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 2nd October 2019Dr Jonathan Norton, King's College LondonEchoes of Audience in the Letters of Paul: Clues about early Christian Exegetic Practices
Wednesday 16th October 2019Dr Jonathan Stokl, King's College LondonSkin Diseases, Purity and P
Wednesday 13th November 2019Dr Stefano Salemi, King's College LondonI have made you a sign (Ezekiel 12:6): Ezekiel is a môphêt
Wednesday 11th December 2019Dr Alinda Damsma, University College LondonThe Prophet versus the Witches —Ezekiel 13:17–23 in Targum Jonathan
Wednesday 22nd January 2020Dr Michael Lyons, University of St AndrewsTitle TBC
Wednesday 12th February 2020Presentations by PhD studentsTitles TBC
Wednesday 4th March 2020Professor Laura Quick, Worcester College, OxfordTitle TBC
Wednesday 18th March 2020Professor Charlotte Hempel, University of BirminghamTitle TBC
This year we are convening the King’s History of Philosophy Seminar, which will meet regularly through the academic year at King’s College London. 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.
For inquiries contact John Callanan (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Clare Carlisle (email@example.com).
Further dates to be added in the coming weeks.
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.
Date: Monday 14th October 2019, 18.15-19.45
Location: BH (SE) 1.01, Bush House, Strand Campus, King’s College London
Speakers: Dr Alixe Bovey FSA FRHistS, Head of Research, the Courtauld Institute of Art; Dr Matthew Rothaus Moser, Lecturer in Theology at Loyola University Maryland, USA.
Ticket/entry details: Open to all; free admission
In this pairing of papers, we will explore the ways in which visual art might serve and support particular kinds of devotional reading. Alixe Bovey will draw on her expertise in the art and culture of the Middle Ages, with special interests in illuminated manuscripts and visual storytelling, to discuss how this has been so historically. She will look particularly at Books of Hours. Matthew Moser will look at how this classical practice of holy reading might find new forms in the present, developing a ‘modest constructive proposal’ for contemporary theological aesthetics by practising lectio divina with the Genesis frontispiece of the Saint John’s Bible. He will explore how such a strategy for ‘reading’ an image can open up to theological interpretation without betraying its integrity as an art form.
There will be time for discussion and questions following the papers. The event will be concluded by an informal reception.
About the seminar series: The seminar on Sacred Traditions and the Arts is a joint venture between the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King’s and The Courtauld. 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.
[Image: Donald Jackson and workshop, frontispiece of the Book of Genesis, The Saint John’s Bible, illuminated calfskin vellum (2000–2007), Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, USA.]
[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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