Postgraduate Conference

2017 Spring Postgraduate Conference

Life to the full: Human (and other) flourishing

University of Manchester, April 20-21, 2017

In John’s Gospel Jesus says ‘I have come that they may have life and have it to the full’ (John 10:10). The term ‘human flourishing’, or eudaimonism in the thought of Augustine, has often been used to refer to this ‘fullness of life’. Our 2017 Postgraduate conference will consider the far-reaching consequences of this idea for theology and especially for theological ethics. What does, or should, human flourishing look like? What does flourishing mean for the non-human? Is human flourishing a viable or helpful goal of theology and ethics?

We’re seeking papers which address such questions and issues related to them. We would particularly welcome papers considering human flourishing from the following perspectives:

·         Ecological ethics

·         Bioethics

·         Disability theology

·         Sexual ethics

·         Socio-economic ethics

·         Political ethics

·         Contemporary culture - Social media, “fake news”, and post-truth ethics

·         Notions of human flourishing elsewhere in historical and/or contemporary thought


Prof. Peter Scott (Manchester) will give a plenary address on 'Living life to the full? Political Theology and human flourishing', and Dr. Scott Midson (Manchester) will offer a response.

The two days will also feature a diverse selection of postgraduate papers surrounding our theme.

Submission of abstracts for postgraduate paper presentations close on 24th March. To submit a proposal visit Do note that you will have to log in to the website to submit your proposal. Alternatively, if you experience any difficulties with the online submission process, please email

The conference will run from 1pm on Thurs April 20th through to 2pm on Fri April 21st. Lunch, coffee & refreshments are included with registration.

Click here to register now. Registration will remain open until April 17th.

Bursaries are available to cover the conference fee. To apply, email (bursary applications will be considered up until April 10th).

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