School of Divinity

World Christianity

Tuesdays from 4:10pm to 5:30pm in Althaus-Reid Room (Unless otherwise noted)

For enquiries, please contact Dr Alexander Chow:

Semester 2 (January - March 2018)

16 Jan

Dr Eric Morier-Genoud (Queen’s University Belfast), ‘Finite Humanitarianism? Missionary H-P Junod and the ICRC in Kenya, 1957–59’

23 Jan

Ms Manoela Carpenedo (University of Cambridge), ‘The rise of “Judaising Evangelicalism” in Brazil: Piety and Moral Torment among “Judaising Evangelical” Women’

30 Jan Ms Pan Zhiyuan (University of Cambridge), ‘Belgian Catholic Works for Chinese Students in Europe (1920s–30s)’
6 Feb

Dr Emma Wild Wood (University of Edinburgh), ‘Where does the wisdom of the white man come in? The Interpretations, Problems and Possibilities of Missionary Sources in the History of Christianity in Africa’

** In the Martin Hall; co-sponsored by the History of Christianity seminar **

13 Feb

Mr Malcolm Billings, ‘P. V. Vartan: Missionary and Medical Pioneer in the Nineteenth-Century Middle East’

20 Feb No seminar – Flexible Learning Week
27 Feb

Mrs Allie Douglas (University of Edinburgh), ‘The Need to Re-arrange our Thinking: The Origins and Development of Cultural Diversity in SIM’

6 Mar

Dr Alexander Chow (University of Edinburgh), Mr Edmond Tang (University of Birmingham), and Dr James Eglinton (University of Edinburgh), Book Launch: Chinese Public Theology: Generational Shifts and Confucian Imagination in Chinese Christianity

** In the Martin Hall; co-sponsored by the Centre for Theology and Public Issues **

13 Mar Rev. Dr David Goodhew (Durham University), ‘Growth and Decline in Worldwide Anglicanism, 1980 to the Present’
20 Mar No seminar – Gunning Lecture
27 Mar

Dr Kazue Mino, ‘Towards the Development of Contextualising Theology: Taiwanese Christians’ and Campbell Moody’s Reflections on Christian Mission in the Colonial Context of the 1920s – 1930s’

** Followed by informal social **

Semester 1 (September - December 2017)

16 Sep


Alexander Duff Lecture: Prof. Kwok Pui-lan, Candler School of Theology (Emory University) Women, Mission, and World Christianity ** Part of a two-day event held on the 15th in the Althaus-Reid Room and the 16th in the Martin Hall **


19 Sep


Welcome session. Meeting in the Althaus-Reid Room, followed by the Rainy Hall.


26 Sep


Prof. Andrew F. Walls, University of Edinburgh Comparative Religion, Missions and Colonial Policy on Islam in Africa. Meeting will be held in the Martin Hall.


3 Oct


Dr Sitna Quiroz-Uria, University of Durham: Be transformed by the renewing of your mind: Personhood and interiority among Pentecostals of the Assemblies of God in Benin Republic


10 Oct


St Thomas Unity Lecture: Prof. Daniel Jeyaraj, Liverpool Hope University. Christian Presence and Witness in Contemporary India: Challenges and Opportunities Meeting in the Martin Hall; co-sponsors: Fellowship of St Thomas and Friends of the Church in India.


17 Oct


Dr Fiona McCallum, University of St Andrews. Middle Eastern Christian Diasporic Humanitarian and Political Activism in the UK.

Co-sponsor: Global Network for Christian-Muslim Studies.


24 Oct


No Seminar – Croall Lectures


31 Oct


Dr Sabine Dedenbach-Salazar Saenz, University of Stirling. The Huarochirí Quechua Traditions: Indigenous Peruvian Myths and their Colonial Reinterpretation.


7 Nov


Dr Retief Muller, Stellenbosch University: Negotiating (with) the Other: Afrikaners, Scots, and the formation of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (Nkhoma Synod)


14 Nov


No seminar.


21 Nov


Dr Niki Alsford, University of Central Lancashire: ‘Behold, These Shall Come From Far’: The Presbyterian Church of England (PCE) and the Formosan Collections at the British Museum.


28 Nov 


Prof. Brian Stanley, University of Edinburgh: Did Scottish Missionaries Have a Distinctive Theological Perspective?