gabriel.faimau

Picture
GFaimau
Title
Prof.
Firstname
Gabriel
Lastname
Faimau
Position
Associate Professor
Department
Office
Block 247 Room 477; Email: faimaug@ub.ac.bw
Phone
+267 355 5387
Professional Qualifications

Ph.D. in Sociology - University of Bristol, United Kingdom (2011)

MSc in Social Science Research Methods - University of Bristol (2007)

BA in Philosophy - Widya Sasana School of Philosophy and Theology, Malang, Indonesia (1996)

Brief Biography

I joined the Department of Sociology at the University of Botswana (UB) in 2013. Prior to starting Lectureship in Sociology at UB, I was Lecturer and Head of Research Department at Kgolagano College in Gaborone and Teaching Assistant in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS) at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom. I completed my Ph.D. in Sociology in 2011 and MSc in Social Science Research Methods in 2007 at the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS), University of Bristol. I was one of the recipients of the Overseas Research Scholarship (ORS) awarded by the University of Bristol for my doctoral research. I actively participated in various community development projects in Botswana from 2000 to 2006. Among others, I established the Lesang Bana Care Centre in Metsimotlhabe village in 2004.

I was Principal Investigator of a study on “New Media and Religion in Botswana” funded by the Nagel Institute with generous funding from the John Templeton Foundation in the USA from 2016 to 2017. My current research focuses on “Motivations of Selfie-Taking and Ethical Sensibilities of Selfie-Posting among Young People in Botswana.” Currently, I am one of the Lead Partners of the Global Center of Spatial Methods for Urban Sustainability (GCSMUS). The centre is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for a period of five years from 2020-2024.

Teaching Areas

I teach the following courses at UB: Basic Concepts Principles of Social Research (SOC226), Research proposal Writing (SOC441), Data Analysis and Report Writing (SOC442) and Research and Analysis Methods (DVS607). I also coordinate Advanced Social Science Research Methods (FSS800), a postgraduate course designed for MPhil/PhD candidates at the University of Botswana. In addition, I teach two courses on technology and society at the Botswana University of Science and Technology (BIUST) in Palapye

Research Areas

My main research interests are focused on digital society and culture, new media and religious practice, multiculturalism and the politics of intercultural dialogue.

Postgraduate Supervision Areas

I currently (co-)supervise four Ph.D. candidates and one MADVS student. I welcome MPhil/Ph.D. students for research in the following areas: digital society, new media and cultural/religious practices, technology and society, religion and politics.

Selected Publications

Bagai, K. & Faimau, G. (2021), "Botswana Print Media and the Representation of Female Victims of Intimate Partner Homicide," African Journalism Studies. Faimau, G. (2020), Towards a theoretical understanding of the selfie,” Sociology Compass, 14(12): 1-12. Faimau, G. & Behrens, C. (2019), “The Use of the Qualitative Approach and Digital Ethnography in the Study of Religion and New Media,” Botswana Notes and Records, 51: 61-74; Faimau, G. & Lesitaokana, W.O. (Eds.) (2018), New Media and the Mediatisation of Religion: An African Perspective, New Castle upon Tyne: CSP; Faimau, G. (2018), "The Emergence of Prophetic Ministries in Botswana: Self-Positioning and Appropriation of New Media," Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 36(3): 369-385; Faimau, G. & Behrens, C. (2016), “Facebooking Religion and Technologization of the Religious Discourse," Heidelberg Online Journal of Religions on the Intenet, 11: 66-92.

In pursuit of academic excellence