Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies
Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies

You are invited to participate in the Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies 

After careful consideration, we decided to postpone our March 26-27 meeting following the development of  COVID-19.  We understand the disappointment this will cause, but we have taken this precautionary step given the uncertainty associated with the spread of the coronavirus around the world.

We will apply registrations to future meetings. You will have a priority presentation slot at our 28 – 29 July meeting at Harris Manchester College, or the 7- 9 December meeting at St Anne’s College or at our March 2021 meeting at the Queen’s College to be held from the 22nd - 26th (exact dates to be determined).


Important dates:

SPRING Session 26 –27 March 2020 at The Queen's College, Oxford University
Abstract submission  – 8 March 
Early registration – 20 January
Regular registration – 10 March
SUMMER Session 28 – 29 July 2020 at Maevadi Hall, Harris Manchester College, Oxford University
Abstract submission  – 3 July 
Early registration – 4 May
Regular registration – 6 July
FALL Session 7, 8 & 9 December 2020 at St Anne's College, Oxford University
Abstract submission  – 16 November 
Early registration – 24 August
Regular registration – 20 November

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

Canon Brian Mountford MBE Symposium Fascilitator


The 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 at the University of Oxford, will host the 2020 sessions.


You are invited to make a presentation and lead a discussion on an 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,  26 and 27 March 2020 at The Queen's College, Oxford University


28 & 29 July at Harris Manchester College, Oxford University


7, 8 & 9 December at St Anne's College, 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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