Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies
Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies

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

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Important dates:

Virtual session 23 & 24 March 2021

Abstract submission  – 15 March

 Early registration – 19 February 

Regular registration – 17 March

To accommodate time zones, we will start our symposium each day at 1:30 p.m. Oxford time. The virtual meeting platform is “zoom meetings.” We are finalizing the schedule and will send it to participants by 20 March.

Abstract / Poster Submissions and Registration is now open. 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 March 2021 session. 


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. We will also host poster sessions. 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

Virtual session 

23 and 24 March

Late July — Exact dates (tbd)

Hybrid meeting

Early December — Exact dates (tbd)

Hybrid meeting

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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