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Research Seminars

The department hosts regular research seminars and conferences. 

We attract a variety of scholars to present on their current research work. Details of seminars can be found below, on our events pages here and on Facebook.

Department of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies presents

Wednesday 8 November

6:40pm, H149, Bishop Otter Campus

Theology and the Poor: the Copernican revolution that never happened

A Copernican perspective reminds us that the centre of gravity of God’s concerns may not be where we have been accustomed to look. For example, we’re still apt to apply our theology rather than acknowledge an alternative locus of God’s revelation – namely, within the poor. The Church seems institutionally averse to listening and looking attentively enough to the poor to see what the incarnated God was doing there – and what he might be doing in our day. We keep clear of the poor lest they turn our world, and our theological perspectives upside down

Dates for your diary: 

  • Wednesday 6th December Dan Taylor - Whither the multitude? Collective political subjectivity in and beyond Spinoza
  • Wednesday 31st January Dr Ruth Mantin
  • Wednesday 21st February Dr Danielle Sands
  • Wednesday 21st March – TBC
  • Wednesday 25th April – Dr Joshua Forstenzer

Unless otherwise noted, all seminars are 6:30-8:00 pm in H149.

Past Research Seminars

11 October - Dr Russell Re Manning, Bath Spa University, 'Is Theology Natural?'

13 September - Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah, Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue and Revd Dr Stephen Roberts, University of Chichester, "Deep Calls to Deep: Jews and Christians in Dialogue"

14 September – Dr Ulrich Schmiedel (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität), '“The Dead Are Coming”: Performing Political Theology In-Between Refugees and Religion’

19 September – Chichester Theological Society Lecture at Chichester Cathedral – Prof Martyn Percy, ‘ Salt and Light: Christianity and Contemporary Culture'

12 October – Dr Naomi Billingsley (Bishop Otter Scholar for Theology and the Arts in the Diocese of Chichester), '"I improve very much... a blessing I can never be too thankful for both to God & Man": Felpham and William Blake's biblical watercolours'

2 November – Prof Graham Harvey (Open University), ‘Religion in the larger-than-human world: how indigenous religions contribute to understanding all religions'