2016 ANZATS Conference

The 2016 Australian and New Zealand Association of Theological Schools Conference will be hosted by the University of Divinity, and will be held at the Trinity College Theological School and the Pilgrim Theological College, both in Parkville, Melbourne.

3-6 July 2016

REGISTRATIONS

Registrations are now open. Register here

CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT

This conference invites papers from all theological disciplines that reflect on a number of related issues. Please view the Conference Announcement for details on submitting a paper.

The deadline for Abstracts is 7 March 2016.

Program and Schedule of papers

You can follow these links to read the program or the schedule of papers (draft). Please note that this program is subject to change.

Proposals for Streams 

In addition to papers that directly address the conference theme, the organising committee also welcomes proposals for papers for the following streams.

Karl Barth Study Group

The Karl Barth Study Group met for the first time at ANZATS 2015 and was encouraged by the quality and range of papers presented. Thus, the study group convenors again welcome papers reflecting current research into Barth’s theology and its legacy. Proposals may bring Karl Barth into dialogue with the Conference theme, although this is not necessary. Interested members of ANZATS, ANZSTS, and the theological and wider academic community are invited to submit the title of their proposed presentation at this conference, together with an abstract of 250-300 words. Relevant proposals from doctoral candidates will also be considered. All proposals should conform to the requirements in the 2016 Conference Call for Papers, and should also include a note that the proposal is intended for the Karl Barth Study Group. 

Third Article Theology

The Third Article Theology (TAT) stream will meet for the first time at ANZATS 2016 and invites paper proposals which explore the intersections of pneumatology and other theological loci. More specifically, TAT is being established as a distinct theological methodology, in which questions of pneumatology set the agenda for theological discourse. Proposals will be accepted which deal with either TAT methodology or with the results of doing TAT, or, finally, papers critically engaging with various Third Article Theologies. Interested members of ANZATS, ANZSTS, and the theological and wider academic community are invited to submit the title of their proposed presentation at this conference, together with an abstract of 250-300 words. Relevant proposals from doctoral candidates will also be considered. All proposals should conform to the requirements in the 2016 Conference Call for Papers, and should also include a note that the proposal is intended for the Third Article Theology stream.

Theological Education

The Theological Education stream aims to highlight what has long been the background to our theological research: its location within Australian and New Zealand Higher Education.  This stream will include a survey of the opportunities and challenges facing the sector, a reflection on its history, focus on particular aspects of contemporary theological education, and some practical conversations on what works in our classrooms/online spaces. Papers of 30 minutes are invited, as well as proposals to present short (up to five minutes) examples of things that have been tried and worked (or nearly worked!) in the classroom, whether face-to-face or online. All proposals should conform to the requirements in the 2016 Conference Call for Papers, and should also include a note that the proposal is intended for the Theological Education stream.

Ecumenical Formation

Ecumenism informs who we are and how we relate to each other as Christians and how we relate to others and to society.  It is essentially about mission.  The Ecumenical Formation stream at ANZATS 2016 is intended to explore and affirm the importance of forming people in the Church for the ecumenical task in the context of the broader challenges facing our contemporary world.  In the face of the harsh reality of the divisions that keep the churches apart, that fracture koinonia with one another and that seriously damage the authenticity of the Church’s mission, the stream is being offered to acknowledge that ecumenical formation is for every member of the Church, particularly for those undertaking specialist training for ministry in the Church. The Ecumenical Formation stream, therefore, will be a means of examining the basic task of discerning how the ecumenical imperative is taught and caught and lived in a particular situation. All proposals should conform to the requirements in the 2016 Conference Call for Papers, and should also include a note that the proposal is intended for the Ecumenical Formation stream.

VENUES

The 2016 ANZATS Conference will be held at the Trinity College Theological School and the Pilgrim Theological College, both in Parkville, Melbourne.  

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Rev Dr Serene Jones 

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The Rev Dr Serene Jones is the 16th President of Union Theological Seminary in New York, and the first female to hold that position. Professor Jones was appointed President of Union after seventeen years teaching at Yale University. In 2016, Professor Jones will be the President of the American Academy of religion. 

A prolific and popular scholar in the fields of theology, religion, globalisation and gender studies, her books include Trauma and Grace: Theology in a Ruptured World (2009) and Feminist Theory and Theology: Cartographies of Grace (2000).