Durham 2015 CFP

Call For Papers

Conference on Ecclesiology and Ethnography

15-17 September 2015

St John’s College, Durham

We welcome papers that explore the dynamic relationship between the theological and the lived in ecclesiology.

This conference is part of the Ecclesiology and Ethnography network, which seeks to draw together scholars working with theological approaches to qualitative research on the Christian Church. We encourage single and multi-authored papers. All papers are to be circulated prior to the event to enhance conference conversations and interaction.

Established scholars, doctoral students as well as pastor/scholars working in church settings are welcome to propose papers. As per previous years there will be mix of plenary presentations and shorter papers. Proposals are due on June 1.  Please send your abstract and title (no more than 500 words), along with contact to Prof. Pete Ward peter.ward@durham.ac.uk

The conference will run from lunchtime on the 15th until lunch on 17th Sept. We will be holding our usual folk music evening on the 16th.

We will shortly be posting the booking details for the Conference.

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Joint Session at the AAR

CO-SPONSORED SESSION for the American Academy of Religion in Atlanta, November 2015.
Ecclesial Practices Group and the Society for the Study of Anglicanism

Call for Papers:
We encourage submissions that use ethnographic or qualitative methods for their theological reflection in a variety of ecclesial traditions. We particularly invite papers that focus on conflict and reconciliation. We welcome papers that consider both the socio-political and personal-communal dimensions of conflict and reconciliation as they impact World Anglicanism and other ecclesial communities. Papers may focus on (but are not limited to) such topics as race and police violence, issues of inclusion (e.g., conflicts around sexuality), ecclesial relations with first peoples/indigenous peoples, clergy sexual abuse, as well as issues of local ecclesial conflicts of various sorts (e.g., ‘worship wars’).

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection
Mary McClintock Fulkerson, mfulkerson@div.duke.edu
Natalie Wigg-Stevenson, natalie.wigg@utoronto.ca
Steering Committee
Christian A. B. Scharen, cscharen@auburnseminary.org
Jonas Idestrom, jonas.idestrom@svenskakyrkan.se
Natalie Wigg-Stevenson, natalie.wigg@utoronto.ca
Peter Ward, peter.ward@durham.ac.uk
Timothy Snyder, tksnyder@bu.edu
Tone Stangeland Kaufman, tkaufman@mf.no

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Funded Research Opportunity

Human Distinctiveness Summer Seminar Project May 27 – June 17, 2015: Call for Proposals

This RFP is open to the full range of scholars who have gained a relevant doctoral degree. Theologians from different Christian denominational backgrounds are welcome to apply, including those with distinct theological expertise in, for example, systematic theology, philosophical theology, biblical studies, liturgical studies, moral theology, early Church history, etc. We are also open to theologians writing from the perspective of other religious traditions. For anthropologists we anticipate those who apply will have a particular interest in evolutionary anthropology, the archeology of religion, the evolution of religion, and/or issues related to human distinctiveness. While preference will be given to those who are in faculty positions at the time of application, the only eligibility requirement is a doctoral degree and a track record in research publications.

Candidates may choose to apply for (a) three week summer seminar in 2015 and follow- up 3-day seminar in 2016 only, or (b) summer seminar and follow-up seminar combined with a one-semester research leave period. Some of those who apply for (b) may be considered only eligible for (a) since this depends on the quality of the project proposal submitted.

: Further Details can be found here


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AAR session


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Issue 1.2 of Ecclesial Practices just out

Celebrating with Mark Porter from the Christian Congregational Music NetworkEP 1.2EP_001_02_Cover-front and back-page-001

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AAR San Diego

If you are attending AAR/SBL in San Diego, please consider attending our session. It is going to be excellent. In order to have a more robust conversation, the papers are available in advance for members of AAR (link below). Please take time to read them beforehand if you can. At the session, each presenter will summarize his or her paper, and M.T. Davila from Andover Newton will offer a brief response to the panel, before we open to group questions and conversation. Here’s the outstanding lineup:

Ecclesial Practices Group
Theme: Theological Ethnography and Ecclesial Practices
Sunday – 9:00 AM–11:30 AM
Hilton Bayfront-Indigo B

Christian A. B. Scharen, Auburn Theological Seminary, Presiding

This panel will explore the growing “ethnographic” turn in theology through papers drawing upon ethnographic research on a variety of different “ecclesial practices,” broadly understood. Employing such lenses as aesthetics, power analysis, and womanism in their ethnographic studies, the papers discuss fascinating challenges to and expansions of some traditional theological categories and methodologies that result from such research.

Patrick McKearney, University of Cambridge
An Ontology of Peace? An Ethnography of l’Arche in Contemporary Britain

Rebecca Spurrier, Emory University
From Funky Fingernails to Faith Claims: Beauty and the Works of Disability

Jodi Belcher, Duke University
Making Room for the Spirit: How a Womanist Hermeneutic Can Inform Theological Ethnography

Christopher C. Brittain, University of Aberdeen
When Ecclesiology Becomes “Weaponized”: Ecclesial Practices and the Divorce of the Diocese of Pittsburgh

Ryan R. Gladwin, Messiah College
Moving Towards a Transformative Ethnographic Theology: Can Ethnography Provide a Means to Both Examine and Transform Culture and Practice?

Maria T. Davila, Andover Newton Theological School

Link for the full papers: https://www.aarweb.org/aar-full-paper-submission-program…

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Professorial Fellow

I am delighted to be able to announce that I (i.e. Pete Ward) will be Professorial Fellow in Ecclesiology and Ethnography at St John’s College and the Department of Theology the University of Durham.

Durham has become something of a home for EE – well now students can study there all the year round!  I will be announcing lots of new initiatives relevant to EE over the next few weeks but if you know people who want to do research in our area I am very much open for business.2014-10-29 17.01.00

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