Dr Ryan Williams

South Asian Immigration and Religious Diversity, 1975 to present (HDR Progress Review) - Prabuddha Mukherjee

22 September 2022 1:00pm
"The existing literature on South Asian religions in Queensland highlights significant gaps in understanding the unique patterns of adaptation and role of religious institutions in society, as it collapses in locating South Asians as a single entity with various religious, cultural and, ethnic disparities, and neglects the study of other South Asian religions while discussing one. As a part of the Queensland Atlas of Religion (QAR) project, this study tries to locate South Asian religions in Brisbane and bring forth a unique story of religions, taking into account the lived experiences of the existing diaspora and its institutions.”

A Liturgical Hermeneutic of Scripture

24 February 2022 2:00pm
Milestone Presentation by Clare Schwantes

Surveillance Capitalism, Platform Capitalism or Data Capitalism

22 February 2022 12:30pm
Oliver Lane-Porter Confirmation milestone

Great Goddess or Model Devotee? A Study of Rādhā in the Purāṇas

28 January 2022 2:00pm2:30pm
HPI Student Milestone, Lotte Scheel

CANCELLED Studies in Religion 2020 Seminar Series: ‘Blackness’ found, ‘Whiteness’ lost, and ‘Muslimness’ hidden?

27 March 2020 2:00pm3:30pm
POSTPONED until further notice
‘Blackness’ found, ‘Whiteness’ lost, and ‘Muslimness’ hidden? Searching for an authentic Muslim self amidst racialization
Presented by Dr Ryan Williams
Heart and cross

Rereading Scripture and Healing Trauma

22 November 2019 3:00pm4:00pm
Cecily Jensen-Clayton
This presentation puts forward the potential of scripture in tracing two ways the same biblical narrative shaped a woman’s experiences during her life. The presentation describes the initial reading as shaping her experience of oppression as a young woman, while describing later in her life a re-reading of the same biblical narrative enacted the healing of her trauma that came from the initial surface reading.

Celebrating the Liturgy on “National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday” in the Australian Catholic Church

22 November 2019 2:00pm3:00pm
John Fitz-Herbert
On the first Sunday of July every year, Australian Roman Catholic parishes commemorate National Aboriginal and TSI Sunday. This paper explores issues pertaining to this celebration especially: (ii) the norms of liturgical inculturation for the celebration of Roman Catholic liturgy since 1963; (ii) the recently established special celebration on this Sunday; (iii) pope John Paul II’s address in Blatherskite Park, Alice Springs, 1986, to indigenous Australian peoples; (iv) an evaluation of a selection of specially produced liturgical resources for parishes to celebrate this Sunday; and (v) final questions and possibilities for future celebrations.

Ordinary Theology and Film: An investigation Drawing on Unconventional Depictions of God in Western Cinema

20 November 2019 2:00pm2:30pm
HDR Confirmation seminar in Studies in Religion. All are welcome.

Inter-disciplinary Dialogue between Theology and Philosophy: Buber's Contribution to the Conversation

27 September 2019 3:00pm4:00pm
Interdisciplinary dialogue between Religion and Philosophy in academic contexts is often assumed to be both desirable and achievable. However, Martin Buber’s understanding of dialogue and key elements in his theological stance seriously challenge these assumptions. Presented by Dr Ray Reddicliffe.
Stained glass

A Spirit-Word-Community Hermeneutic for Brueggemann’s “Preaching as Reimagination” Model

27 September 2019 2:00pm3:00pm
A Spirit-Word-Community hermeneutic for preaching is proposed. It provides the foundation for a Spirit-led redescription of the world. It is Word and community that establish the parameters for responsible preaching. Presented by Associate Professor Neil Pembroke.

The Reception of Paul in Athenagoras' Presbeia Peri Christianōn'

23 August 2019 3:00pm4:00pm
In this paper, I will examine the quotations of and allusions to the writings of the Apostle Paul in the second century apologetic text “A Plea for the Christians” (Presbeia Peri Christianōn) by the Athenian apologist Athenagoras. The apologist’s references to the Athenian narrative of Acts 17 will also be considered as a source of Pauline tradition. It will be seen that Athenagoras, independent of his contemporaries, was significantly influenced by Pauline thought. Presented by Dr David Evan.

Jesus and the ‘Egyptian’ Other in Matthew 2

23 August 2019 2:00pm3:00pm
The narration of the flight of the infant Jesus to Egypt—found only in Matthew’s gospel (Matthew 2:13-23)—clearly resembles Old Testament narratives of Moses and of the exodus in both content and design. Misinterpretations of the placement of Hosea 11:1, however, have prevented a clear understanding of Matthew’s purpose for this story. A social-identity hermeneutic will add insight into both the placement of the fulfillment citation and the function of the account. Presented by Dr Linda Stargel.

World Religions Symposium 2019

17 July 2019 9:30am2:00pm
Studies in Religion at UQ is again sponsoring its annual World Religions Symposium for Year 11 Students in 2019.

Islam and the Qur'an

28 February 2019 4:00pm8:00pm
The Studies in Religion Program at the University of
Queensland in collaboration with St Thomas More College
will be hosting a Continuing Professional Development
seminar on Islam and the Qur’an. The seminar is aimed at secondary
school teachers working with the Studies of Religion
secondary school curriculum.

Science-Religion Narratives in the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

14 November 2018 2:00pm2:30pm
Presenter: Mr Oliver Zambon, PhD candidate, Studies in Religion

No-Bodies: On the Imageless image of God

26 October 2018 3:00pm4:00pm
Presented by Janice McRandal

Ritual Apologies and Reconciliation in Australian Society

26 October 2018 2:00pm3:00pm
Presented by John Fitz-Herbert

Education between Tree, Tower, and Temple: How the Knowledge Project (De)Forms Us

24 August 2018 3:00pm4:00pm
Presented by Dave Benson, Malyon College, Brisbane

A Theology of Complexity for Ministerial Formation in Times of Change

24 August 2018 2:00pm3:00pm
Presented by Graham Stanton, Ridley College, Melbourne

World Religions Symposium 2018

18 July 2018 9:30am2:00pm
Studies in Religion at UQ is again sponsoring its annual World Religions Symposium for Year 11 Students in 2018.

Some Sabbath Literary Sources Available to Luke

1 June 2018 3:00pm3:30pm
Anthony Kent PhD thesis review

Educating Leaders for Christian Eco-Mission

25 May 2018 3:00pm4:00pm
Presented by Clive Ayre

The Relational Trinity and the Firm as a Moral Community

16 March 2018 2:00pm3:00pm
Presented by Neil Pembroke
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World Religions Symposium 2017

12 July 2017 9:30am2:00pm
Annual symposium for Year 11 students
Peter Hobson discipleship

The Grammar of Followship

16 June 2017 3:00pm4:00pm
Presenter: Dr Peter Hobson
Lord Shiva statue, yoga; Image via Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain

Theory and Practice of Yoga in the Mahābhārata Epic

26 May 2017 3:00pm3:30pm
Thesis review milestone seminar presented by Chris Gibbons
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Exploring Salvationist dimensions of holiness in the Anthropocene

26 May 2017 2:30pm3:00pm
Thesis review milestone seminar presented by Matthew Seaman
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Measuring miracles in young-earth creationism

19 May 2017 2:00pm2:30pm
Thesis review milestone seminar presented by Joshua Klose
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Exploring the Nexus between Academic Freedom and Ecclesial Expectations

12 May 2017 3:00pm4:00pm
Presented by Dean Smith and Rob Fringer
Michelangelo 'The Creation of Adam' hands; Image via Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain

Imaging Nothing: Kierkegaard and the Imago Dei

7 April 2017 3:00pm4:00pm
Presented by Peter Kline
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Overcoming Division in an Organisation: Dialogue and a Team Confrontation Method

17 March 2017 3:00pm4:00pm
Presented by Associate Professor Neil Pembroke (UQ)
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Church, State, and Global Ecological Health

17 March 2017 2:00pm3:00pm
Presented by Rev. Dr Clive Ayre (UQ)
cover of book 'A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom' by Andrew D. White; Image courtesy of Dr Edward B. Davis

Redefining Conflict: Science, Religion, and the Protestant Tradition

9 March 2017 3:00pm3:30pm
Thesis review milestone seminar presented by James Ungureanu
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The Evangelical Church and Homosexual Practice

21 October 2016 3:00pm4:00pm
Presented by Dr Dean Smith
The Thinker; Image via Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain

Apologetics and the Visual Arts

21 October 2016 2:00pm3:00pm
Presented by Dr Wendi Sergeant
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Governing the Church: Adding Ecclesiology to Economics & Ethics

23 September 2016 3:00pm4:00pm
Presented by Rev. Dr Anita Monro (UQ)
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Cosmopolitan Islam

23 September 2016 2:00pm3:00pm
Presented by Dr Aaron Ghiloni (UQ)
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World Religions Symposium 2016

13 July 2016 9:30am2:00pm
Annual symposium for Year 11 students
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States of Origins: Theology and Evolutionary Biology in Australian Baptist Theological Colleges

13 May 2016 2:00pm2:30pm
Confirmation milestone seminar presented by Timothy Ruben
Bible on altar; Image by Ib Rasmussen (Own work), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Correlational Theology in the Pulpit

29 April 2016 3:00pm4:00pm
Presented by Associate Professor Neil Pembroke (UQ)
John Wesley portrait; Image by John Faber (1695-1756) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Personal and Community Well-being: A Wesleyan Theological Framework for Overcoming Prejudice

29 April 2016 2:00pm3:00pm
Presented by Associate Professor David McEwan (UQ)
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Ecology, War, and the Path of Reconciliation

18 March 2016 2:00pm4:00pm
Presented by Dr Clive Ayre (UQ)