12Feb

From Painful Past to Restorative Nostalgia: Theology of Memory for Post-Conflict Contexts

Research Group in Theology, Religion and Practice, Adam room, Grove House, Froebel College

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We are very pleased to welcome Dr Mohammed Girma as our speaker for this seminar, as part of our semester theme on Scripture and Practice. His topic is as follows:

In our post(modern) culture, the Bible is often used within the religious (especially Christian) confines. As a result, it applications are deemed to be limited either within the four walls of the church or for private use. By way of discussing its significance in bringing collective healing, this paper aims to highlight the public dimension of the Bible. While the conceptual focus will be a theology of memory, we’ll explore how biblical/Christian conceptualisation of memory can aid bringing about the healing of memories.

Girma (MA and PhD in political philosophy, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) is international advocacy officer for Bible Society. He has worked as visiting scholar at Yale University and assistant professor at ETF, Leuven, Belgium. Girma is the author of Understanding Religion and Social Change in Ethiopia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), co-editor of Christian Citizenship in the Middle East (JKP, 2017) and the editor of The Healing of Memories: African Christian Response to Politically Induced Trauma (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018). Girma also writes and comments on African, especially Ethiopian, social and political matters.