Durham Conference September 2019

St John's College
The Durham Conference is the annual conference for the E&E network bringing together scholars working on ethnographic approaches to ecclesiology.


September 17, 2019


September 19, 2019


St John's College, 3 South Bailey, Durham, UK   View map

Ecclesiology and Ethnography Conference 2019

This is the annual conference for the network bringing together scholars working on ethnographic approaches to theology and the study of religion. It is is a wide ranging conference, and part of the joy is discovering a diversity of specialisms and learning. Past papers have included ethnography, anthropology, systematic theology, ecclesiology, practical theology and social science approaches. Attendees range from senior scholars to local ministers and this is an excellent place to present as a post graduate or early career researcher, or as a pastor/scholar in ministry. Learning is generously shared and critiques are supportive. We encourage single and multi-authored papers.

If you are interested in proposing a paper, please click here to find more information and a proposal form.

The Conference is run in association with The Department of Theology and Religion and St John’s College, Durham University and is based in St John’s College, in the centre of historic Durham. Our meals and accommodation will also be within the college. A limited number of en-suite rooms are available, allocated on a first come, first served basis.  Extra nights’ accommodation is available by booking directly with the College at s.l.hobson@durham.ac.uk.   St John’s College is about a fifteen minute walk from Durham Rail Station. From Newcastle airport you can ride the Metro to Newcastle Central Station, where you can find frequent trains to Durham. Otherwise, you can book a car with Airport Express to take you from the airport directly to St John’s College.

The Durham Conference is particularly friendly which is helped by the conversations in the college bar, and folk music night on the Wednesday.  Bring your instruments and join in!

This year we have changed our prices to create a subsidised rate for students, those in ministry and those from the global south to encourage more diversity and a greater range of conversation. We look forward to meeting you.


Book conference here


Conference Organising Group

Prof. Pete Ward, Durham University, NLA University College, Bergen and MF The Norwegian School of Theology;  Rev Dr Christian Scharen, Vice President of Applied Research and the Center for the Study of Theological Education, Auburn Seminary; Dr Knut Tveitereid, NLA University College, Bergen; Avril Baigent, PhD student, Durham University; Jasper Bosman, Junior Researcher in Practical Theology, Theological University Kampen.

Conference Advisory Group

Prof. Paul Fiddes, Oxford University, Prof. John Swinton, University of Aberdeen, Dr Tone Kaufman, MF The Norwegian School of Theology