectives from literature, liturgy, performance, media, art, Biblical exegesis and political theology, it attempts to answer questions such as: When does theology become action? How do we think theological practice? How does our lived experience inform our theological reflection? What do systematics have to say about how we read scripture? What does liturgy have to say about ethics? Where does our doctrine of the Trinity emerge in political action?

Further details to follow.

c) Co-organiser of 'Body and Spirit in French Philosophy of Religion' 15-18 June 2018.

For more information see:

d) Lead-Convener (2017-18) and Convener (2016-2017) for Cambridge Interdisciplinary Performance Network (CRASSH)

CIPN is a Graduate Research Group generously sponsored by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH), Cambridge University. For its fifth year, CIPN is focussed on theology and continental philosophy. As one out of three lead-conveners, I am responsible for organising 12 seminars that run every fortnight during term time. Tasks include: identifying an annual theme, identify and organise speakers, create forums of cross-disciplinary conversations where lay people, practitioners and academics can engage in discursive conversations and finally, to publicise the event across the university. 

In addition, I chair certain seminars and contribute by presenting a paper or participating in a panel. Past papers and convened sessions include:

  • Landscapes of Performance: Communion in the Flesh, May 2017.
  • Performance and Theology: Discovering Fecund Avenues, June 2017.
  • Is God a Guy and are Angels Girls? With Clare Foster, 10 October 2017.
  • Performing Authority: The Gendered Lectern, November 2017.
  • Made in the Image of Man: Refracted Bodies, May 2018. 

e) Academic Coordinator for Sutton Trust Summer Schools - the Theology and Philosophy strand (2017-).

As Academic Program Coordinator, I am responsible for organising a summer school which replicates the academy for a week. Amongst other things, I teach academic subjects; liaise with senior lecturers, tutors and PhD students; construct a week-long subject specific summer school; compile the reading lists for the academic week and liaise with incoming students via Moodle.

f) Co-organiser of 'Linguistic Creations and Divine Creation Conference', 2017.

The ‘Linguistic Creation and Divine Creations’ conference occasioned the celebration of the life and work of Professor Janet Soskice. It brought together a host of scholars from Yale, Notre Dame and the University of Cambridge. The conference mapped Soskice’s key contributions by focussing on the form and content of theological and liturgical writing, the symbolics of gender, the doctrine of creation ex nihilo, the avant-garde in Soskice's theology and a final flourish on the future of a Soskician theology of naming God.

 g) Indexing (2016) 

R. Duschinsky, S. Schnall and D. Weiss (eds.) 2016. Purity and Danger Now: New Perspectives. Oxford: Routledge. 


Key Publications

a) (Forthcoming) 'Spirit and Flesh: Rereading Pneumatology for the sake of a Participatory Anthropology'

b) (Forthcoming) 'Practicing Visio Divina: Ladies Wisdom and Folly through the lens of three African artists', Visual Commentary of Scripture, King's College London (2018).

c) 'Carcass and Cross: Discovering the Sacred in the Secular', Theology. July (2018)

d) 'Flourishing? A feminist Theological Perspective', Journal of Gender and Religion in Africa. 20:2 (2014). 

Other Publications

a) 'The Politics of Belonging: Paradigms of Filiation', Noesis Review, 4 (2017).

b) Review: Jennifer M. Buck. 2016. Reframing the House: Constructive Feminist Global Ecclesiology for the Western Evangelical Church, Studies in World Christianity, 23:1 (2017).

c) Black Sash Educational Material:

  • 'Gender, Oppression and Awareness', May 2015.
  • 'Human Rights: An Introduction', May 2015.
  • 'Gender Equality: An Introduction', May 2015.

d) Catechism Development Initiative (Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa):

  • 'Die Eindtyd: Volharding en Onderskeiding?', February 2015.
  • 'Die Ewige Lewe: 'n Bestemming?', February 2015.
  • 'Volkome Mens en God? Jesus se Twee Nature', February 2015.
  • 'Praat Ek Mense-, Engele tale: Die Genadegawes', February 2015.



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