Theology and Qualitative Research

Theology and Qualitative Research: A One-Day Conference for Doctoral Advisers & Students


October 29, 2021


October 29, 2021


8000 Utopia Parkway, Jamaica, NY 11439, USA   View map

Theology and Qualitative Research: A One-Day Conference for Doctoral Advisers & Students

29th October 2021
St John’s University NY/Online

The move towards doctoral research that combines Theology and Qualitative Research has grown significantly in recent years. These kinds of projects are genuinely pushing the envelope of research in a variety of ways and the different choices and decisions that are involved are exciting and creative but also complex. Doctoral work that situates itself as both theology and qualitative research crosses previously understood boundaries between disciplines, methodologies, and epistemologies.

This Day Conference, supported by St John’s University NY, is for doctoral advisors/supervisors, doctoral students and those preparing to start doctoral work. It is designed as a conversation to facilitate our learning in this fast-emerging new field of theology.

Those presenting are all contributors to the forthcoming Wiley Blackwell Companion to Theology and Qualitative Research edited by Pete Ward and Knut Tveitereid.

All presentations will be 15 minutes giving a brief overview of their chapter and reflections on the implication of their work for the wider academy and Church with some thoughts on how their work might feed into the discussion around the design and supervision of doctoral work.

The presentations will be followed by around 45 minutes of discussion on the topic of doctoral work.

The day will be held at St John’s University, Queens Campus, room tba. The day will also be online. Directions, digital links, and access information will be provided to registered participants in the weeks to come.

The day is supported by St John’s University and there is no charge for attending.


To register to attend the conference online or at St John’s please email Sandra Dobbins:

Organising Group

Rachelle Green, Fordham University
Easten Law, OMSC @ Princeton Theological Seminary
Pete Ward, Durham University and 2021 McKeever Chair St John’s University NY

Conference Timetable

All times are NY Eastern Standard Time

9.00 Arrivals
9.20 Welcome from Fr Patrick Flanagan St John’s University

9.30 – 11.00
Chair: Rachelle Green

  • Theology and Qualitative Research: An Uneasy Relationship
    Pete Ward / Durham University, UK /
  • Empirical Research: Theological limits and possibilities
    John Swinton / University of Aberdeen, UK /
  • Reflexivity
    Tone Stangeland Kaufman / MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion & Society, No /

11.30- 1.00
Chair: Pete Ward

Lunch Break (Lunch will be provided)

2.00 – 3.30
Chair: Easten Law

More information

For more information, please visit this webpage: Theology and Qualitative Research: A One-Day Conference