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BIAPT 2018 Student Day Conference

BIAPT's next Student Day Conference will be from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 28 April 2018, at Queen's Theological College, Birmingham.

A flyer for advertising the conference may be downloaded here.

Our speaker, Dr ZoŽ Bennett of Anglia Ruskin University, will be leading an hour and a half workshop-style session during the morning. ZoŽ is a member of the International Academy of Practical Theology and her particular research interests are John Ruskin & Practical Theology and Feminist Pastoral & Practical Theology. She is the author of a number of monographs including Using the Bible in practical theology: historical and contemporary perspectives, (Ashgate, 2013) and Introducing Feminist Perspectives on Pastoral Theology, (Sheffield Academic Press 2002).

Dr ZoŽ's input is entitled 'Don't get it right, get it written!'. She will give an overview of the essential elements required for doctoral writing, drawing upon her own experience as an academic tutor and reflecting on the insight offered by John Ruskin when he wrote that '"the greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something, and tell what it saw in a plain way".

Work-in-progress paper presentations

After a cooked lunch at Queen's, there will be groups of 20-minute presentations of work-in-progress papers from delegates, followed by questions and feedback. Any delegates are warmly invited to submit an abstract for consideration. Papers do not have to be polished, or even completed: it is an opportunity to present work to peers in a supportive and constructive environment, with the clear understanding that the majority of the presentations will be in the early stages of formulation. This is a valuable opportunity to have a go at presenting an aspect of your research if you haven't done this before, if you always feel really nervous and just feel you need more practice at presenting, or if you have an area of research that you want to explore but know that your thinking about this is still in the early stages and you feel quite tentative about your material. Equally, abstracts for papers which are more developed are welcomed. Abstracts can either be submitted at the time of booking to attend the conference, or after booking and before a final abstract deadline, which is Thursday 1 March 2018.

After lunch, work-in-progress papers will be presented by delegates. The deadline for submitting abstracts to be considered for presentation is .

Conference fees

The Conference fees will be as follows:
BIAPT members: £24 for waged, £15 for unwaged;
non-BIAPT members: £30 for waged, £20 for unwaged


There may be up to 5 rooms/overnight accommodation available at Queens for a reasonable price. If you require overnight accommodation on 5th May, please contact the BIAPT student representative, Monica McArdle, directly by email.

Queen's Theological College is less than a 10 minute walk from University train station which has a frequent connection to Birmingham New Street, taking about 15 minutes.


The booking form may be downloaded in either of two formats, Microsoft Word (DOC) or Adobe Acrobat Reader (PDF).

Any general queries related to the conference may be sent to Monica McArdle, the BIAPT Student Representative.

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