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BIAPT 2017 Student Day Conference

This year's BIAPT Student Day Conference will be held from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 6th May 2017 at Queen's Theological Foundation, Birmingham. Conference fees are 24 or less for BIAPT members.

A flyer for advertising the conference may be downloaded here.

The speaker, Professor John Swinton, will be leading an hour and a half workshop style session during the morning. John is Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care in the School of Divinity, Religious Studies and Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen. He is the author of a number of monographs including Becoming Friends of Time: Disability, Timefullness, and Gentle Discipleship (SCM Press 2016), Dementia: Living in the memories of God (SCM Press 2014), Raging with Compassion: Theological responses to the Problem of Evil (Eerdmans 2006) and Spirituality in Mental Health Care: Rediscovering a 'Forgotten' Dimension (Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2001). He is the Director of Aberdeen University's Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability.

Professor Swinton's session is entitled 'What's love got to do with it? Some practical theological reflections on the use of the social sciences for the purposes of Divine love'. Much discussion has gone on in relation to the how theology and the social sciences should come together without one collapsing into the other. Whilst there are various discussions around method, the real problem is the issue of purpose. Social science makes claims that imply it is simply interested in discovering things in the world. Christian theology occurs within creation and is for the purposes of love. One claims simply to look; the other claims to participate in something beyond itself with a view to participating in the transformation of that which it looks upon. The session will focus on how we might work creatively with this practical theological tension between looking at the world and bearing witness to Divine love within creation when we use qualitative research methods.

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 20th March.

Conference fees

BIAPT members: 24 for waged, 15 for un-waged; non-BIAPT members: 30 for waged, 20 for unwaged. Payment by cheque or BACS transfer (BIAPT members only) at the time of booking. Your BIAPT membership must be renewed for 2017 to enable to you book at BIAPT member rates.


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, Catherine Sexton, 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).

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