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CURRICULUM VITAE

as at 8th March, 2018

NAME DR. SIMON GISEGE OMARE

CONTACT INFORMATION
Department of Philosophy, Religion and Theology
Moi University,
P.O. Box 9199,
Eldoret, Kenya.
Mobile Phone +254722616761.
omarexg@yahoo.com
omarexg@gmail.com

DATE OF BIRTH: March 28th, 1980.

SPECIALIZATION: Religion with a focus on African Religion and Sociology of


Religion.

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Religion and society, Religion and environment, Religion and
development, Religion and science, mysticism, Religion and
health.

EDUCATION PhD in Religion,


Moi University,
4th September, 2015.

M.A. Religion,
Maseno University,
22nd Dec. 2006.

Bachelor of Education Arts (1st Class honours),


Maseno University,
26th March 2004.

K.C.S.E.
St. Paul’s Gekano Secondary School,
1994-1997.

K.C.P.E.
Eronge Primary School,
1990-1993.

LANGUAGES:
Ekegusii, Kiswahili and English.
EMPLOYMENT

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Lecturer,
Department of Philosophy, Theology & Religious Studies,
Moi University.
July 2011-Current.

Assistant Lecturer,
Department of Philosophy, Theology & Religious Studies,
Moi University.
March 2008 – July 2011.

Teacher,
T. S. C.-Nyangweta Secondary school,
2006 January-Feb. 2008.

COURSES TAUGHT AT THE UNIVERSITY

 Introduction to the study of Religion


 Introduction to the study of African religion
 Traditional African worldview
 Religion and Science
 Religion and society
 Christian Theology in Africa
 History of Religions I and II
 History of Christianity I and II
 History of Christianity in Africa
 History of Islam in Africa
 African Mythology
 Religion in Kenya
 World religions
 History of Islamic Civilization and Culture
 Studies in New Testament I and II

OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Examination coordinator department of Philosophy, religion and Theology from January
2015.
2. School representative in the Moi University alumni, 2012- 2013
3. Course registration officer, 2008-2014
4. Departmental welfare officer, 2010-2014
5. Part-timer university of Eldoret 2015-Current
6. Part-timer the Catholic University of East Africa
7. Academic advisor for the 2017 Young African Scholars of the Harry Frank Guggenheim
foundation.

PUBLICATIONS
a) Books

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1. Witchcraft Scapegoat: Abagusii beliefs and violence against ‘witches’. Germany:
Lambert Academic Publishing. 2015. ISBN: 978-3-659-75170-7
2. Religion and Environment conservation. The Role of Isukha religious beliefs and
practices in the Conservation of Kakamega Forest. Germany: Lambert Academic
Publishing Company. 2010. ISBN: 978-3-8383-8314-9.

b) Chapters in books
1. With Eunice Kamaara ‘in Gordon L. Heath and David K. Tarus, Eds., Christian
Responses to Terrorism: The Kenyan Experience. McMaster General Studies Series.
Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2017. ISBN: 9781498229272.
2. With Eunice Kamaara ‘Ethnicity and Political Violence in Kenya’ in Our Burning
Issues. A Pan African Response. A publication of the All Africa Conference of
Churches (AACC) Nairobi: Zapf Chancery Publishers Africa Limited. 2013. ISBN:
978-9-9660-4065-7. 10th general Assembly 2013. Pages, 204-220.
3. ‘The Role of Abagusii Religious Beliefs and Practices in Violence to Witch Suspects
in Kisii County, Kenya’ in Contemporary Issues in Philosophy, Religion and
Theology. A publication of the Department of Philosophy, Religion and Theology,
Moi University: December 2013. Eldoret: Utafiti Foundation.2013.ISBN:978-9966-
26-022-2.

c) Articles in Journals
1. With Samuel Obuchi, ‘Critical Discourse Analysis of Natural Environmental
Conservation in Kenya: A case of Kakamega Forest’ in Reyono journal of
interdisciplinary studies. St. Thomas College Kozhencherry Kerala, India-689641. Vol. 5
Issue 2. July 2016. ISSN. 2277-7652. Pages 3-19.
2. With Eunice Kamaara and Lucy Kiyiapi, ‘The Role of Women in the Conservation of the
Kakamega Forest, Kenya. A Feminist Perspective.’ in Theologies and Cultures. People
and Earth. A symbiotic Partnership. FORMOSA Christianity and Culture Research
Center of Chang Jung Christian University and Tainan Theological College and
Seminary. Vol. X No. 1 June 2013. ISSN no. 1813-7024. Pages, 102-131.
3. With Abwire Akuloba and Sussy Gumo, ‘Religion and Politics in the
Contemporary Kenya’ in European scientific Journal, European Scientific Institute.
ISSN: 1857 – 7431 (online).Vol 8, No 18 (2012)., Macedonia. www.eujournal.org.
4. With Sussy Gumo, Evans Raballah and Collins Ouma, ‘Communicating African Spirituality
through Ecology: Challenges and Prospects for the 21st Century’ in Multidisciplinary
Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). ISSN 2077-1444. OPEN ACCESS Vol. 3, page 523–54.
19 June 2012, Basel, Switzerland. www.mdpi.com/journal/religions.
5. With Michael Ntabo, ‘Obstacles facing Isukha Religious Indigenous Knowledge Systems in
the Conservation of Natural Resources. A Case Study of Kakamega Forest’ in International
Journal of Disaster Management and Risk reduction. Masinde Muliro University of Science
and Technology. ISSN. 1992-274. 1st on line edition Vol. 4, Issue 1. January, 2012.
www.ijdmrr.info.
6. With Martin tanui ‘The Role of the Church in Fighting Machiavelism in Kenyan Politics’ in
International Journal of Current Research. ISSN: 0975-833x. Vol. 3, Issue, 10, pp.126-
137, September, 2011.

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7. ‘The Role of Isukha Religious Beliefs and Practices in Mitigating Deforestation in
Kakamega Forest’ in International Journal of Current Research. ISSN: 0975-833x. Vol.
33, Special issue June 2011, 6, pp.308-315.
8. With Susan Kilonzo and Sussy Gumo. Role of taboos in the conservation of Kakamega
forest for peace building in Africa Peace and Conflict Journal. ISSN: 1659-944.
University for Peace Africa. Addis Ababa. Vol: 2 No 1. June 2009 Page 39.
9. With Kennedy Onkware. The role of African religion in the conservation of Kakamega
Forest’ in Maseno University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (MUFASS) Journal.
ISSN: 189-6977, Vol: 1 No.2. 2007 Page 49.

d) PAPERS PRESENTED AT SEMINARS AND CONFERENCES


1. “Increasing Violence By Women Against their Spouses in Kisii County, Kenya.’
Presented at the African Studies Association biennial conference held at the University of
Sussex, 9-11th September 2014.
2. ‘The role of religion in ethnicity and political violence in Kenya.’ Presented in a
conference at Pembroke College, Cambridge University in the U.K from 13th -17th July
2013.
3. ‘The Role of African Beliefs in the Conservation of Natural Resources. A case study of
the Isukha of Kakamega Forest, Kenya’. Presented a paper at the Young Graduates and
Scholars’ conference at North West University (Vaal Triangle Campus) in
Vanderbijlpark from 19-21st February, 2013.
4. The Impact of Social Change to Violence against male Spouses in Kisii County, Kenya.
Presented at Speke Hotel in Kampala Uganda during the Harry Frank Guggenheim
Foundation research Methodology Workshop from March 11-15, 2013.
5. The role of Abagusii Religious Beliefs in Violence to Witch Suspects in Kisii County.
Presented at University of Venda in South Africa during the Africa Institute of South
Africa (AISA) Young Graduate Scholars conference from 21st to 23rd March 2012.
Awarded as the best research paper.
6. The role of the church in preventing post election violence in Rift valley Province, Kenya.
In ATIEA Workshop at Staff/Student Institute- Lweza, Kampala. July 2011.
7. The role of Abagusii Religious Beliefs in Violence on Witch Suspects in Kisii County.
Presented at Afia Beach Hotel in Accra Ghana during the Harry Frank Guggenheim
Foundation research Methodology Workshop from March 15-17, 2011.
8. Role of Christians in environment Conservation. Case study: Kakamega Forest’. In Gaba
conference April 2008.
9. Role of African religion in environment conservation. In 4th Annual International
Conference. Moi University
10. The role of the church in fighting Machiavellism in Kenyan politics. In 5th Annual
International Conference. Moi University. August, 2009
11. The role of Isukha language in natural environment conservation of Kakamega forest. In
6th Annual International Conference. Moi University. August, 2010.
12. The challenge of witchcraft on distribution of land. A case study of Abagusii of Suneka
division of Nyanza Province. Kenya. In Moi University- Indianapolis international
symposium, 2008.

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13. How the church should respond to witchcraft and to witch accusations. Gathered
at Africa International University (AIU) in Nairobi in March 2013. Organized by Henry
Center for Theological understanding. http://henrycenter.tiu.edu/

e) MEMBERSHIP
1. I am an active member of the Christian and Scientific Association of Kenya (CSAK).
2. I am a member of CODESRIA.

f) WORKSHOP AND TRAINING


1. Attended an Advanced Research Design course from Nov 8-18, 2018 at Maanzoni
Lodge organized by PASGR (Partnership for African Social Governance Research).
Courses learnt, (Design Social Inquiry, Critical Policy Engaged Research and Mixed
Method Design).
2. Attended a Research Methodology workshop organized by CODESRIA at Harare
Zimbabwe on 24-27th March, 2018

g) SUPERVISION and EXAMINATION


1. Supervised to completion a masters in religion student at Moi University, MAMATI
KING’ASIA (REG NO: SASS/PGR/04/14) who is wrote on ‘Indigenous Religio-cultural
beliefs and practices of the Marakwet People in Conserving the Environment.
2. Supervising aPhD candidate in Moi University, KAREN KOGO who is writing on ‘The
significance of rituals in Traditional Medicine in Nandi County’.
3. Supervising a PhD in religion student at Kisii University, SIMON I. BULIMO who is
writing on WIDOWHOOD PRACTICES AMONG THE KABRAS: EFFECTS OF
WIDOWHOOD CULTURAL PRACTICES AMONG THE KABRAS COMMUNITY,
KAKAMEGA COUNTY
4. Supervising a PhD in religion student at Kisii University, ANNAH NYACHIEO (REG.NO.
DAS60321/15) who is writing THE ROLE OF CHRISTIAN WOMEN IN THE
MANAGEMENT OF PEACE AND CONFLICT IN TRANS - NZOIA COUNTY KENYA.
5. Examined thesis for JOSEPH MUYOMI MULAA (SASS/PGR/10/2017). ‘Inculturation
within Christianity: A case of Cock rituals and cultural values among the Bamarachi of
Busia County’.
h) Attraction on Research Funds
1. Won 30,000 dollars to write a research project for CODESRIA in December 2017 on
‘the role of higher education leadership in the promotion of innovative pedagogies in
Kenyan universities’.
2. Won 2,000 dollars to write a research proposal for the Harry Frank Guggenheim in
February 2016 to write about ‘the role of Abagusii beliefs in violence of women
against their male spouses’.
3. Won 2,000 dollars to write a research proposal for the Harry Frank Guggenheim in
February 2016 to write about’ the role of Abagusii religious beliefs in violence
against suspected witches in Kisii County, Kenya’.

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REFEREES

Prof. Nathan Oyori Ogechi


Deputy Vice Chancellor Student affairs,
Moi University.
P.O. BOX 3900-30100,
ELDORET.

Mobile-0726297952

Prof. Joseph Koech


Head of Department, Philosophy, Religion and Theology
Moi University.
P.O BOX 3900,
ELDORET.
Mobile-0723852466

Prof. Mary Ngare


Associate dean School of Arts and Social Sciences,
Moi University.
BOX 3900-30100,
ELDORET.

Mobile-0712505058

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