Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies
Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies

Invitation to participate in the Oxford Symposia on Religious Studies 

Important dates:

FALL Session 2–4 December at Somerville College, Oxford University
Abstract submission  – 15 November 
Early registration – 16 September
Regular registration – 17 November
SPRING Session 26 –27 March 2020 at The Queens College, Oxford University
Abstract submission  – 8 March 
Early registration – 15 December
Regular registration – 10 March

Abstract Submission and Registration is open for the Fall 2019 session and the Spring 2020 session of the Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies. Abstracts and Presentation Proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis and notifications sent within ten days of submission. 

Canon Brian Mountford MBE Symposium Fascilitator


The upcoming 17th International Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies is a forum for discourse and presentation of papers by scholars who have a particular interest in the study of religion. Canon Brian Mountford MBE, former Vicar of St Mary's Church and Fellow of St Hilda's College in the University of Oxford, will host the meeting.


You are invited to make a presentation and lead a discussion of a relevant aspect of religious studies, or you may wish to participate as a panel member or as an observer. Your disquisition must adhere to an abstract of about 300 words approved by the Programme Committee of the Symposium. You are also encouraged to submit a paper, in keeping with your abstract, which may be published in an appropriate journal or book of conference proceedings. All papers presented for publication or inclusion in books or sponsored journals will be subject to peer review by external readers.

Session Dates

Next Session -2, 3 & 4 December at Somerville College

Oxford University

26 and 27 March 2020 at the Queen's College

Oxford University

Last week of July 2020 To be anounced

Oxford University 

Emma Percy - December 2017 Keynote Speaker


Keynote speaker is Dr Emma Percy, a member of the Faculty of Theology and also Chaplain and Welfare Dean of Trinity College. She has been active in WATCH (Women and the Church) for several years and is currently serving as Chair. Dr Percy was educated at Cambridge and Durham universities and was one of the first generation of women priests in the Church of England, ordained in the spring of 1994. She has served in chaplaincy and parish ministry for over 25 years. Before moving to Oxford she was Vicar of Holy Trinity, Millhouses, Sheffield. Her research interests include feminist theology, the theology of mothering and the theology of Anglican ministry. Her two most recent books are Mothering as a Metaphor for Ministry (Routledge, 2014) and What Clergy Do: Especially When It Looks Like Nothing (SPCK, 2014).

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