Department of Theology and Religious Studies
  

Research seminars and conferences - Theology and Religious Studies

The Department of Theology and Religious Studies runs research seminars throughout the academic year, as well as a bi-weekly Biblical Seminar held every other Friday.

Our seminar series are suspended for the time being owing to the coronavirus pandemic. They will be listed below when we are able to recommence.

Research seminars usually take place on Wednesday afternoons at 4pm, in Room B7 in the Hemsley. There is no need to sign up for these seminars - everyone is welcome.

For details of other events organised by the Department and research centres see our news and events page.

Research seminars

 

Our seminar series are suspended for the time being. We will post information when we are able to recommence.

 

Past seminars

Autumn 2020
Sorry, there are no seminars listed at the moment.
 
Spring 2020

Biblical Seminar - Sarah Holt

Biblical Seminar - Sarah Holt
Date
Friday 14 February 2020
Location:
C53 Humanities Building
Description
Sarah Holt (Nottingham) - The Yokes of Gods and Kings and the Interpretative Crux in Job 12:18

Theology Research Seminar - Yaqub Choudhary

Date
Wednesday 19 February 2020
Location:
Hemsley B7
Description
Yaqub Chaudhary - Cambridge Muslim College, Cambridge - Augmented Ecology and a "Query-able Earth"

Biblical Seminar - Casey Strine

Biblical Seminar - Casey Strine
Date
Friday 21 February 2020
Location:
C53 Humanities Building
Description
The Famine in the Land Was Severe: Environmentally Induced Involuntary Migration and the Joseph Narrative - Casey Strine (Sheffield)

Theology Research Seminar - Chris Thornhill

Date
Wednesday 26 February 2020
Location:
Hemsley B7
Description
Chris Thornhill (Teaching Associate, Nottingham) - On Harrowed Ground: The Emergent Theologies of the New Nature Writing

Roundtable on Teaching Biblical Languages

Roundtable on Teaching Biblical Languages
Date
Friday 28 February 2020
Location:
Hemsley B7
Description
Roundtable on Teaching Biblical Languages with Drs Tom DeBruin, Jonny Rowlands, Cat Quine, and Sara Parks

Theology Research Seminar - Jennifer Barry

Date
Wednesday 4 March 2020
Location:
Hemsley B7
Description
Jennifer Barry ( University of Mary Washington) - The Heroic Bishop in Flight

Theology Research Seminar - Mohammed Aldhfar

Date
Wednesday 11 March - Wednesday 1 April 2020
Location:
Hemsley B7
Description
*Event cancelled due to coronavirus* Mohammed Aldhfar (Nottingham) - Between the Naked Eye and Astronomical Calculations:

Theology Research Seminar - Simone Kotva

Date
Wednesday 11 March 2020
Location:
Hemsley B7
Description
Simone Kotva (Research Fellow, Emmanuel College, Cambridge) - An Enquiry Concerning Non-Human Understanding

Biblical Seminar - Dr Matthew Anderson

Biblical Seminar - Dr Matthew Anderson
Date
Friday 13 March 2020
Location:
C53 Humanities Building
Description
Dr Matthew Anderson (Concordia) - Strangers on the Textual Land: Aware-Settler Biblical Studies

Theology Research Seminar - Marian Kelsey

Date
Wednesday 18 March 2020
Location:
Hemsley B7
Description
*Event cancelled due to coronavirus* Marian Kelsey (Nottingham) - Who Was Ever Destroyed like Tyre? The Appearance and Absence of Tyre in Biblical Narrative

Biblical Seminar - Michael Burdett

Biblical Seminar - Michael Burdett
Date
Friday 20 March 2020
Location:
C53 Humanities Building
Description
*Event cancelled due to coronavirus* Michael Burdett (Nottingham) - A History of the Image of God from the Bible to the Present Day

Theology Research Seminar - Rebecca Watson

Date
Wednesday 25 March 2020
Location:
Hemsley B7
Description
*Event cancelled due to coronavirus* Rebecca Watson (Cambridge) - Blue Bible? Bringing Biblical Studies and Oceanography into Dialogue

Biblical Seminar - Marian Kelsey

Biblical Seminar - Marian Kelsey
Date
Friday 27 March 2020
Location:
C53 Humanities Building
Description
*Event cancelled due to coronavirus* Marian Kelsey (Nottingham) - The Attributes of God Between the Testaments
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Autumn 2019

Theology Research Seminar 9 October - Alison Milbank

Date
Wednesday 9 October 2019
Location:
Hemsley B7
Description
Alison Milbank, University of Nottingham - The Spirit of Nature from the Cambridge Platonists to Coleridge

Theology Research Seminar 16 October - Emily Burdett

Date
Wednesday 16 October 2019
Location:
Hemsley B7
Description
Emily Rachel Reed Burdett, University of Nottingham - The Cognitive Science of Religion

Theology Research Seminar - Tim Hutchings

Date
Monday 21 October 2019
Location:
C53 Humanities Building
Description
Tim Hutchings - '"Kill Jesus!": Imagining the Other in Christian Videogames'

Theology Research Seminar 23 October - Megan Loumagne

Date
Wednesday 23 October 2019
Location:
Hemsley B7
Description
Megan Loumagne, University of Nottingham - Inheriting Sin: Original Sin and the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis

Theology Research Seminar 30 October - Jon Hoover

Date
Wednesday 30 October 2019
Location:
Hemsley B7
Description
Jon Hoover, University of Nottingham - Ibn Taymiyya and the Spatial Extent of God

Biblical Seminar - Celia-Jayne Matthews

Biblical Seminar - Celia-Jayne Matthews
Date
Friday 1 November 2019
Location:
C53 Humanities Building
Description
Celia-Jayne Matthews - 'Using Judas: What Early Depictions of Judas Iscariot can tell us about their Authors'.

Theology Research Seminar 13 November - Eleanor McLaughlin

Date
Wednesday 13 November 2019
Location:
Hemsley B7
Description
Eleanor McLaughlin, Regents Park College, Oxford - The Limit as Grace? Bonhoeffer's Theological Anthropology and Disability Theology

Biblical Seminar - Ellena Lyell, Michael Bullock, and Sara Parks

Biblical Seminar - Ellena Lyell, Michael Bullock, and Sara Parks
Date
Friday 15 November 2019
Location:
C53 Humanities Building
Description
Ellena Lyell, Michael Bullock, and Sara Parks - Society of Biblical Literature Short Paper Previews

Biblical Seminar - Bethany Roberts

Biblical Seminar - Bethany Roberts
Date
Friday 29 November 2019
Location:
C53 Humanities Building
Description
Bethany Roberts - 'A Month in Beqaa Valley: Learning from Syrian Refugees in Lebanon'

Theology Research Seminar 4 December - Fern Elsdon-Baker

Date
Wednesday 4 December 2019
Location:
Hemsley B7
Description
Fern Elsdon-Baker, University of Birmingham - Reframing Evolution and Belief in Society
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Spring 2019
30 January


Dr Joel D.S. Rasmussen, Mansfield College, Oxford

Kant and The Conflict of the Faculties, Reconsidered

13 February


Dr Matthew R. Anderson, Concordia University, Montreal

Unsettled Pilgrimage: Walking as First Steps to Indigenous-Settler Reconciliation in Canada’s West

15 February

Dr Cat Quine, University of Nottingham

From Worshipped to Worshippers:The Host of Heaven and Developing Monotheism

27 February

Dr David Emerton, Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham

Mis-Locating the Church: Bonhoeffer and Third Article Ecclesiology

13 March

Dr Sean Ryan, University of Roehampton

Visualising the Divine Dwelling: Tent and Temple Imagery in the Apocalypse and the Venerable Bede

15 March

Dr Meredith Warren, University of Sheffield

Tasting Death: Sensory Metaphors & Other Worlds

27 March

Luke Hopper, Azhar Majoth and Arman Shokhikyan, all University of Nottingham

A medley of three papers by Postgraduate Researchers

29 March

Dr Matthew Anderson, Concordia University, Montreal

Paul and the Eschatological Pilgrimage of the Gentiles

12 April

Dr Luke Hopper, University of Nottingham

Coronation Ritual in the Hebrew Bible

 
Autumn 2018

3 October


Professor Hugh Houghton, University of Birmingham

The Old Latin Translation of the Bible: Its Sources and Significance

17 October


Professor Alec Ryrie, University of Durham

The Intended Reformation: Unbelief, the Battle for Credulity and its Consequences in the Reformation Age

31 October

Professor Jorgen Nielsen, University of Birmingham

In Europe, who is a Muslim?

7 November

Dr Livnat Holtzman, Bar-Ilan University

The Prophet and the Throne: An Anthropmorphic Tradition in the Public Sphere

14 November

Professor Richard Bell, University of Nottingham

Studying Wagner’s Pantheon of Gods in the Ring Cycle: A Way of Doing Christian Theology

28 November

Professor Michael Snape, University of Durham

Parsons and Fliers: The First World War and the Origins of RAF Chaplaincy

 
Spring 2018
7 February

Hemsley B7

Dr Erich Groat

Call It One: at the intersection of linguistics, mathematics, and theology

16 February

Humanities B53

Katrina Wilkins, University of Nottingham

Esther, Ælfric, and Character: The Bible in Anglo Saxon England

21 February

Hemsley B7

Dr Stuart Bell, Durham University and Professor Tom O'Loughlin, University of Nottingham

From Messines Ridge to Moltmann: Studdert Kennedy and a Suffering God after a century

2 March

Humanities C53

Jonny Rowlands, University of Nottingham

Reception History and the Future of New Testament Studies

7 March

Hemsley B7

Dr Matthew Novenson, University of Edinburgh

Whoever thought that a person is justified by works of the law? An ancient idea in search of a proponent

16 March

Humanities C53

Tim Murray

The New Testament and the Welfare State

21 March

Hemsley B7

Dr Mary Cunningham, University of Nottingham

"Garden without Seed": The Virginal Body of Mary, the Theotokos, in the Eastern Christian Tradition

25 April

Hemsley B7

Lavinia Cerioni

Christological Observations on Logion 114 of the Gospel of Thomas

Yulia Rozumna

Were St Basil's Words a "Betrayal of Faith" concerning the Holy Spirit? His ways of arguing for the Divinity of the Spirit 

 
Autumn 2017
4 October                                     
Lenton Grove A18

Dr David Gehring, University of Nottingham

Lutheranism in Elizabethan England

18 October
Hemsley B7

Dr Richard Todd, University of Birmingham 

Contrasting approaches to scriptural anthropomorphism in medieval Islam: from Ibn Furak’s Ash’ari theology to Sadr al-Din al-Qunawi’s Sufi hermeneutics

1 November
Hemsley B7

Dr David Shepherd, Trinity College Dublin 

Blessed are the peacemakers: the depiction of Jesus in American and German cinema before and after the Great War

15 November
Humanities A3

Dr Simeon Zahl, University of Nottingham

Devices and Desires: Affect Theory and the Plausibility of Sin in Late Modernity

29 November  
Humanities A3

Professor James Crossley, St Mary’s University, Twickenham

The Bible and Religion in English Political Discourse: Has anything changed?

 
Spring 2017
 
8 February

Professor Todd Landman, Pro-vice chancellor, University of Nottingham 

Rigorous Morality: What states ought and ought not do to the (non-)citizens

22 February

Professor Susan Docherty, Newman University, Birmingham 

Rewriting the Exodus Narratives in a Hellenistic Context: A Model for Cultural and Religious Integration?

8 March

Dr Doug Ingram, University of Nottingham 

What’s “good” in Ecclesiastes?

22 March

Dr Peter Darby, University of Nottingham

 

Prefatory Texts and Prefatory Images in the Codex Amiatinus

5 April

Revd Karen Gardiner, University of Nottingham

Alice’s Adventures in Eternity

and

Revd Gabrielle Thomas, University of Nottingham

 

Gregory Nazianzen: Interpreting the Human Eikon of God Literally as a Physical Bearer of God’s Presence

 
Spring 2016 
 
27 January
NB: B2, Hemsley

Professor George Pattison, School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow

Oblivion, Memory and Hope: Rethinking the Eternal

10 February

Dr Alison Milbank, Department of Theology, University of Nottingham

Reformation Anthropology and the Gothic Double/Doppelgänger

2 March

Dr Jonathan Tallant, Department of Philosophy, University of Nottingham

The Varieties of Presentism: An Opinionated Introduction to Some Issues in the Philosophy of Time

16 March

Professor Joachim Schaper, School of Divinity, History and Philosophy, University of Aberdeen

Monotheism, violence, and the "better angels of our nature”

20 April

Dr Rob Lutton, Department of History, University of Nottingham

Charisma and Routinization in the Cult of the Holy Name of Jesus in Late medieval England

 
Autumn 2015
14 October

Professor Alan Ford (Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Nottingham):

‘Love God and hate the Pope’: the Church of Ireland and anti-Catholicism, 1600-2000

28 October

Dr Chrysanthi Gallou (Assistant Prof in Aegean Archaeology, Co-Director of the Centre for Spartan & Peloponnesian Studies, Department of Archaeology, University of Nottingham):

Mycenaean skulls: “feeble heads” or social actors in Aegean Late Bronze Age metaphysics and society (16th-12th c. BC)?

11 November

The Revd Professor David Brown (Institute for Theology, Imagination & the Arts, St Mary's College, University of St Andrews):

Revelation that goes beyond the strictly historical: three contemporary approaches assessed.

25 November
NB: Humanities Building A3, 4pm

Reverend Robin Griffith-Jones (Master of the Temple, Temple Church, London and Senior Lecturer in New Testament Studies, King’s College London):

Magna Carta: Archbishop Langton and the Church’s Finest Hour?

2 December

Dr David Firth (Old Testament Tutor and Head of Research, St John’s College, Nottingham):

Aren’t the Canaanites all destroyed? Inclusion of Canaanites and Exclusion of Israelites in Joshua

 
Spring 2015 
14 January B7

Professor Judith Lieu, Lady Margaret’s Professor of Divinity (University of Cambridge)
In Search of Marcion

 
18 February B7

Professor Jan Joosten, Regius Professor of Hebrew (University of Oxford)
Biblical Rhetoric: A Trial Cut. Judah's Speech in Genesis 44:18-34

 
4 March
B7

Dr Douglas Hedley, Reader in Hermeneutics and Metaphysics, Faculty of Divinity (University of Cambridge)
Image and Imagination: The Problem of Idolatry

 
13 March
B2

Dr Paul Tyson, Honorary Fellow of the Centre of Theology and Philosophy (University of Nottingham)
Kierkegaard; A Christian Platonist for the Present Age

 
25 March
B2

Dr Andrew Davison, Starbridge Lecturer in Theology and Natural Sciences, Faculty of Divinity (University of Cambridge)
Recalling Causes: Retrieving Formal and Material Causation

 
8 May
A01,
Highfields House3-5pm 

Special seminar on Interreligious Dialogue in association with the International Rosenzweig Society.

  • Prof Ephraim Meir (Bar Ilan University)
    Franz Rosenzweig in the Perspective of Interreligious Theology
  • Prof Hans-Christoph Askani (University of Geneva)
    Rosenzweig’s and Buber’s Dialogical Thinking and the Dialogue between Religions

Moderated by Prof Robert Gibbs (University of Toronto) and Prof Agata Bielik-Robson (University of Nottingham)

 
20 May
B7

Professor Salvador Ryan, Professor of Ecclesiastical History, Faculty of Theology (St Patrick's College, Maynooth)
Theologies of Christ's Passion and Death in the Religious Verse of Irish Bardic Poets

 
10 June
B7

Professor Anthony Milton, Department of History (University of Sheffield)
England's Second Reformation

 
 
Autumn 2014
15 October
Lenton Grove B13, 4pm

Dr Jon Hoover (University of Nottingham)
Is Ibn Taymiyya’s theology corporealist?

7 November
Humanities Building A2, 4.30pm
Dr Antoine Arjakovsky (Co-director of the Society-Freedom-Peace research group at the Collège des Bernardins, Paris)
Russia-Ukraine: Theology and Politics
 
19 November 
Hemsley B7, 4pm

Dr Petra Carlsson Redell (University of Uppsala)
Foucault, Manet and the invisible

3 December 
Hemsley B7, 4pm

Professor Neil Messer (University of Winchester)
Neuroscience, Moral Reasoning and the Theological Suspicion of Ethics
 
Spring 2014
2 Jan 2014

Professor Peter Marshall (University of Warwick)
After Purgatory: Death and Remembrance in the Reformation World

12 Feb 2014 Professor Neil Messer (University of Winchester)
Neuroscience, Moral Reasoning and the Theological Suspicion of Ethics 
 
19 Mar 2014

Professor Karl-Wilhelm Niebuhr (University of Jena)
Which Jesus are we preaching about? Some considerations following Martin Kähler

21 May 2014 Professor Agata-Bielik Robson (University of Nottingham)

Philosophical Marranos: Open Idiom and Secret Meaning in Modern Jewish Philosophy

4 June 2014 Dr Andreas Andreopoulos (University of Winchester)

A liturgical Reading of Dionysios the Areopagite

 

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