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Department of Theology and Religion

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Registration open for conference on Suffering, Diminishment and the Christian Life

Registration and the call for short papers is open for this conference, taking place on 8-10 January 2018 at Ushaw College, Durham, UK.

(17 Aug 2017) » More about this conference


Durham professor elected Fellow of British Academy

Durham University theologian, Professor Douglas Davies has been elected as a Fellow of the British Academy in recognition of his outstanding contribution to research in the humanities and social sciences.

(1 Aug 2017) » More about Durham professor elected Fellow of British Academy


Dr Edward Epsen appointed as Teaching Fellow at King's College London

Congratulations to Dr Edward Epsen, recent PhD student at the Centre for Catholic Studies (CCS), who has been appointed as Teaching Fellow in Systematic and Philosophical Theology at King’s College London.

(27 Jul 2017) » More about Edward's reflections on his time at the CCS and his next step


Rev. Dr Gabrielle Thomas appointed to new project on ‘Ecclesial Learning about Women and the English Churches through Receptive Ecumenism’

The Rev. Dr Gabrielle Thomas

The Centre for Catholic Studies within the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University, in partnership with the Trust of the National Board of Catholic Women (NBCW) and the Caulfield Foundation, is pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev. Dr Gabrielle Thomas to a two year post-doctoral position in ‘Ecclesial Learning about Women and the English Churches through Receptive Ecumenism.’

Gabrielle Thomas, an ordained priest in the Church of England, recently completed her doctorate at the University of Nottingham on the theological anthropology of Gregory Nazianzen. Over the course of two years, she will be working closely with NBCW-sponsored regional ecumenical discussion groups, together with interviewing key individuals, in order to explore, using the methodology of receptive ecumenism, the diverse experiences women have of participating and ministering within the UK churches, the difficulties and challenges which arise, and what fruitful learning might occur across the traditions. She will also begin a complementary longer-term personal research project, focussed on how women may be both image of God and image of Christ according to the thought of Augustine of Hippo and Gregory of Nazianzus. 

(24 Jul 2017) » More about this appointment


Dr Anna Rowlands announced as the St Hilda Associate Professor of Catholic Social Thought and Practice

We are delighted to announce Dr Anna Rowlands as the St Hilda Associate Professor of Catholic Social Thought and Practice.

Dr Rowlands’ appointment in the University’s Department of Theology and Religion will take effect in September 2017.

(4 Jul 2017) » More about this new appointment


Theology and Religion at Durham ranked 3rd in the Guardian University Guide League Tables 2018

Students graduating this year from the Dept. of Theology and Religion will have an advantage. The 2018 Guardian University Guide League Tables has ranked Durham’s Dept. of Theology and Religion 3rd in the UK. According to the same table, the Dept. of Theology and Religion was ranked 2nd in terms of employability with 90% of graduates finding graduate-level jobs, or further study within six months of graduation. To view the tables, please follow the link:

(19 May 2017) » More about Theology and Religion at Durham ranked 3rd in the Guardian University Guide League Tables 2018


Call for Papers: Suffering, Diminishment and the Christian Life

Conference: January 8-10, 2018 at Ushaw College, Durham, UK

Is love intrinsically linked to suffering? Are suffering, diminishment and loss on some fundamental level good? This is the direction in which recent theological emphases on vulnerability and kenosis might seem to point. In this conference we will seek to bring the question of the status and meaning of suffering in Christian life and Christian theology into focus, and to reflect on it from the perspectives of biblical, historical, pastoral, political and systematic theology.

Send abstracts of between 200-300 words for 20-minute papers to Rachel Davies at rachelannemariedavies@gmail.com by June 15, 2017.

(25 Apr 2017) » More about this call for papers


Theology and Religion at Durham ranked 3rd in the world

Theology and Religion at Durham University has been ranked 3rd in the world by the 2017 QS World University Subject Rankings which are based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact. It is the first year that QS has included rankings in this subject area.

(24 Apr 2017) » More about Theology and Religion at Durham ranked 3rd in the world


Refugee Hosts project: First newsletter now available

The four year AHRC-ESRC funded Refugee Hosts project (2016-2020), which is investigating local community experiences of and responses to conflict induced displacement from Syria: views from Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, is delighted to announce the release of our first newsletter. You can read and download the newsletter on the project's website

(23 Apr 2017) » More about this project


Publication of 'Death, Life and Laughter: Essays on Religion in Honour of Douglas Davies', edited by Mathew Guest and Martha Middlemiss-Le Mon

We are delighted to announce the publication of a festschrift for our colleague Professor Douglas Davies, to celebrate and engage with his immense contribution to scholarship in the study of religion.

(9 Apr 2017) » More about Publication of 'Death, Life and Laughter: Essays on Religion in Honour of Douglas Davies', edited by Mathew Guest and Martha Middlemiss-Le Mon


Durham University to develop new international residential research library at Ushaw College

A new international residential research library, the only one of its kind in the UK, is to be developed at Ushaw College, in a £2 million project led by Durham University.

It is intended that leading researchers from around the world will visit Ushaw to study and work with its outstanding collections, along with those of Durham Cathedral and the University’s Palace Green Library, enhancing the thriving scholarly community that already exists in and around Durham City.

Further information

(3 Feb 2017)


History of Catholicism Alive at Durham University

To fully understand the English Catholic martyrs, they must be re-contextualized in the era in which they lived.

This was the message of Professor Michael Questier speaking at Ushaw College on Catholic martyrdom in late Elizabethan England. In his lecture, which was part of the Ushaw lectures series organised by Durham University’s Centre for Catholic Studies in the Department of Theology and Religion, Professor Questier suggested that portraying the martyrs in a white-washed way separated them from the nation’s history of which they are very much a part.

(23 May 2016) » More about History of Catholicism Alive at Durham University


Paschal Mercy and the Power of Belief

Rachel Davies, a PhD student at the Centre for Catholic Studies, has had an article published in the Tablet.

The mercy of God and the rising and dying of Christ are two of the central mysteries of the Christian faith. Rachel Davies explores how one mystery might illuminate the other.

The article can be found here. (Please note that, to access the full article, you might be asked to register with the Tablet website. This is free of charge.)

(23 May 2016)


The Sepulchrine Research Associate

Hannah Thomas

The Department of Theology and Religion, in partnership with the Canonesses of the Holy Sepulchre, is pleased to announce the award of the newly established Sepulchrine Research Associate—a 21-month Postdoctoral Fellowship in Early Modern English Catholicism (1500-1800) to Hannah Thomas, archivist and PhD candidate at Swansea University.

(29 Sep 2014) » More about The Sepulchrine Research Associate


St Hilda Chair in Catholic Social Thought and Practice: Dr Mark Hayes confirmed as inaugural appointee

Dr Mark Hayes

The Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University, within which the Centre for Catholic Studies (CCS) is situated, and Durham University Business School are delighted to announce the concurrent appointment of Dr Mark Hayes as the inaugural holder of the St Hilda Chair in Catholic Social Thought and Practice. Dr Hayes’ appointment will begin in September 2014, when he will be installed as a Reader of Durham University.

(24 Jun 2014) » More about St Hilda Chair in Catholic Social Thought and Practice: Dr Mark Hayes confirmed as inaugural appointee