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World Christianities Senior Seminar overview

World Christianities Senior Seminar

This seminar responds to a recent upsurge of scholarly interest in the study of Christianity as a global phenomenon. It marks the emergence of World Christianities as a dedicated stream of research and study at undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral level in the Faculty of Divinity. Meetings will feature a wide range of interdisciplinary scholars, both from within Cambridge and further afield, focusing on cutting-edge topics and debates in the area of World Christianities, including Christianity and diaspora, transnational religiosity, the history of missionary organisations and issues of language, translation and religious print cultures.

Speakers are invited to share their current research or to engage with a theme selected by the three conveners for its contemporary or historical significance, as well as its potential for stimulating vigorous debate.

The seminar is a collaboration between the Divinity Faculty and the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide. It is co-convened by:

  • Dr Joel Cabrita (University Lecturer in World Christianities, Faculty of Divinity, on study leave)

        Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide


Lent Term 2018 Programme

Meetings will be held in the Faculty of Divinity on Wednesdays at 4.30 pm in the Lightfoot Room.

24 January
'Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity and the Anthropology of Taboo and Prohibition'
Tom Bolyston, University of Edinburgh

7 February
Ethiopian Christianities: the evolution of conflict and dialogue
Ralph Lee, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, and SOAS, London

21 February
Visions of Social Justice in 1 Enoch: Ancient Texts for Contemporary Dialogues
Sofanit T. Abebe, University of Edinburgh

7 March
Ethiopian Asceticism in Three Figures: The Hermit, The Monk and The Bishop
Meron T Gebreananaye, University of Durham