Centre for the Study of Bible & Violence Inaugural Symposium

June 17th 2019, 9.30am – 4.30pm
at Bristol Baptist College, The Promenade, Duncan House, Clifton Down, Bristol BS8 3NJ

Keynote speaker:
Prof James Crossley
Professor of Bible, Society and Politics
St Mary’s University Twickenham

And a book launch:
God of Violence Yesterday, God of Love Today?
Wrestling Honestly with the Old Testament
Helen Paynter (BRF, 2019)

Cost £20 or £5 for students and unwaged. Early bird rate (until 31st January 2019) £15.
Click here to download a booking form.
Email paynterh@bristol-baptist.ac.uk for more information, or send your completed booking form to community.learning@bristol-baptist.ac.uk to book your place.

Call For Papers

The Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence is now inviting submissions for its launch symposium (academic arm). For this inaugural meeting, all scholarly research papers on the broad subject of Bible and Violence will be considered.

We particularly welcome papers from undergraduate or MA students, in addition to those from doctoral students and established scholars. We welcome submissions from scholars working within the Christian tradition and those from other traditions.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Hermeneutical issues in relevant biblical texts
  • Biblical-theological themes relating to violence or warfare
  • Reader reception of relevant biblical texts
  • Historical or modern issues of violence in relation to the Bible
  • Black, feminist or intersectional readings of relevant biblical texts
  • Interfaith work, or comparative work with other sacred texts

Papers will be delivered in a 30-minute slot including a brief time for questions. Papers from undergraduates will have a 20-minute slot. Poster submissions are also welcomed.

Submission guidelines

  • Submit your paper of up to 8000 words to paynterh@bristol-baptist.ac.uk
    Papers should be in English, and anonymised.
  • Submissions from students should be marked as such, with the level of study indicated. They may be considerably shorter than the 8000 word limit, and poster submissions are also welcomed.
  • Deadline for submission: 1st April 2019
  • Your paper will undergo blind peer review within four weeks of submission
  • It is hoped that the Proceedings of the Symposium will be published, and authors of successful papers will be invited to contribute their papers to this.

About the Centre

Bristol Baptist College’s Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence seeks to become a resource and research hub with two arms of its activity:

  • Academic arm: Aims to promote postgraduate research in the broad field of Bible and violence; and conversation among scholars of different faiths, nationalities and disciplines who are working in related areas.
  • Applied arm: Aims to provide resources to the churches in order to equip them to offer a counter-violence, counter-extremist narrative

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