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 semester, as well as a bi-weekly Biblical Seminar held every other Friday.

You can find details of the research seminars for the Spring 2019 term below.

Research seminars take place on Wednesday afternoons at 4pm, in Room B1 in the Hemsley.

Biblical seminars take place on Friday afternoons at 4pm, in Humanities C53.

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


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Past seminars

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


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

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

13 March

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

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
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

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

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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