TRP research seminar series 2017-18
18 October 2017: Prof. Simon Oliver, van Mildert Professor of Divinity, University of Durham: Creation, Teleology, Grace and Nature in Thomas Aquinas.
8 November 2017: Prof. Admiel Kosman, University of Potsdam: Martin Buber on the Meaning of Religious Studies versus Religious Existential Life.
6 December 2017: Dr Frederik Mulder, Univ. of Winchester: Augustine and the Continuing Quest to Address Complexities between ‘flesh and blood’ (1 Corinthians 15:50) and ‘flesh and bones’ (Luke 24:39).
17 January 2018: Rt Revd Dr Christopher Herbert, Visiting Professor of Christian Ethics, University of Surrey; former Bishop of St Albans: Foreshadowing the Reformation: art and religion in the 15th century Burgundian Netherlands
21 February 2018: Prof. Babette Babich, Fordham University, New York and Visiting Professor, University of Winchester: Spirit and Grace, Poetry and Voice.
21 March 2018: Dr Rachel Muers, University of Leeds: Theologies of the Un/Deserving Poor.
Free, all welcome. All talks will take place on Wednesday afternoons from 4.30 to 6.00pm in the Medecroft Building, King Alfred Campus, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR.
4 May 2017: Andrew Budge (Birkbeck Univ. of London), The See of Winchester and Collegiate Churches
This was a free research seminar.
21 – 24 July 2017: Death and the Maiden Conference
This interdisciplinary conference will explore the relationship between women and death; it seeks to draws widely on the connections between death and women, examining, exploring and celebrating the intimate relationship between Death and the Maiden. In collaboration with Dead Maidens.
5 April 2017: Inaugural Lecture by Anna King, Professor of Religious Studies and Social Anthropology: Sacred Violence, Sacred Peace: Religion in an Age of Conflict
Drawing on first-hand experience of peace processes in (post-)conflict areas, Anna evaluated the impact of University of Winchester collaborative projects that bring together religious leaders, politicians, academics, civil society organisations and both victims and perpetrators of violence, as part of ongoing peace processes. Can ‘religious’ concepts of reconciliation and restorative justice support and/or challenge international liberal peacebuilding policies based on economic development, retributive justice and human rights?
Prof. King is a member of the University's Centre for Religion, Reconciliation and Peace and a former member of the Department of Theology, Religion and Philosophy. Find out more about Professor Anna King.
Wednesday 22 March 2017: Departmental research seminar by Prof. Melissa Raphael, University of Gloucestershire: 'Did God make the world's first idol? An illustrated Jewish feminist reading of the Animation of Woman in Genesis 2'
21 Feb 2017: Death, sin and purgatory in late medieval England
A talk by Dr Christina Welch, Senior Fellow in Theology and Religious Studies, at Winchester Cathedral. Dr Welch explored the concepts of purgatory and indulengences and what these meant for late medieval people.
Wed. 2 November 2016: Animal Welfare and Religion Symposium
A wide range of voices have challenged traditional social uses of animals, and have called for stronger measures to protect their welfare. Where have religious voices been in this debate, and what have they been telling us? How and why do ethical and religious perspectives on animals differ, among differing religious traditions? An afternoon event hosted by the University's Centre for Animal Welfare.
3 - 6 June 2016: Death, Art and Anatomy Conference
An interdisciplinary conference bringing together art historians, medical historians and practising artists to explore the intersections between death, art and anatomy.
22 October 2015: Reconnecting politics with people
An evening of conversation about politics, power and faith between two of our most original thinkers, Arnie Graf and Danny Kruger. Graf is well known for his role mentoring a young Barack Obama and more recently for his role as an advisor to Ed Miliband, working to reconnect the Labour Party with voters. Kruger is a former special advisor to David Cameron and the Chief Executive of criminal justice charity Only Connect. He is also a former chief leader writer at the Daily Telegraph. The conversation will be moderated by Isabel Hardman, Assistant Editor of The Spectator. This event was co-hosted with the Centre for English Identity and Politics. For more information please contact Professor Andrew Bradstock.
TRP academic presents recent research at Oxford museum event
On 30 October 2015, TRP's Dr Christina Welch talked about the use of mummified body parts in medieval European medicine as part of the exuberant Mexican 'Day of the Dead' celebrations at Oxford's Pitt Rivers Museum. Find out more.
10 Sept. 2015
Department of TRP contributes to this year's Greenbelt Festival
students and academics from the Department of Theology, Religion and
Philosophy were part of this year's Greenbelt Festival, which took
place at the end of August. The Department has established an Associate
Partnership with the festival, 'where faith, arts and justice meet'. The
three TRP academics, Prof. Neil Messer, Dr Chris Meredith and Dr
Timothy Secret, contributed to the festival programme; a series of
sessions titled 'Antidote to Bible Study' was led by Dr Chris Meredith,
and Prof. Neil Messer was one of the panellists in a discussion on
'Faith in Science' (Photo, Prof. Messer on left). The Department also
had a stand in the main exhibition area, run by the students. (Image
Find out more about the Greenbelt Festival
23 July 2015
Winchester philosopher on BBC Radio 4's A History of Ideas
Monday 20th July saw the launch of the new series of BBC Radio 4's A History of Ideas. Melvyn Bragg discussed the topic 'How should we live together?' with four guests: TRP's Dr Timothy Secret, Lecturer in Philosophy and Religion (photo), historian Justin Champion, economist Kate Barker and fellow-philosopher Angie Hobbs. Dr Secret talked about Confucianism, ancestor worship and psychoanalysis.
Additionally, all four academics have made short documentaries, which will be aired in the course of the week. Dr Secret's documentary, which focusses on ancestor worship, will be broadcast on Friday 24th July at 12.04. "In my documentary I will talk to the sinologist Frances Wood and the psychoanalyst Darian Leader", says Dr Secret. "I believe that Aidan Turner from Poldark will be narrating an animation that goes with my episode."
TRP academic interviewed in National Geographic
Dr Christina Welch, Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies, has been interviewed by National Geographic about her research into medieval cadaver sculptures, the so-called transi tombs. Dr Welch recently gave a public lecture about her research into these unflattering medieval 'selfies' at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in New York. She has also been working with anatomical sculptor Eleanor Crook on creating a modern-day transi, affectionately known as Guy the Gaunt. The project was crowdfunded and achieved overfunding, allowing Guy to go on tour.
Department welcomes new staff
The Department of Theology, Religion and Philosophy welcomes Dr Maya Warrier, Reader in Religious Studies. Dr Warrier specialises in Hinduism and the sociology and anthropology of religion. Find out more about Maya Warrier.
World-leading research and outstanding impact in Theology and Religion
Our research has scored top marks in the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). Read the full press release.
Medieval Jewish Winchester walk 16 July 2015
The Medieval Jewish Winchester Trail is a brand new guided walk through Winchester. A collaboration between the city council, the Departments of TRP and History, and Winchester's Jewish community, it tells the fascinating story of the city's rich Jewish heritage. Find out more about Medieval Jewish Winchester
8 July 2015: The Early Christian Archaeology in Britain Conference: Archaeology and the search for early insular Christianity in Britain. Present and future research foci
A collaboration between the Archaeology Department and the Coptic Orthodox Church. Find out more.
A public event to celebrate the publication of a new volume of essays and an invitation to join a discussion on its theme, the 'common good'.
Department changes its name and welcomes new staff
From 1 September 2014, the Department of Theology and Religious Studies is called the Department of Theology, Religion and Philosophy. This name change reflects a recent broadening of the department's scope to include the fascinating and time-honoured discipline of Philosophy, and we are delighted to welcome Dr Timothy Secret, Lecturer in Philosophy and Religion.
TRS academics share their expertise abroad
Dr Christina Welch and Dr Paul Hedges have recently returned from Turkmenistan where they were asked to share their expertise in religion and beliefs with government officials. Read the full press release.
City Centre Conversations
On Thursday 30 January 2014, Dr Christina Welch delivered the fourth in the new series of City Centre Conversations in Winchester. CCC's are monthly events in social venues, bringing the University’s research into the heart of the city. This free talk was titled Winchester, sustainability and environmental action. On Thursday 31 October 2013, Dr Angus Paddison (photo) delivered the second talk in the series, titled What has faith got to do with Winchester's wellbeing.
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