The Department of Theology & Religious Studies hosts a lively assortment of research seminars on themes stretching across the research strengths of the Department. Seminars running in 2019-20 include:
Seminars are regularly given by leading figures in their fields, invited from across the UK and further afield. Please find further information about the Department's varied and engaging selection of research seminars below:
The Biblical Studies Research Seminar meets on Wednesday afternoons. Academic staff and graduate students from King's and other London-based colleges are warmly invited to attend. 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. The usual format is a one hour paper followed by 30 minutes of questions and discussion. All are warmly invited to stay after the seminar for refreshments.
For more information, please email Professor Edward Adams, Professor of New Testament Studies
All seminars take place on Wednesdays, 5-7pm, Bush House (SE) 2.10 unless otherwise stated.
Wednesday 2 October 2019Dr Jonathan Norton, King's College LondonEchoes of Audience in the Letters of Paul: Clues about early Christian Exegetic Practices
Wednesday 16 October 2019Dr Jonathan Stokl, King's College LondonSkin Diseases, Purity and P
Wednesday 13 November 2019Dr Stefano Salemi, King's College LondonI have made you a sign (Ezekiel 12:6): Ezekiel is a môphêt
Wednesday 11 December 2019Dr Alinda Damsma, University College LondonThe Prophet versus the Witches —Ezekiel 13:17–23 in Targum Jonathan
Wednesday 22 January 2020 Dr Michael Lyons, University of St Andrews The Heritage of the Servants: The Afterlife of a Trito-Isaian Argument
Wednesday 12 February 2020 Justin Hagerman, PhD student, King's College London The life of Christ in Paul: Galatians 2:20 and Paul’s interpretation of divine agency
Wednesday 18 March 2020 Professor Laura Quick, Worcester College, Oxford Absalom and the Poetics of Beauty
Room VWB3.01 at 17.00 (refreshments 16.30 in the 3rd floor kitchen)
Friday 31 January 2020
Masahiro Shimoda, Professor of Buddhist Studies & Indian Philosophy, University of Tokyo
Buddhism and Digital Humanities and Ligeia Lugli, Newton International Fellow, King’s College London
Inching towards corpus-driven lexicography for Buddhist Sanskrit: advances in Natural Language Processing and digital infrastructure
Friday 28 February 2020
Isara Jay Treesahakiat, PhD Candidate, King’s College, London Thai
Thai Temples in the UK and Dr Graham Winyard
The Role of the Abbot in Thai Forest Monasteries of the Ajahn Chah Lineage in the UK
Friday 6 March 2020
Jotika Khur-Yearn, Southeast Asia Librarian, SOAS. Olivia Porter, PhD Candidate, King’s College, London
The Joti/Zawti sect of Burma and Angela Chiu, Independent Researcher, London
The Great Relic of Hariphunchai: The Buddha, the King and the Joke
Friday 13 March 2020
Piyobhaso Bhatsakorn, PhD Candidate, King’s College, London
The Abhidhamma writings of the 15th century Lānnā monk Ñāṇakitti and Pyi Phyo Kyaw, Shan State Buddhist University, Taunggyi, Myanmar. King’s College, London, UK
Sowing the Seeds of Abhidhamma Studies: scholars of Myanmar and their global networks
Friday 20 March 2020
Baas Terwiel, Emeritus Professor of Thai Studies Hamburg
The law of kamma in traditional Thai society
Friday 27 March 2020
Martin Seeger, Professor of Thai Studies, University of Leeds
Buddhist performing arts: gender, allegory, and female authorship in modern Thai Buddhism
Kindly sponsored by Ji Xuegen Research Funding for Buddhist Studies
The King's Theology Seminar specialises in Christian theology and philosophical theology. As well as treating traditional systematic theology, the Seminar hosts researchers who consider theological themes from various disciplinary perspectives, and seeks to facilitate collaborative explorations of theology's relations to culture, philosophy, and religious life.
Unless otherwise stated below, the seminars are held on Tuesday mornings at 11:00am in Room 3.01, Virginia Woolf Building, followed by a drinks reception in the TRS department lounge. 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.
Academic staff and graduate students at King’s and other London-based colleges are invited to attend.
For further information, please contact Dr Susannah Ticciati.
Tuesday 1 October: “Over-recognising Christ? A Metaphysical and Psychoanalytic Encounter with Risen Flesh” - Dr Chris Wojtulewicz, Free Research Associate, The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Tuesday 15 October: "Science and humanity: a fresh look at the nature of scientific explanation" - Professor Andrew Steane, Professor of Physics, Exeter College, University of Oxford
Tuesday 5 November: “A God called ‘Truth’: An Exercise in Constructive Theological Recovery, with reference to Augustine and the Old Testament" - Dr Emily Kempson, Lecturer and Tutor of Theology, St Mellitus College
Tuesday 3 December: “Negative Natural Theology: Divinity and the Limits of Reason” - Professor Christopher Insole, Professor of Philosophical Theology and Ethics, Durham University
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.
The seminar on Sacred Traditions and the Arts is a joint venture between the Department of Theology & Religious Studies at King's 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. It is open to all scholars and students who have an interest in exploring the intersections of religion and art regardless of period, geography or tradition.
Seminars are open to all with free admission.
Wednesday 5 February 2020, 15.00 - 17.00, Room 1.03
As an exhibition about the Bogside Murals in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland, opens in The Exchange in Bush House, this special session of the Sacred Traditions and the Arts Seminar will take the form of a panel discussion.
Devised in close co-operation with the Bogside Artists themselves, the exhibition draws attention to the non-sectarian Civil Rights movement in the late 1960s and explores the lasting effects of The Troubles on the day-to-day lives of ordinary people. The twelve large-scale murals of the local artists—now known as The People’s Gallery—have played a significant role in the way The Troubles continue to be interpreted and responded to.
Our panellists will discuss questions about how visual art produced in response to situations of conflict might work both to document and to transform memory. When and how does visual art help shared remembering in situations where there is a legacy of social division? How might good remembering be balanced—or betrayed—by future-oriented perspectives?
Organised by Professor Ben Quash (King's College London) and Dr Scott Nethersole (The Courtauld Institute of Art).
[Held outside of King's College London]
Organised by the Institute of Historical Research, held in Wolfson Room II, Institute of Historical Research (Senate House).
NB: This seminar takes place in the Institute of Historical Research wing of the Senate House. On arrival at the Senate House from the Russell Square side, turn right for the Institute of Historical Research wing.
Seminars begin at 5.15pm (NB Rooms may change at short notice, so do check the programme for updates and/or on arrival at the Institute of Historical Research).
For full details visit the IHR website.
IHR Wolfson NB02
Clive Holmes (Oxford): 'Why Did Bishop Williams Publish Holy Table, Name and Thing?'
IHR Seminar Room N304
James Harris (Oxford): 'Anglican responses to the Act of Toleration in Cornwall and South-West Wales, 1689-1714'
Mark Kirby (York): 'Anglican ecclesiology in woodwork: the reredos in Sir Christopher Wren’s churches'
John Craig (Simon Fraser): 'William Holcot's books: recantation and repentance in Reformation England'
Noah Millstone (Birmingham): 'The pope of Ipswich: Samuel Ward’s “godly commonwealth” and its discontents, 1603-41'
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