Theology in Aotearoa: Two Conferences

1. The Systematic Theology Association of Aotearoa New Zealand is holding its Annual Conference in Dunedin on 11-12 November 2010.

The principal theme of the conference will be ‘Ecclesiology’. Those interested in presenting papers should send an abstract of 200-300 words addressing the theme to Murray Rae by 30 June. Papers to be presented at the conference should be no longer than 45 minutes in duration.

In addition to the principal theme of the conference there will also be opportunity for postgraduate students working in other areas of Systematic Theology to present shorter papers on the theme of their postgraduate research. Such papers will be of 30 minutes duration and an abstract of 200-300 words should likewise be submitted to Murray Rae by 30 June.

Submissions from postgraduate students on the principal theme of the conference will also be welcome.

2. The Laidlaw-Carey Graduate School is sponsoring a colloquium on the theme The Theology and Practice of Lament. The colloquium will explore cultural and theological implications of texts and practices of lament and/or complaint. Potential papers, should address complaint/lament with a focus on spiritual/theological dimensions so might include:

  • readings of biblical or other complaint or lament literature (Psalms, Job, Lamentations etc)
  • studies of historical or contemporary lament songs
  • pastoral perspectives on the contemporary practice of lament
  • theological reflections
  • cross cultural perspectives on lament practices
  • post Holocaust reflections
  • contemporary political reflections

The colloquium will take place in Auckland on 10-11 February 2011, with a view to publishing a book with the same title in 2011. Enquiries and abstracts (before 31 July 2010) should be addressed to Miriam Bier or Tim Bulkeley.

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