2018 SSCE Conference

SSCE 2018 Annual Conference

Living and Dying

St John's College, Durham

7-9 September 2018

Black Lives Matter UK - BBC website

Keynote Speakers:

Jeffrey Bishop, Saint Louis University: 'Ageing and the Technological Imaginary: Living and Dying in the Age of Perpetual Innovation'

Susanna Snyder, Ripon College Cuddesdon / University of Oxford: 'Washing Wounded Feet—Pedetic Textures of a Theo-Ethical Response to Migration'

Anthony Reddie, University of South Africa/Wesley House, Cambridge University: 'Do Black Lives Matter in Post-Brexit Britain?' 

Cathriona Russell, Trinity College Dublin: 'Care, coercion and personhood at the end of life'

Kathryn Mannix, palliative care pioneer: 'Forgotten Wisdom: rediscovering the art of dying well'


The 2018 SSCE Annual Conference will explore the themes of living and dying, particularly as they relate to approaches to death and to the lives of populations most vulnerable to tragic and unjust deaths. We will consider meta-ethical questions of living and dying as well as grounded questions surrounding the lives and deaths of particular persons such as immigrants, refugees, racial/ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and the elderly.

Conference bookings have now closed. 

Conference Speakers 

Jeffrey Bishop, Saint Louis University

Jeffrey P. Bishop is Professor of Philosophy and of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University, and he holds the Tenet Endowed Chair in Health Care Ethics. Bishop’s scholarly work draws on philosophy, theology, ethics, and medicine, and is focused on the historical, political, and philosophical conditions that underpin contemporary medical and scientific practices and theories. His constructive work sits at the intersection of phenomenology and theology. Bishop is the author of The Anticipatory Corpse: Medicine, Power, and the Care of the Dying, and is completing his second book (with Therese Lysaught and Andrew Michel), Chasing After Virtue: Neuroscience, Economics, and the Biopolitics of Morality. He is beginning work on a third book, Body Work and the Work of the Body, which phenomenologically explores embodiment in liturgical action.


Susanna Snyder, Ripon College Cuddesdon / University of Oxford 

Dr Susanna Snyder is Lecturer in Theology and Director of Non-residential Training at Ripon College Cuddesdon. Prior to moving to this post in 2018, she taught in the areas of Christian ethics, theology, spirituality and social justice at the University of Roehampton, University of Texas at Austin, Episcopal Divinity School and Emory University. Her research focuses on practical and theo-ethical responses to refugees and sanctuary seekers, including the potential of the arts and the mystical to generate and sustain social action. Her published work includes articles in the Journal for the Society of Christian Ethics and Journal of Refugee Studies, Asylum-Seeking, Migration and Church (Ashgate, 2012) and two co-edited volumes—Church in an Age of Global Migration (Palgrave, 2016) and Intersections of Religion and Migration (Palgrave, 2016). She has actively supported people seeking sanctuary in the UK and US for over a decade.


Anthony Reddie, University of South Africa/Wesley House, Cambridge University 

Professor Anthony G. Reddie is a Learning and Development Officer for the Methodist Church. He is also an Extraordinary Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of South Africa and a Fellow of Wesley House, in Cambridge. He has a BA in History and a Ph.D. in Education (with Theology), both degrees conferred by the University of Birmingham. He has written over 70 essays and articles on Christian Education and Black Theology. He is the author and editor of 17 books. His more recent titles include The SCM Core Text: Black Theology, (SCM, 2012), Contesting Post-Racialism (2015) (co-edited with R. Drew Smith, William Ackah and Rothney S. Tshaka and Journeying to Justice (2017) (co-edited with Wale Hudson Roberts and Gale Richards). He is editor of Black Theology: An International Journal, the only academic periodical of its kind in the world. He is a member of the ‘International Academy of Practical Theology’. 


Cathriona Russell, Trinity College Dublin

Cathriona is an Assistant Professor in Theology and Ethics (environmental and biomedical) in the Department of Religions and Theology, School of Religions, Peace Studies and Theology at Trinity College, the University of Dublin.  She teaches theology, ethics and hermeneutics to undergraduate students in the department and systematic theology to post-graduate masters students training for ministry in the Church of Ireland Theological Institute. For three years (2010-2013) she was Director of the Masters in Ecology and Religion at All Hallows College, Dublin City University and taught on that program. She has also taught medical and research ethics to students from other disciplines at TCD.

She has a BA in Religions and Theology from TCD and did her PhD research with the current Head of Discipline there, Prof Maureen Junker-Kenny, in theological ethics and food biotechnology.  Her research and publications are focused on creation theology, environmental ethics and biomedical ethics. She has an undergraduate and masters degree in Horticulture from University College Dublin, and has worked in horticulture and in environmental monitoring before studying theology at TCD.


Kathryn Mannix

Dr. Kathryn Mannix has spent her medical career working with people who have incurable, advanced illnesses. Starting in cancer care and changing career to become a pioneer of the new discipline of palliative medicine, she has worked as a palliative care consultant in teams in hospices, hospitals and in patients’ own homes, optimising quality of life even as death is approaching. She is passionate about public education, and having qualified as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist in 1993, she started the UK’s (possibly the world’s) first CBT clinic exclusively for palliative care patients, and devised ‘CBT First Aid’ training to enable palliative care colleagues to add new skills to their repertoire for helping patients.

For further conference details, contact Anna Westin (conference@ssce.org.uk)


SSCE Annual Conference


7-9th September 2018, St. John’s College, University of Durham



Friday, 7th September


1:00 – 4:00 pm            Registration     Tea/Coffee and Biscuits                                             

1:00 pm                       What is Christian Ethics? Discussion forum   

4:00 pm                       Welcome by SSCE President David Clough

            Plenary Address     Chair: David Clough

            Susanna Snyder, Ripon College Cuddesdon / University of Oxford

5:30 pm                       Wine and Book Reception     Chair: Helen Dawes

                                    Kathryn Mannix

6:00 pm                       Evening Prayer     Worship Leader: Margaret Adam

6:30 pm                       Dinner                                                            

7:30 pm                       Plenary Address     Chair: Beth Philips                                               

                                    Anthony Reddie, University of South Africa/Wesley House, Cambridge University

9:00 pm                       Bar open                                                           

Saturday, 8th September

7:30 am                       Breakfast                                                        

                                    Note: Breakfast is served until 8:45 am.

8:15 am                       Morning Prayer     Worship Leader: Neil Messer                                               

9:00 – 10:30 am          Short Papers: Session 1                                    Various locations                 

  • Track 1     Chair: Neil Messer                                                                                                                                

David Clough, Killing Animals: ‘Human’ and Non-Human                   

Stewart Clem , Biological Death and Death of the Human Person: A Thomistic Analysis

Manitza Kotze, A Life with Limits: A Christian Ethical Investigation of Radically Prolonging Human Lifespans

  • Track 2   

Margaret Adam, Better Off Dead? Purposeless Death and Bodily Resurrection

Ashley John Moyse, Hugging Death, Anticipating Suicide: Vulnerability to Despair and a Marcelian Response to Medical Assistance in Dying                                                                                                    

  • Track 3     Chair: Anna Westin   

Travis Pickell, Gentle Space-Making: Christian Silent Prayer, Mindfulness, and Kenotic Identity Formation

 Helen Dawes, Living in Time: A Provocative Response to a Theology of Moments

10:30 am                     Coffee                                                          

11:00 am – 12:30 pm  Short Papers: Session 2

  • Track 1     Chair: David Clough 

Michael Mawson, ‘Do Not Forsake Me When My Strength is Failing’: Insights from Disability Theology for Attending to Ageing

Jana Bennett, A Disabled Body is a Dead Body: Views from Osler, Foucault and Gregory of Nyssa

  • Track 2     Chair: Beth Philips 

George Walters-Sleyon, Mass Incarceration and Death in US/UK Prisons: A Theological Situation              

Roger Abbott, Living and Dying with Natural Disaster: Dignity, Myth and Poverty                                                                                                  

  • Track 3     Chair: Victor Lee Austin                      

Cosimo Manni, The Christian ‘Inconveniens’ of Virtue Ethics

Joel Pierce, Rights and Virtue: Parallels and Complimentarity Between Two Often Opposing Approache

12:30 - 1:30 pm          Lunch

·       Free time for exploring Durham

·       SSCE Committee Meeting, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

1:00 pm                       Postgraduate Forum                           

3:30 pm                       Afternoon Tea/Coffee & Biscuits                               

4:00 – 5:00 pm            Annual General Meeting     Chair: David Clough                                 

5:00 pm                       Evening Prayer                                                                

6:00 pm                       Plenary Address     Chair: Mike Mawson                                              

                                    Jeffrey Bishop, Saint Louis University

7:30 pm                       Drinks                                                            

8:00 pm                       Conference Dinner                                                     

                                    Note: dress for the dinner is “smart casual”

                                   After dinner talk with Kathryn Mannix

9:30 pm onwards         Bar open.


Sunday, 9th September


7:45 am                       Breakfast                                                        

                        Note: Breakfast is served until 9:00 am

8:30 am                       Eucharist     Worship Leader: Jennifer Moberly                                                                                                                    

9:30 – 11:00 am          Short Papers 3                                                 Various locations                 

  • Track 1     Chair: Manitza Kotze                     

Fabian Grassl, In the Face of Death: The Role of ‘Borderline Situation’ in the Ethics of Helmut Thielicke      

Jennifer Leigh, Dying to Self for the Sake of Common Life: Political Agency in the Light of Bonhoeffer’s Ethics of Responsibility                 

  • Track 2     Chair: John Berkman                     

Tobias Winright, The Use and Abuse of ‘Bearing One’s Cross’ in Christian Bioethics

Autumn Ridenour, Sabbath Rest as Vocation: Aging toward Death

  • Track 3     Chair: Guido de Graff   

Sebastian Muders, Human Dignity and the Value of Life

Jordan Redding, Crying out for Life in the Midst of Death: Eduard Thurneysen and the Ethical Question, 1913-1920                 

11:00 am                      Coffee

11:30 am                     Plenary Address    Chair: Anna Westin                                               

Cathriona Russell, Trinity College Dublin

1:00 pm                       Lunch  (departure after lunch)