2016 Theology and Philosophy Postgraduate Research Conference

Published: Monday 12th December 2016

As a part of its ongoing commitment to high quality research and research training, the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy hosted the annual Theology and Philosophy Postgraduate Research Conference on Monday 31 October 2016.

As a part of its ongoing commitment to high quality research and research training, the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy hosted the annual Theology and Philosophy Postgraduate Research Conference on Monday 31 October 2016.

This conference is run in association with other theological providers – Charles Sturt University, Avondale College, the University of Divinity, and the Australian College of Theology – and is now in its eighth year. The event provides a unique forum for students from different institutions, disciplines and theological traditions to meet one another and to discuss their research in a critical, but supportive environment.

This year's conference was held on three ACU campuses – Melbourne, Strathfield and Brisbane – and was chaired by Professor Dermot Nestor, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy (in Strathfield), Professor David Sim, Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy (in Melbourne), and Dr David Kirchhoffer, HDR Coordinator of the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy (in Brisbane).

There were 14 presentations in Sydney, five presentations each in Melbourne and Brisbane, as well as many other staff and students in attendance at each campus location. The papers ran the full spectrum of theological and philosophical discourse, from Biblical Studies to problems facing the Christian Churches in the modern day.

Professor Sim said: “The presentations were of a very high standard and evidenced the level of sophistication and quality in theology and philosophy in Australian postgraduate research.”

“All participants embraced the opportunity to engage in critical and constructive conversation with their peers, and many signalled their intention to return next year.

“As was the case with the previous conferences, this event was an outstanding success.”

A gift voucher was awarded for the best presentation in both Melbourne and Brisbane, and in Sydney there were prizes for first, second and third due to the larger number of presenters.

Prize winners were: Jennifer Wakeling (ACU) in Brisbane and Sarah Beattie (University of Divinity) in Melbourne. In Sydney (in order of first to third) prizes were awarded to: Joel Attwood (Moore Theological College), Susan Connelly (ACU) and Christina Kheng (ACU).

Congratulations to all the winners who excelled in a very competitive postgraduate research environment.

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