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The Centre organises an international annual conference on various themes. This conference is open for scholars, students, and interested public.

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Forthcoming Events

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak this year's conference scheduled for 28 - 30 June 2020 is now postponed to 25-27 June 2021. More details will be available during the academic year 2020-2021.

Previous Events

International conference on "Christians from the Global South in Europe and Diaspora Missions", 5-8 June 2019

This eleventh annual conference of the Centre takes place in cooperation with The Lausanne Movement and Global Diaspora Network. This conference will explore the impact of Christians from the Global South on Christianity in Europe over the last 100 years. It provides an opportunity for African, Asian, Latin American leaders of Christian communities in Europe to gather together for mutual learning and enrichment. The Call for Papers will soon go out and for further details, please contact either Prof. Daniel Jeyaraj (jeyarad@hope.ac.uk) or Dr Harvey Kwiyani (kwiyanh@hope.ac.uk) or Dr Sam George (sgeorge@lausanne.org).

Andrew Walls Centre 2019 Conference Overview

Andrew Walls Centre 2019 Conference Day Schedule

Andrew Walls Centre 2019 Conference Evening Schedule

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Residential Session for the MA in African Christianity, Monday 10th-Friday 14th June 2019

This residential session for MA in African Christianity will cover a 30-credit core module entitled "Key Themes in African Christian Thought and History." Its first half will explore outstanding historical events in the history of African Christianity with a particular focus on Christianity in Egypt and the Maghreb during the first six centuries. Its second half will examine the formation and social impact of African Christian thoughts and theologies on history and modern times.

For further information, please contact Dr Harvey Kwiyani via email kwiyanh@hope.ac.uk.

Diaspora Consultation on 8 December 2018

Christian oikumene has always been multicultural and polycentric. The presence and works of African, Asian, Latin American Christians in contemporary Europe and North America has highlighted the multiculturalism and polycentricity of World Christianity. All European and North American Christians including the Catholics, the Protestants and the Pentecostals face challenges of living, working and worshipping with the Christians from the Global South and materialising the church as the Body of Christ. Especially, children and young adults of the diaspora communities struggle to uphold the Christian faith and practices of their parents and grandparents. Wives and husbands, daughters and sons, women and men of Christian diaspora communities are concerned about role reversals, health of marriages, aging in an ‘strange environment’ and the like. This consultation is open to all, who are interested in the welfare of diaspora communities in general and Christian diaspora communities in particular.

Thirukkural Beyond The Frontiers Of Tamil India: 27th - 29th June 2018

ThIrukkural, composed by Thiruvalluvar, some 2,000 years ago, in classical Tamil, has acquired over the ages the status of scriptural authority as a canon informing the behaviour of Tamils in their day-to-day interpersonal relations all over the world. Every Tamil can recite from memory at least few Kural-couplets appropriate to his/her situation. The Tamils do not dispute the pride of place Thiruvalluvar occupies in their heart and esteem. Despite his humble origins, Thiruvalluvar reigns supreme as the foremost poet and philosopher of the Tamils.

Thiruvalluvar's epigrammatic sayings relate a person's social, political and domestic life and duties. In this regard, it ranks equal to Confucius' Analects or Seneca's Epistulae Morales. ThIruvalluvar drew his insights on human behaviour from the prevailing contexts of his society. Today it represents the collective consciousness of the Tamil at that time and, to a great extent, to our present day. Hence, it still occupies among the didactic literature of the Tamils the most eminent place. It is rightfully hailed as a universal book of wisdom par excellence. It continues to offer ethical precepts for the development of character of all Tamils. Therefore, it transcends claims by a particular religious group (e.g., Jains, Buddhists, Saivites, Vaishnavites, Christians and the like) and promotes peaceful co-existence.

Objectives of the Conference

With a view to studying the Thirukkural from an unbiased international perspective and to promoting rigorous academic research on this sacred opus majeur, we have decided to organize this Second International Conference on Thirukkural with the participation of scholars from all over the world. The first international conference held in Nagarkovil in 2017, and the present international conference to be held in Liverpool in 2018 will form a prelude to the global conference which we are planning to organize in Paris in 2020 with the collaboration of the UNESCO.

This conference is jointly organised by Institute of Asian Studies, Chennai, India.

Download the Thirukkural Conference Programme 2018

Christianity and the Public Sphere in Africa and Asia: 1st -3rd July 2018

Christians are part and parcel of their societies, and many care for the welfare of fellow members of those societies. Christianity, thus, engages with people in their living contexts. Their homes, places of worship, educational institutions, health care centres, and other public organisations offer social space for private and public discussions of diverse matters of interest. Therefore, Christians often critically reflect on and speak about current events, concerns, public policies, and other topics pertaining to their well-being.

The conference will be a space for informed discussions of issues pertaining to African and Asian Christians and their public roles: How did or does Christianity function as salt and light in African or Asian societies? What does it mean to be responsible Christians in Africa or Asia? How did or can Christians in Africa and Asia claim the Lordship of Jesus Christ in their public spaces? How does the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ judge old loyalties and rearrange them in Africa and Asia? What are the characteristics of African or Asian Christians in their respective societies? What are the examples of African or African theologies that engage with the public sphere of their peoples? How do African or Asian Christians in diaspora situations either on their own continents or in, for example, European and American settings address the issues that matter to them and their children?

Andrew Walls Centre 2018 Conference Programme

Postgraduate Summer School: 3rd - 7th of July 2018

This week-long summer school is meant for postgraduate research students who examine any aspect of World Christianity and its related subjects. All postgraduate students under off-site supervision participate in this Summer School from Tuesday to Saturday (3 July to 7 July 2018). During this time, they learn specific research skills; they present certain aspects of their research and receive feedback from experts and peers. Usually, the Andrew Walls Centre hosts a number of guest students who are dealing with different aspects of African and Asian Christianity and these too often participate in the summer school. Interested postgraduate researchers can contact Prof. Daniel Jeyaraj (jeyarad@hope.ac.uk) or Dr Harvey Kwiyani (kwiyanh@hope.ac.uk) for further details.”