2019 Conference, "Compassion and Theodicy"
Mathematical Institute, Oxford, and Eynsham Hall
Thursday 18th July 6:00PM (BST) - Saturday 20th July 5:30PM (BST)
2019 Ian Ramsey Centre Summer Conference
Mathematical Institute and Eynsham Hall, Oxford, 19-20 July 2019
Compassion and theodicy do not usually mix. Theodicy is generally a dispassionate activity, conducted through abstract philosophical arguments and “just-so” stories of suffering. Compassion is the realm of the pastor, the health care professional, and the friend, typically outside the discourse of the academy. Exploring these two areas of human thought and experience in tandem, however, offers powerful new possibilities to both: compassion enriched by scholarship, and theodicy shaped by compassion. This conference will seek to build new paths at the intersection of theory and flourishing, with presentations providing perspectives on suffering from theological, philosophical, medical, and pastoral perspectives.
The keynote speakers will include Alister McGrath, at a public lecture Thursday 18 July in the evening. On Friday 19 July, Joshua Hordern, Bethany Sollereder, and Eleonore Stump will speak, together with a small number of short papers, at the Mathematical Institute. Christopher Southgate will speak at the dinner on Friday evening at Eynsham Hall. The remaining 27 short papers will be presented in three parallel sessions at Eynsham Hall on Saturday 20 July.
The conference will be held at the Mathematical Institute in Oxford and at Eynsham Hall, an 18th century stately home nestled in the English countryside a few miles northwest of Oxford. A coach will be available to take participants to Eynsham Hall on Friday evening, returning on Saturday evening.
Theology and Science is planning to publish a special edition with a selection of papers from the event.
Cost and registration:
The cost is £60 for each day of the event, which includes lunch on Saturday. The dinner on Friday evening, at which Christopher Southgate will speak, costs £25.
Registration is open via the Oxford University online store
Accommodation with breakfast is available at Eynsham Hall on Friday night, but needs to be booked and paid separately; call: +44(0)1993 885200 (ext. 1 for rooms).
IMPORTANT NOTICE 23 MAY: Please phone Eynsham Hall to book your room reservation, and tell them you are with the Ian Ramsey Centre Conference. Rooms have been reserved for the conference participants but are not showing as being available on the website’s online booking form.