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Research seminars

Research Seminars in the Department of Theology & Religious Studies

The Department of Theology & Religious Studies hosts a lively assortment of research seminars on themes stretching across the research strengths of the Department.

Often seminars are given by leading figures in their fields, invited from across the UK and further afield.

Research seminars held at King's College London

Biblical Studies research seminar

Speakers on Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, New Testament and Second Temple themes are drawn from King's, from other universities in the UK and beyond.

Buddhist Studies research seminar

A range of papers on different aspect of Buddhism, whether historical or current, presented by international and local scholars from old lags to Ph.D. candidates. Tea before (from 4.30) and time after the talk provide an opportunity to discuss recent and current research. Open to all. Alongside the advertised papers, we have a Buddhist writers’ forum and more task-specific sessions, about which King’s Buddhist studies staff can provide further information.

Jewish Studies research seminar

The Jewish Studies research seminar offers the chance to discuss innovative research with leading scholars in the field within the framework of our Jewish Studies research seminar and international workshops.

King's History of Philosophy seminar

The Seminar aims to promote discussion of methods and approaches to the History of Philosophy as well as of thinkers and topics within the tradition.

We wish to encourage contextual and interdisciplinary perspectives, and welcome researchers in disciplines such as History, Theology, and Political Theory as well as Philosophy. Meetings take place on Fridays from 11am to 1pm. All are welcome.

Patristics / History of Philosophical Theology seminar

The King's Patristics and History of Philosophical Theology Seminar invites leading international scholars, but also gives young scholars a platform and, of course, all present the chance to interact and discuss recent research

Research Institute in Systematic Theology seminar

The themes explored range over the whole of Christian theology, as well its relations with other disciplines and other faiths. Speakers are invited from universities and other institutions in the UK, and occasionally from abroad.

Social Sciences and Religion research seminar

This seminar series provides an opportunity to get an insight into how social scientists approach the challenging issues through empirical research and theoretical analysis.

Sacred Traditions and the Arts seminar

The seminar on Sacred Traditions and the Arts is a joint venture between the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King¹s and The Courtauld Institute of Art. It seeks to place researchers in dialogue who are working on any aspect of the sacred and visual culture.

Research seminars held outside of King's College London

Jewish History

A research seminar at the Institute of Historical Research (University of London, Senate House). Convenors: Professor Michael Berkowitz (UCL), Professor David Feldman (Birkbeck), Dr Shirli Gilbert (Southampton), Dr Francois Guesnet (UCL), Dr Nathan Kurz (Birkbeck), Professor Ada Rapoport-Albert (UCL), Dr Andrea Schatz (KCL).

Religious Experience and Desire

This project, funded by the University of Notre Dame, examines the connection between religious experience and desire. The seminars will explore in various ways the hypothesis that the faculty whereby human beings apprehend the divine has an essentially desiderative dimension, and hence that religious experience is informed and infused by the desire for God. Seminars take place at both KIng's College London and Heythrop College. 

Religious History of Britain 1500-1800

Organised by the Institute of Historical Research; convenors include Dr David Crankshaw (King’s). 

Graduate seminars

Biblical Studies Graduate Seminar

The Biblical Studies Graduate Seminar is intended as an opportunity for postgraduate students in the department (and occasionally from other institutions) to present work-in-progress to their peers. Presenters typically speak for 20-30 minutes, followed by a time of discussion. The seminar is primarily focused on research within Biblical Studies but does sometimes include research from other sub-disciplines.

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