Fourth Annual New College Postgraduate Colloquium

The one-day event for postgraduate students in the School of Divinity will be held 9am-5pm Thursday 2 May 2019, Martin Hall.

The Colloquium offers a chance for postgraduate students to present their research in a relaxed and positive environment. Each student will speak about their research for approximately 10 minutes, followed by questions and constructive feedback from their peers. 

Masters students and first-year PhD students are encouraged to participate, providing a diverse mix of topics from all of the School’s disciplines. The Colloquium offers a valuable opportunity to prepare for Dissertation work and Review Boards.


9–9.30am: Coffee/Tea

9.30am: Welcome and Introductory Remarks

9.45–10.45am: Panel 1—Religion after Conquest

  • Veronica Vandervliet: The Ideal Ruler of Isaiah 9
  • Samuel Nwokoro: Theology and Christian-Muslim relations in Umayyad Damascus: A Study of the Relationship of the Caliphs and the Mansur-Kins in the Light of Melkite Christian Theology under the Abbasids
  • Nuampi Hatzaw: A Zomi Feminist Critique of Asian Feminist Theology: Towards a Theology for Zomi Women in Chin State, Myanmar

10.45–11am: Break

11am–12noon: Panel 2—Reassessing the Past

  • Natalie Smith: Place-Making in Late Antique Jerusalem, Historical and Theological Perspectives, and the Case of Sion
  • Caleb Kobosh: Odd Bedfellows; the Doctrine of the Fall and Motivations for Human Progress. A case for understanding Sir Francis Bacon within the context of English movements of further reformation
  • Victoria Turner: Exploring Ecumenism Ecumenically: A study of how the breadth of representation at the Edinburgh 2010 Centennial World Missionary Conference influenced its understanding of ecumenism

12noon–1pm: Lunch

1–2pm: Panel 3—The Beginning and End of Life

  • James Thieke: “Change and Become Like Little Children”: Engaging Developmental Psychology and the Theology of Alexander Schmemann on Children’s Epistemological Abilities
  • Hirokazu Kobayashi: The meaning of death and sickness in Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Creation
  • Alex Muir: Paul and Seneca as Consolers: Comparing Methods for Handling Grief

2-2.15pm: Break

14.15–15.15pm: Panel 4—Ways of Understanding

  • Esgrid Sikahall: Aesthetics and Experience: The Play of our Souls
  • Jane Meng: A study on Jia Yuming's Spirituality
  • Marko Jesske: How do people listen to sermons? A critical overview over 5 empirical studies conducted in the last 20 years

15.15–15.30pm: Break

15.30–16.30pm: Staff Panel: “What I Wish I Knew When I Entered Academia” featuring:

  • Prof Brian Stanley
  • Prof Susan Hardman Moore
  • Dr Sarah Lane Ritchie
  • Dr Matthew Novenson

16.30: Closing Remarks 


For any further enquiries, clarifications, or requests for more information, please contact James Thieke.