Our research seminars for 2017-18 will take place from 11.30-12.30 on Tuesdays (Adam Room, Grove House, Froebel College in the Autumn; Duchesne 201, Digby Stuart College in the Spring). Click here to download a campus map. Those who wish to continue conversations over lunch are welcome to stay. 

Autumn 2017

3rd Oct, 17th Oct, 7th Nov, 21st Nov, 5th Dec

3rd Oct

Dr John Moxon speaking at the launch of his new book, Peter’s Halakhic Nightmare

17th Oct

Professor Chris Baker, William Temple Professor of Religion and Public Life at Goldsmiths, University of London

Postsecularity and a New Urban Politics? Spaces, Places, Imaginaries
This paper was originally presented at an inter-disciplinary urban sociology colloquium for the Technische Universitat, Darmstadt in 2016. The colloquium was entitled Filling the Void - Religious Pluralisms and the City. The paper explores the growing conceptual and material understandings of how the practices of lived religion and belief produce the city - and vice versa, and the extent to which ideas of postsecularity, rather than the postsecular per se, help us to better understand these convergences between the religious and the urban, and how they might have new political and civic traction. Key concepts that will critically discussed will be cosmopolitan religion, postsecularity, progressive localism, spiritual capital, and curating new political and ethical subjectivities and spaces.

7th Nov

Dr Chloe Lynch, Lecturer in Practical Theology, London School of Theology

Ecclesial Leadership as Friendship: Praxis, power-relations and pragmatic challenges
This paper draws on a larger work which imagined ecclesial leadership as friendship in the context of practical theology’s normative task. My remit here, however, is the pragmatic task and, after introductory remarks concerning leadership in light of friendship, I will therefore delimit my focus to two questions. First, what is the shape of friendship-leadership praxis in light, particularly, of power-relations? Secondly, what might be some of the challenges to practitioners of implementing friendship-leadership praxis in the ecclesial context? In identifying these two questions, I am concerned with studying leadership as activity; questions of the structures within which leadership is exercised are marked as important but, for these purposes, secondary.

In response to the first question, I will develop friendship-power as a kenotic praxis in the context of mutual relational expectations. This section will also assess whether friendship, as a relationship of equality, can thrive in a context of power-differentials. Finally, engaging the second question, I will enumerate several pragmatic challenges of friendship-leadership praxis and offer rules of art for practitioners.

21st Nov

Dr Stephen Skuce, Director of Research, Methodist Church

Methodist Research: Growth and Evangelism
Rev Dr Stephen Skuce, Director of Research for the Methodist Church, will discuss two research projects related church growth and the practice of evangelism within British Methodism. There will be an overview of the projects and their findings, with a focus on the methodological approaches taken.

5th Dec

Dr Julia Ipgrave, Honorary Research Fellow, University of Roehampton

"When Adam met Wequash" Seventeenth Century Adamic theology and mission among the American 'Indians'.
Seventeenth Century English men and women faced political turbulence in the Old World and the challenge of encounter with very different cultures in the New. At this time of uncertainty and change many sought a firm foundation or sure direction for society in the figure and story of the Biblical Adam. This paper will use material from my recently published book on this subject, Adam in Seventeenth Century Political Writing in England and New England. With particular focus on the 'Indian writings' of New England puritans, John Eliot and Roger Williams, it will consider how the first nation Americans were incorporated into Adam's story, the part Adam played in early missions to these people and their response to these encounters with the first patriarch. From this study of seventeenth century encounter four themes will be drawn out - 'integration', 'values', 'borders' and 'crisis' - all of which have an application to our world today.

Spring 2018

16th Jan, 30th Jan, 20th Feb, 6th Mar, 20th Mar

30th Jan

Professor Nicholas Sagovsky, Whitelands Professorial Fellow

Summer 2018

1st May, 15th May


Further speakers to be confirmed.

For more information on events please contact the group convenor, Dr Andrew Rogers