Postgraduate Conference: How Shall the Next Generation Live?

I just got an email for the next Postgraduate Conference related to the Society of the Study of Theology. This year it is at University of Cambridge and the topic is “How Shall the Next Generation Live? Theology as Responsibility.” Here are the details I received in the email:

Dietrich Bonhoeffer stated: “The ultimate question for a responsible person to ask is … how the coming generation is to live.” His concern broached the need to take responsibility for others and part of that responsibility was in leaving a legacy of sound doctrine. Taking Bonhoeffer’s concern as our framework, the second SST Postgraduate Conference invites postgraduates from all traditions and none to discuss how current theology can/should serve future generations.

The conference will take place in the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Divinity, between the hours of 12–5 p.m. on Monday 3 December and 9–6 p.m. on Tuesday 4 December. Participants will be welcomed by Prof. Judith Lieu, and plenary sessions will be given by Prof. Graham Ward, Prof. George Newlands, Dr Susannah Ticciati, Revd Dr Stephen Plant and Revd Dr Gregory Seach.

The conference is sponsored by SST and the Cambridge Faculty of Divinity, and is free of charge. We regret, however, that we cannot provide accommodation or an evening meal. To register, please send your name, contact information and details of your university/institution to registersstpostgrad2012[at] by 31 OCTOBER.


Paper abstracts are to be 250 WORDS and related to the conference theme. We particularly welcome papers which make reference to doctrine. THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS 15TH OCTOBER, AND APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE SENT TO sstpostgrad2012[at]

Applicants will be contacted by the end of the month. Papers will be allotted 20 minutes for delivery with 5-10 minutes for questions.

Possible topics include (but are not restricted to):
1. How academic theology should serve the next generation
2. The contribution theology can or should make to society
3. Theology and its interaction with politics/economics/culture
4. The role of theology in contemporary ethical discourse
5. The place of scripture in twenty-first century theology
6. The function of Christian doctrine in twenty-first century theology
7. Spiritual practice informing twenty-first century theology
8. ‘Prayer and righteous action’
9. Theological reflection and praxis

Although some bursaries towards travel expenditure are available, we encourage postgraduates to apply to their institutions for financial support where this is available. Those wishing to apply for a bursary should indicate this when submitting an abstract, giving details of their expenditure and need. Decisions on bursaries will be made by the end of October.

Please note that this conference is intended for postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Established academics are warmly welcome to participate in the Society’s main annual conference, which will be publicised in December.

A poster to display on your noticeboard is available at

Please share this information with postgraduates in your institution. For news and accommodation information, check the ‘SST 2012 Graduate Conference’ Facebook group. We hope to see you in December!

Nicki Wilkes and Ruth Jackson
PhD Candidates at the University of Cambridge
Conference Organisers


About Jordan P. Barrett

PhD, Systematic Theology, Wheaton College
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2 Responses to Postgraduate Conference: How Shall the Next Generation Live?

  1. Matt Frost says:

    Malformed URL in the link — find the poster here

  2. Jordan Barrett says:

    Matt, thanks for the correction. I updated the link above as well

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