Post Grad Newsletter – February 2017
Welcome back to the academic year for 2017! We would like to take the opportunity to welcome Sam Amosa and Keith Hamilton who will be joining us as PhD students from this semester. Sam is being supervised by Jione Havea and Keith by Clive Pearson. Rev Dr Christine Sorensen is the new Dean of Formation replacing Rev Carolyn Thornley who is moving to another ministry position. We look forward to welcoming Christine to our research community and we hope to have a presentation by Christine later in the year. We also welcome back Gerard Moore who has been on Study Leave for last semester.
Research Colloquium – Dates for 2017
The start time for the Colloquiums is 1.30pm unless otherwise advised. The room is G3.
Semester 1: 17 February, 3 March, 31 March, 28 April, 26 May, 23 June
Semester 2: 21 July, 11 Aug, 15 Sept; 13 Oct, 3 Nov
17 February: Faculty presentations by Gerard Moore and Jeff Aernie.
Students are still in the process of being scheduled for seminars in 2017. The list of presenters will be updated via this newsletter.
Please remember that attendance at the Research Colloquiums is a critical component of a HDR students’ candidature and that every effort should be made to attend. Apologies should be sent to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Workshops from the Research Office
To register for any of these online workshops, please go to the Research Office website which can be found here: Online Workshops
13th Feb Online Writing A Research Proposal HDR Candidates; academic and research support staff members who are at an early stage in their research career
14th Feb Online HDR Candidate Welcome & Induction HDR Candidates & their Supervisors
15th Feb Online Exploring Research Methods using Sage Research Methods Online All CSU researchers, including HDR Candidates and research support staff members
16th Feb Online My Research Career, Module 1 – Introduction, research landscape, priority and time management All CSU researchers, including HDR Candidates and research support staff members
16th Feb Online Overcoming Procrastination HDR Candidates; academic and research support staff members who are at an early stage in their research career
20th Feb Online Reading the Literature Critically HDR Candidates; academic and research support staff members who are at an early stage in their research career
21st Feb Online Supervisor Series – Module 1 – Induction CSU academic staff who wish to register as a HDR Supervisor at CSU or learn about supervising HDR candidates at CSU
22nd Feb Online Using Library Databases All CSU researchers, including HDR Candidates and research support staff members
23rd Feb Online Introduction to Research Application and Administration All CSU researchers
23rd Feb Online The Basics of Thesis Structure HDR Candidates; HDR Candidate Supervisors
28th Feb Online Finding Research Funding Opportunities including Research Professional All CSU researchers, including HDR Candidates
7th Mar Online EndNote for Windows All CSU researchers, including HDR Candidates and research support staff members
9th Mar Online EndNote for Mac All CSU researchers, including HDR Candidates and research support staff members
14th Mar Online EndNote Master Class All CSU researchers, including HDR Candidates and research support staff members
Broken Bay Institute Symposium
BBI – The Australian Institute of Theological Education will be hosting an exclusive event on Friday, 10 March 2017 titled: A Witness to God’s Peace: A Jean Vanier Symposium. Please join with us as we explore the life, writings and ministry of the inspirational Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche and the 2015 John Templeton Prize winner. This event will feature a never-seen-before interview with Jean Vanier and Zachariah Duke, filmed at Jean’s home in France, with live responses from a host of special guest speakers – some internationally known for their expertise in the theology of Jean Vanier and/or the spirituality of L’Arche. Please register via the following link A Witness to God’s Peace
Seeing Silence: Interdisciplinary perspectives symposium
Otago University, New Zealand 16-17 March 2017
Silence is a historical novel. Written by Shusako Endo (1923-1999), one of Japan’s foremost novelists, the book offers an absorbing, albeit bleak, meditation on the inability of the seventeenth century Jesuit mission to establish religious change on Japanese soil. It allows us to explore the possibilities and pitfalls when conversion seems fruitless.
The book is currently being made into a movie, directed by Martin Scorsese. Due for New Zealand release on February 17, it stars Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson. Scorsese considers his movie-making an act of prayer, writing “I wanted to be a priest. My whole life has been movies and religion. That’s it. Nothing else” (Detweiler and Taylor 2003: 155).
The symposium has been timetabled with a view to presenters watching the film after release on February 17 and having time to develop papers for the symposium.
This event is a programme of the Christianity and Cultures in Asia series, sponsored by Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership, the Otago University Department of Theology and Religion, and Presbyterian Research Centre.
Australasian Academy of Homiletics Biennial Conference
Golden Grove, Healing Ministry Centre
5 Forbes St, Newtown NSW 19-21 April 2017
The biennial conference of the AAH aims to bring together teachers of homiletics for the purpose of discussing the place of preaching in theological education and sharing ideas and methods.
Proposals for papers to be considered for presentation can be submitted to the executive committee at email@example.com The deadline for proposal submission is 17 February 2017.
Society of Biblical Literature
The Islands, Islanders and Scripture Section encourages presenters to submit proposals for three sessions this year. The first, a combination of open call and invited papers, will address the themes of mobility and migration. A second, open session will address the impact of the environment on islands and island readings, with particular attention paid to the ecological health and future of islands and seas. Third, we are collaborating with Asian and Asian-American Hermeneutics, Bible and Cultural Studies and Contextual Biblical Interpretation on an open call for papers for a session on “Contextual Biblical Methodologies” (either methods shaped by a given context or theory-framed methods). – See more at: Society of Biblical Literature
Oceania Biblical Studies Association
Trinity Methodist Theological College, Aotearoa N.Z
20-22 April, 2017
ReCharge, ReChart and ReChance
Call for Presentations and Papers
The 2017 gathering is an opportunity to assess, energize, navigate and saction biblical studies in Oceania, mindful of the struggles with the occupation of Island nations and the concern for solidarity and cooperation between island groups and peoples. In those interests, papers/presentations are invited on the following streams: Pacific ways: Occupation and solidarity; Sea of readings: Book of Numbers; Grounding islands: reCharting the Public Square.
Please send your proposal (Title & abstract, up to 300 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org by 28 February 2017.
Further updates on OBSA 2017, when available from the steering crew, will be posted online at Waves of the Moana
Sydney College of Divinity Learning and Teaching Conference
Sydney College of Divinity, North Ryde
28-29 April, 2017
Wandering about God together
The Sydney College of Divinity invites scholars and doctoral candidates from the theological and wider academic community to propose a paper for the SCD 2017 Learning & Teaching Conference. The conference will explore the theme of research-led learning and teaching within Theological Higher Education. Presentations will be organized (approximately) along the lines of the first four domains of the Higher Education Standards 2015. This provides opportunity for papers on any aspect of the Student experience through a course of Theological Education, whether from the perspective of Learning & Teaching, or that of Student Support.
For details about registration and the program, please visit this website:SCD Conferences
Adelaide 9-12 July
Kinship and Family in contemporary Australia and New Zealand
Call for Presentations and Papers
The Conference Planning Committee is pleased to invite all members of ANZATS, and the theological and wider academic community to submit the title aof their proposed presentation at this conference, together with an abstract of 250-300 words by February 17, 2017.
Proposals should be accompanied by a cover page which includes the name of the stream it relates to and contact details: Name, institutional affiliation, postal address, phone number and email address. Please address submissions to Dr Liz Boase email@example.com.
For further information regarding guidelines for the proposals, please visit this website: ANZATS Conferences
Harvest 7th Annual Research Conference
Scoresby, Victoria 24-25 August, 2017
The Holy Spirit in a Post-Mission World
Call for papers
Interested scholars including post graduate students, lecturers and minister are invited to submit proposals for papers to be given at this year’s conference. Ideas could be along these lines:
•The Holy Spirit and ministry or mission
•Ministry and mission in a changing and even hostile world
•The changing nature of Pentecostalism
•Religious tensions in today’s world
Successful presenters at the conference will be invited to turn their papers into peer-reviewed articles for the Journal of Contemporary Ministry.
Proposals should be around 200 words and should contain a working title, a clear description of the ideas and arguments you will present and details of you as a presenter including previous and current studies and presentation experience.
Please send the proposal before 24 May to Dr Jon Newton, Harvest Bible College, P.O Box 9183, Scoresby, VIC 3179 or to firstname.lastname@example.org
Catholic Institute of Sydney/Sydney College of Divinity Conference
Catholic Institute of Sydney, Strathfield 28-29 September, 2017
The Impact of Jesus of Nazareth – Historical, theological and pastoral perspective
Call for Presentations and Papers
The Conference Planning Committee invites scholars and doctoral candidates from the theological and wider academic community to submit the title of their proposed presentation at this conference, together with an abstract of 250-300 words, by May 15, 2017. This should be accompanies by contact details: name, institutional affiliation, postal address, phone number and email address. Please address the submissions to Professor James R. Harrison email@example.com.
Registration costs, including conference dinner, accommodation options and transport details will be available on the SCD website from April 10, 2017.
Senior Quality Assurance and Compliance Officer – Harvest Bible College
Harvest Bible College is looking for a key role in our Academic Department. The Senior Quality Assurance and Compliance Officer (Senior QACO), in conjunction with other members of the Academic Department, is responsible for ensuring Government compliance and quality assurance of the academic programs and training education division of Harvest Bible College. This is outworked through driving and coordination of the accreditation schedule and processes, as well as providing written reports and documentation of accreditation documents for all Harvest’s accreditation and compliance requirements and for quality assurance at every level and all sectors of the college.
More in-depth information regarding Harvest’s expectations of this role can be found in the position description on our website Job Description
To Apply, •Email CV, cover letter and key selection criteria to HR@harvest.edu.au
•View full position description at link above
•Closing Date 17th February 2017
**Only applications with written responses to the Key Selection Criteria, along with Resume and Cover Letter will be reviewed**
Student and Supervisor Activity
PhD student Brian McKinlay has some recent publications:
1. “Revelation in Nicolas Berdyaev’s Religious Philosophy”, Open Theology 3 (2017): 117–133. doi 10.1515/opth-2017-0009 and
2. “Ludwig Wittgenstein in Rowan Williams’s Theological Account of Language,” New Blackfriars (2017, in press) doi 10.1111/nbfr.12225.
Rev Dr Ian Robinson has completed his research project in Apologetics, called WHATS CHRISTIANITY EVER DONE. Five study books are being published online this month: What’s Christianity ever done for Science, for the Arts, for Healthcare and for Education. Wxed.net
Rev Dr Clive Pearson has a new chapter published: The Quest for a Coalitional Praxis: Examining the Attraction of a Public Theology from the Perspective of Minorities, in A Companion to Public Theology, edited by Sebastian Kim and Katie Day, (Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2017). 418-440.