Conference Announcement and call for papers

Conference on "Conscience and Moral Consciousness"

7th June 2014, 9.30-5.45pm 

Radcliffe Humanities, Woodstock Road, Oxford

Plenary speaker
Prof Julia Driver (St. Louis)

The Conference
This interdisciplinary conference, which is organized by the TORCH Affections and Ethics network at Oxford University, brings together philosophers, theologians, and scholars working in literature, history and political theory as well as other disciplines to examine the role of conscience for our moral self-understanding. The 'voice of conscience' has not only been regarded as a central source of moral cognition by many philosophers and theologians, but has also been of persistent fascination for psychologically interested writers. In addition, conscience is widely attributed special normative significance with regard to legal and political issues in pluralistic societies. But the debates about these questions have been led mostly in parallel and without the necessary interconnections between the disciplines. The conference aims to cover a wide range of topics connected to conscience, in order to show how they bear upon each other and to further mutual understanding among the people participating in the different discourses.

Call for papers:

The conference will have two plenary talks and 4 panel sessions for papers. Each panel consists of two talks of 30 minutes each, with a joint discussion of 30 minutes for both talks. For the panel sessions, we warmly invite contributions not only from philosophy, theology, literary studies, history and political theory, but equally from other disciplines which are interested in conscience and moral cognition. The contributions should fall into one of the following three areas: (a) conscience and the emotions, (b) historical theories of conscience, (c) the normative significance of conscience.

To be considered, please send a 1000-word abstract by 16th May 2014 as a pdf-document to the following address:

Notification of acceptance will take place by 18th May 2014.


Attendance and refreshments including lunch are free, but please register by sending an email to by the 5th June 2014 in order to guarantee a place.

The conference is supported by TORCH, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities.

More details about the conference and the Oxford Affections and Ethics Network may be found at:

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

6.30pm, Wed 7th May 2014 at St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Institute, in partnership with CCLA, the Church Investors Group and Shrinking the Footprint - the Church of England's national environment campaign - is pleased to be hosting this event bringing together the United Nations, churches, investors, security experts and environmentalists to highlight the importance of collective action on climate change.

Christiana Figueres will share her views on the key challenges faced and highlight what faith communities, the City and the UK at large can do to help.  As well as inviting questions from the audience, a panel of distinguished speakers will identify the impact of climate change on their sector to help build the will for political action.

The discussion will be Chaired by Bishop James Jones, former Bishop of Liverpool and BBC Radio 4 presenter.  Panel of speakers to include Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti (former UK Government Climate and Energy Security Envoy) and Dr Tony Juniper (Author and Environmentalist).  Investment speaker TBC.

This event is free and open to all, but registration is essential.  Doors open at 6pm for a 6.30pm start.  To register for tickets please visit:

8-9 May 2014
What discourses do faith and spiritual traditions provide surrounding migration? What is the role of faith communities and faith-based organizations in the complex landscape of migration?
Migration, Faith and Action is an interdisciplinary conference sponsored by Las Casas Institute at Blackfriars Hall and The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH). Register at:
You can download a poster by clicking on this link: 

We are pleased to announce the 2014 Annual Conference on the theme of "Sin and Christian Ethics" to be hosted at Westcott House Cambridge, 5th – 7th September 2014. 

Presenters will include:

  • John Barton (Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of the Holy Scripture, University of Oxford)
  • Karen Kilby (Bede Professor of Catholic Theology, University of Durham)
  • Oliver O’Donovan (Professor Emeritus of Christian Ethics and Practical Theology, University of Edinburgh)
  • Bernd Wannenwetsch (Author and Lecturer)
  • John Webster (Chair of Divinity, St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews)

The conference will also be preceded by a meeting of the Post-graduate Forum. All those engaged in higher level research in Christian Ethics and Moral Theology are most warmly invited to attend. For further information, please contact:

If you know undergraduate students considering PG work in Christian ethics, you may be interested in announcement from Mike Mawson detailing their MTh in Theological Ethics for which they are now accepting applications. See attached flyer for details.


SSCE members may be interested in participating in any of a number of exciting lectures and events planned at the University of Aberdeen this year on the subject of "The Challenge of Bonhoeffer's Theology." See the attached flyer for more details.

Lecturer in Theology and Ministry

Reference Number: 3362

Location: Durham City

Faculty/Division: Arts & Humanities

Department: Theology and Religion

Grade: 7

Position Type: Full Time

Contract Type: Permanent

Salary: £30,728 – 36,661

Closing Date: 11 March 2014

Job Description

The Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University has a long-standing tradition of outstanding research and education and is widely recognized as one of the leading departments in its field. The Department has a welcoming and collegial atmosphere, and is sited between the Cathedral and the Castle on the World Heritage Site in the centre of the city of Durham.

In 2013, Durham University entered into a partnership with the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England, to provide validation for a suite of higher education awards for ordinands, lay ministry students and others studying in colleges, courses and dioceses across England – the new Common Awards in Theology, Ministry and Mission. A small team has been created in Durham to oversee the academic and administrative development of this partnership, led by Prof. Mike Higton (Professor of Theology and Ministry) and Dr Elena Martin (Quality Assurance Manager).

We now seek to appoint an academic Lecturer in Theology and Ministry to support this partnership. The appointee will work closely with Prof Higton to

  • contribute to the quality assurance processes involved in validation of the Common Awards, and in any future expansion of the partnership; and to
  • develop collaborative research activities, drawing on expertise from Durham, from the theological colleges and courses, and from the wider church and university worlds, in order to shape the future of theological education across the partnership and beyond.

The appointee will be a scholar with a record of excellence in research and education in an area of theology relevant to Christian thought, practice, ministry, and mission in the contemporary world.
Durham University is an equal opportunities employer and acknowledges a range of flexible working practices.

Job Summary and Purpose

Working closely with the Professor of Theology and Ministry, the appointee will
1) assist with the maintenance and development of the Common Awards partnership, by
a) contributing extensively to Common Awards quality assurance procedures;
b) assisting with the exploration of possibilities for the extension of the partnership to include new programmes and partners, especially ecumenical partners;
c) fostering close relationships between the Department and the theological education institutions (TEIs) involved in the Common Awards partnership;
d) contributing to the development of online resources for the Common Awards;
e) undertaking other administrative tasks in relation to the Common Awards as agreed with the Chair of Theology and Ministry;

2) conduct outstanding research in an area of theology relevant to Christian thought, practice, ministry and mission in the contemporary world, leading to
a) publications of international significance
b) high-quality applications for externally-funded research grants
c) activities likely to produce public benefit outside the academic community

3) develop research activity associated with the Common Awards partnership, by
a) helping to gather a research community around issues of contemporary Christian ministry drawing on expertise from the Department, the TEIs, other departments of Theology and Religious Studies, the churches, and beyond
b) helping to shape an agenda of questions related to the curriculum and pedagogy of the Common Awards, and to the future of theological education more broadly;
c) helping to develop specific research activities, including grant-funded collaborative research projects, designed to tackle these questions;
d) helping to develop appropriate pathways to ‘impact’ for this research activity, and appropriate ways of monitoring such impact;

4) participate in the supervision of research students (MA and PhD).

5) undertake other minor roles as agreed with the Head of Department, which may include some administrative tasks and / or some contribution to undergraduate or postgraduate teaching.

The postholder will be responsible to the Head of the Department of Theology and Religion.

Person Specification

1) A PhD in a relevant area, submitted by the closing date or firmly to be submitted before 1 September 2014 (E)
2) A track record, appropriate to career stage, of outstanding research publication (E)
3) Evidence of a planned programme of research in a relevant field that is compatible with and will enhance the Department's research profile, and with the potential to secure external research income (E)
4) Experience either of Christian ministry or of teaching students training for Christian ministry (E)
Skills / Competencies
5) The ability to work collaboratively to develop high-quality research activities related to the Common Awards programme (E)
6) The ability to work collaboratively with partners in the Church of England and other churches (E)
7) The ability to play a constructive role in academic quality assurance (E)
8) Excellent communication skills in English, both oral and written (E)
9) Ability and willingness to work as a member of a team (E)
10) Good IT skills, including the capability to produce online learning materials (E)
(E) - Essential (D) - Desirable

Additional Information & Interview Date

Guidance for written application

1. It is essential that in your written application you give evidence of examples of proven experience in relation to the selection criteria.
2. A description (of up to 1,000 words) of your vision for the kind of research activity that could be developed in relation to the Common Awards, and of the contribution you could make to this activity; this may be incorporated into your letter of application or included as an appendix.
3. You should include a sample of your written work (5,000-7,000 words) with your application.

Please note the presentation/interview dates are to be scheduled for Wednesday 2nd April. At interview, shortlisted candidates will be asked to give a 20-minute presentation on their vision for Common Awards research activity, to a mixed audience of academic staff and postgraduates from across the Department of Theology and Religion.

The Futures of Capitalism Conference
8th-9th April 2014
The University of Winchester

This conference is the culmination of a year-long series events, sponsored by Winchester Cathedral, Winchester Business Improvement District and the University of Winchester, in collaboration with the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics and Public Life, University of Oxford.

The Futures of Capitalism conference is intended to contribute to the aims of this series of events, conceived in the wake of the Occupy protests, making a positive contribution to the national debate concerning the reform and renewal of the economy.

Keynote Speakers

  • Professor Ken McPhail, La Trobe University
  • Professor Michael Northcott, University of Edinburgh
  • Right Reverend Dr. Peter Selby, St. Paul's Institute, London
  • Professor Richard Sennett, New York University and London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Professor Rebecca Todd Peters, Elon University
  • Professor Richard Werner, University of Southampton

We invite proposals from researchers and students in Theology, Religious Studies, Economics, Business and other relevant disciplines, for 20-minute papers which critically examine ethical concerns related to global capitalism. Among other topics, we would welcome proposals addressing the sustainability or otherwise of current models of capitalism, and the responsibilities of financial institutions and other parties in fostering just and sustainable economic life. We wish to encourage theological reflection on these themes, including discussion of the roles of churches, faith communities and ethical leadership in shaping forms of economic life that promote human flourishing and the common good.

Please e-mail a title, an abstract of no more than 300 words, and a brief biographical statement including any affiliation, by Friday 28th February 2014 to the conference organisers: Professor Neil Messer (, Professor Alan Murray (, or the conference administrator Dr. Rohan Brown (

For information please visit these websites:




We are pleased to announce our Spring Postgraduate Conference which will take place in Edinburgh from 14-15 April 2014. You can find more details including registration and our call for papers by clicking on this link.


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