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Religion and the Disciplines Seminar Series

Religious Studies Forum

Institute of Theology

Queen’s University Belfast


This seminar series aims to cultivate conversations between a range of academic disciplines and religious and theological inquiry. While recognizing the importance of the study of religion, the series seeks to move in a different direction by taking seriously religious thought for carrying out conceptual and empirical work in other disciplinary contexts. In other words, rather than treating religion as merely the object of disciplinary inquiry, the seminars will explore such issues as the use of religious or theological categories for understanding a range of natural or social phenomenon. The series will also tackle the methodological and epistemological challenges raised by this critical dialogue.


“Theology and History”

Brad Gregory

(Dorothy Griffin Professor of Early Modern European History, University of Notre Dame)

Monday, 19 June 2017, 4.30pm

Teaching Room 6, Graduate School


“Theology and Anthropology”

Joel Robbins

(Sigrid Rausing Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge)

Thursday, 26 October 2017, 4.15pm

Senate Room


“Theology and Sociology”

John Brewer

(Professor of Post-Conflict Studies, Queen’s University Belfast)

Thursday, 23 November 2017, 4.15pm

Senate Room


“Theology and Neuroscience”

Irene Tracey

(Nuffield Professor of Anaesthetic Science and Director of the Oxford Centre for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain, University of Oxford)

Thursday, 1 March, 2018, 4.15pm

Senate Room


 “Theology and Law”

Christopher McCrudden

(Professor of Human Rights and Equality Law, Queen’s University Belfast &

 William W Cook Global Law Professor, University of Michigan Law School)

Thursday, 26 April 2018, 4.15pm

Senate Room