Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies
Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies

Invitation to participate in the Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies (2018 & 2019)


Session Dates

Next Session – December 2018

The 5, 6 & 7 December Session will be held at the University Church, Oxford.

March 2019

Our 1st session in 2019 will be held from the 19th to the 21st of March at Queens College, Oxford. 

31 July – 2 August 2019

Green Templeton College

The deadline for abstract submissions for the December Session is 10 November2018

Abstract Submission and Registration is now open for ALL 2018 and the 1st session of 2019 Symposia. Abstracts are reviewed on a rolling basis and notifications sent within ten days of submission. 

The 5, 6 & 7 December Session will be held at the University Church, Oxford. Our 1st session in 2019 will be held for the 19th to the 21st of March at Queens College. 

Canon Brian Mountford MBE Symposium Fascilitator


The upcoming 15th 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.


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).

Steps to take

1.  Consult research topic list Suggested Research Topics

2.  Consult guidelines for presentations Presentations

3.  Submit abstract Abstract Submissions

4.  Register before deadline - Registration

5.  Make travel and Accommodation arrangements

6.  Present paper at Symposium

7.  Revise paper for according to publication guidelines Publications

8.  Submit final draft of paper by email for peer review Publications

9.  Revise and resubmit if necessary after peer review Email Correspondence

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