There are currently eleven regular research seminars running in the Department, each focused on a different sub-field within Theology and Religion. Each seminar typically meets on a weekly basis, and sessions are attended by taught and research postgraduate students along with staff whose work is within this area. The format for these seminars varies, but most are centred on an extended presentation on recent research, given by an invited speaker, followed by questions and discussion. Research seminars are treated as an important part of postgraduate training and a key context for fostering academic scholarship, offering opportunities to learn about new developments in the field, engage in dialogue with guest speakers, and expand knowledge and skills through group discussion.
Current Seminar Series
- Old Testament Research Seminar
- Seminar for the Study of Judaism in Late Antiquity
- New Testament Research Seminar
- Patristics Research Seminar
- Ecclesiastical History Seminar
- Theology and Ethics Seminar
- Religion and Society Seminar
- Catholic Theology Research Seminar
- Anglican Studies Research Seminar
- Faith and Globalisation
- Spirituality, Theology & Health Seminar
- Café des Femmes
- The Forum on Forgiveness and Reconciliation
- Calendars and Festivals: Identity, Culture and Experience
Spirituality, Theology & Health: 'Stress Reduction/Buffering in Individuals who are Surrendered to God: Is This a Mechanism by which Religiosity Improves Health?'
28 June 2012 16:00 in Abbey House, Seminar Room B
An abundance of evidence supports that stress predicts poor health, and religiosity, broadly defined, typically predicts good health. It is possible that one mechanism by which religiosity positively impacts health is through reduction in or prevention of the stress response, and that Surrender (Surrender to God) is a measure that captures aspects of religiosity that would predict lowered stress levels. We have conducted several studies which together support this theory on a correlational basis. Intervention studies are needed to verify mechanism, yet increasing religiosity as an intervention is frowned upon in much of the scientific community.
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These seminars are open to all staff and students of Durham University and to the general public. However, please be aware that they are aimed at a postgraduate level and are therefore especially suitable for MA, PhD and DThM students, as well as for others engaged in postgraduate study in relevant areas of enquiry.