Sunday, October 17, 2010

Interface Conference 2011 Call For Papers

I know it’s not strictly Bible but it’s by stealth that us bible nerds take over the world!

I’m helping to organise a conference entitled “Interface: Being a Young Theologian in the World” and we’ve just launched our Call for Papers:

Thanks to Amanda Dillon for the design.

And all our formal info!

About the Conference

St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Ireland, is hosting the second Interface: Being a Young Theologian in the World conference on 4th and 5th March 2011. The conference is aimed at young theologians and has two objectives – to explore the role of the young theologian and to explore the role of theology in contemporary society.

The Conference is the "brain-child" of a group of postgraduate students and recent alumni of the college . We thought that a forum specifically aimed at people who had an interest in theology to see how their studies may impact on the world around them would be both interesting and valuable. At the moment in Ireland there is no formal setting for this.

Some FAQs

What exactly is a "Young Theologian"?
We would be loathe to allocate any age group to a definition of what "young" might be! If you feel you are "young" in terms of your age or your experience with theology then you are more than welcome to propose a paper or a poster! There is no minimum or maximum age-think "neophyte"!

What else is going on at the Conference?

The Conference begins on Friday 4th March with registration at 18:30 and the keynote paper at 19:30. Our keynote speaker is Prof Janet Soskice, Professor of Philosophical Theology at Jesus College, Cambridge.

Jayme Reaves, a postgrduate student from Trinity College, Dublin will be the respondent.

Saturday 5th March has been scheduled for paper sessions, lasting from 09:30-18:00. The poster sessions will run throughout the conference.

Do you have a schedule yet?

As we have not scheduled the paper sessions we have not finalised the internal timings of the conference. Registration will begin at 18:30 on the 4th March with the Conference beginning at 19:30. The conference will end at 18:00 on March 5th.

How much does the conference cost?

Registration for the entire conference is €20, €10 for students and FREE for students of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. This covers coffee breaks and a reception on Friday night.

We will be opening registration in early February 2011 and all participants will need to register.

Can you tell me more about St Patrick’s College, Maynooth?

Our college website or ask in a comment below!
How do I get to Maynooth?

Details on our location

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Please send us an email if you need any specific information on your journey.

Do you have any information on Accommodation?

The Campus Conference Office offers excellent value accommodation on campus in rooms about 2 minutes walk from the Conference venue. Please contact the office by email  or by phone 00 353 1 708 6400

I’m not sure what a “Poster” entails?

The idea for the poster sessions was inspired by their success in the Society of Biblical Literature meetings that some of the organizers have attended. Posters emphasise dialogue and provide an effective vehicle for exchanging information and ideas with other scholars and for making some of the latest research available to a wider audience. For those students who might be too nervous to give a full paper or may only be at a stage in their work of proposing ideas, a poster gives a valuable opportunity to dialogue with other students and academics in a more relaxed environment.

Check out how last year's conference went and find us on Facebook for lots more info


  1. I am from Ghana and would love to also apply.
    I am James Awuni
    +233 548441501

  2. Hi James! Thanks for your comment-if you'd like to give a paper you need to email us at with a title of your paper and abstract (details above) along with some info about yourself (info above). If you want to come along just for the conference you're more than welcome-there's no need to pre-register, you can just turn up on the night. Do let me know if you need more info.


  3. Hi Maire!

    My name is Kevin and I would really like to know more about the conference. Are people allowed to set up stalls for advertisement? If so is it too late to sign up? Could you please reply to my question at .
    Thank you! God bless!