Fri 15 March (half-day from 12:30 pm) and Sat 16 March (all day) 2019
New College, Holywell Street, Oxford
Conveners: Rebekah Vince (French Studies, Warwick University )
What does it mean to be a follower of Christ in the world of academia and within the humanities in particular? How is our scholarship and creativity inspired by our faith in the Creator God? What are the implications of faith in Christ for assurance in our identity, motivation in our studies, and freedom as a scholar? How can we respond with intellectual humility to the challenges of academic life? Join us as we grapple with these questions, encourage one another in prayer, and share experiences of how our faith impacts our academic life as researchers, lecturers, colleagues, and writers.
Please note eligibility criteria: This event is for University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes postgraduates, postdocs, and academic staff, or by request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday 15th March
12:30 p.m. Registration begins at New College in the North Undercroft
1:00 p.m. Lunch in the Hall
2:00 pm Trust in God and verify your references: Christian life and work in the academy - Teresa Morgan (Classics, Oriel College)
3:30 pm Coffee & tea
4:00 pm Panel-led discussion featuring featuring Christian Sahner (Oriental Studies, St. Cross College) and other contributors, tbc.
This is an opportunity to hear a range of graduate students and scholars further along in their careers in conversation about their experiences and insights as Christians in the academy. Please come with questions!
The following events are held jointly with all streams at New College.
5:30 pm Prayer in the Chapel
6:00 pm Drinks at the Bar
6:45 pm Dinner in the Hall
Saturday 16th March
9:00 am Registration begins at New College in the North Undercroft with coffee & tea
9:15 am Prayer at New College Chapel
9:45 am The freedom of a Christian historian - Sam Brewitt-Taylor (History, Lincoln College)
11:15 am Coffee & tea
11:30 am Group discussion of reading:
Please read the book’s introduction, or at least the poems listed below, in preparation for a rousing and enriching discussion. The introduction will be distributed by email to those who register.
De Magistro (opening page)
Tractatus (for Aidan Higgens) (p. 6)
The Incarnate One - Edwin Muir (p. 11)
Nosce Tipsum - Sir John Davies (p. 12)
Mythopoeia - Tolkein (p. 13)
The Rain Stick - Seamus Heaney (p. 17)
Prayer (I) - George Herbert (pp. 21-22)
1:00 pm Lunch at New College
2:00 pm Bede’s Sparrow and the Emperor of Constantinople - Siân Grønlie (English, St Anne’s College)
3:30 pm Coffee & tea
4:00 pm Sharing of poetry and prose selections
For our closing session, we invite each participant to bring a work that has been a source of inspiration in your development as a Christian scholar. What has encouraged you -- or challenged and convicted you -- and what might challenge and encourage other followers of Christ in the academy? Be it visual (a painting) or audible (music) or textual, be it poetry or prose, fiction or non-fiction, a quote or a story, a personal note or Scripture, we look forward to this final opportunity to build one another up as we conclude our conference.
5:30 pm Closing