Semester 2 Academic Year 2020-2021

All seminars take place on Thursday 11.15-12.45 via Teams.
For registration email Dr Stoddart at


Thursday 28 January 2021
“Pope Francis: Journeys of a Peacemaker”
Professor Mario I. Aguilar (University of St. Andrews)

Thursday 4 February 2021
“Faith in/and Firearms: ‘Ordinary Theology’ and US Christian Gun Owners”
Max Grant (University of St. Andrews)

Thursday 11 February 2021: The Religion and Politics Lecture
“The Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi’s Political Spirituality”
The Religion and Politics Lecture to be delivered by Professor Ramin Jahanbegloo, Vice Dean and Director, Mahatma Gandhi Centre for Peace, Jindal Global Law School, Jindal Global University, India.

Thursday 18 February 2021
“Ecotheology and Anthropocentrism in the Roman Catholic Church”
Keith Wiedersheim (University of St. Andrews)

Thursday 25 February 2021
“Opportunities for Spiritual Renewal amongst the MC Sisters in Kolkata: A Transcontextual Feminist Mariology”
Emilie Krenn-Grosvenor (University of St. Andrews)

Thursday 4 March 2021
“Sri Ramana Maharshi and Sri Aurobindo: New Perspectives on Interfaith Dialogue”
Isaac Portilla (University of St. Andrews)

Thursday 11 March 2021
“The African Postcolonial State and Theology”
Hunter Daggett (University of St. Andrews)

Thursday 18 March 2021
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Marjorie Gourlay (University of St. Andrews)

Thursday 8 April 2021
“The Conversion to Christianity of Somalis in the UK and Sweden”
Matyas Bodi (University of St. Andrews)

Thursday 15 April 2021
Book Launch: The Common Gaze: Surveillance and the Common Good (London: SCM Press, 2021) by Dr Eric Stoddart (University of St. Andrews)

Thursday 22 April 2021
“The Bible as a Sticky Sign: Far-right Bible-Use in Contemporary Europe”
Dr Hannah Strømmen (University of Chichester)



April 2021: Conference “On Liberation Theology” together with Vanderbilt Divinity School and Scholars at the Peripheries. A single-day-conference. Details tba

August 2-6, 2021 Conference: “Theologies from the New Worlds” – Summer School online by Scholars at the Peripheries, the CSRP, and Fundación Milarepa, with main addresses by Jorg Rieger (Vanderbilt), Ramin Jahanbegloo (India, Jindal Global University) and Eve Parker (University of Durham). There will also be a book launch by Sasha Altaf on her book Leaving the Table on the Indian artist Altaf Mohamedi. On Friday 6 August there will be a concert for the New World with compositions by musicians and artists from Mexico, Somaliland, and India. Roundtables and research presentations to be announced. We hope to have two practical sessions on the body, dance, and theology with Ángel Méndez (Mexico) as well as a session on Yoga by Isaac Portilla.

August 15-16 August: The All-India Conference, on the anniversary of the Partition of India several scholars will present their work on “Diversity and Nationalism in India”.

November 2021, COP 26 Conference to coincide with the United Nations meetings in Glasgow (COP 26).