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Major international conferences come to Liverpool Hope

theorising conference Friday 1 July 2016

Liverpool Hope University has welcomed more than 500 delegates to four international conferences – hosted by the departments of Theology, Social Work, Care and Justice, Media and Communication and Psychology.

Children and Young People in a Changing World: Action, Agency and Participation (23-24 June 2016) attracted more than 250 academics, social workers and youth and community practitioners to the Hope Park Campus. The multidisciplinary conference aimed to provide an opportunity to disseminate, discuss and explore practices regarding children and young people’s action, agency and participation in responding to social, cultural and economic pressures. Keynote speakers included Mary Jane Kehily (Professor of Gender and Education in the Centre for Childhood and Youth Studies, Open University), Jens Qvortrup (Professor of Sociology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology) and Hasina Ebrahim (Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of South Africa).

Liverpool Hope University researchers delivered papers on topics ranging from the Barriers to Transition for Young People with Down Syndrome to the impact of Coercive Control on children living with domestic violence.

This week the university also welcomed the International Conference on The Bible in African and Asian Christianity for a two day conference. Hosted by the Andrew Walls Centre for the Study of African and Asian Christianity, this year’s conference celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Jerusalem Bible. Monsignor Alexander Jones (1906 - 1970) taught at Christ College, one of the constituent colleges of Liverpool Hope University. In 1966, he published an English version of the Bible and entitled it The Jerusalem Bible. This became an important milestone in the life of the English-reading Catholic Christians around the world. This year the conference begins with a celebration of and reflection on this Jerusalem Bible and explores the role of the Bible in African and Asian forms of Christianity. Father Dom Henry Wansbrough will open the conference with a paper on ‘The Jerusalem Bible, a milestone in Roman Catholic Biblical Studies’. Papers were presented on topics ranging from reading the Bible in Republican and Contemporary China to the use of the Bible and its interpretation in the African independent churches in Africa.

The Media and Communication department welcomed 60 international delegates to the sixth annual Theorising the Popular conference (pictured) hosted by Liverpool Hope’s Popular Culture research group. Its aim is to demonstrate the intellectual originality, depth and breadth of ‘popular’ disciplines, as well as their academic relationship with and within ‘traditional’ subjects. The group breaks down disciplinary barriers and challenges academic hierarchies. 

Between July 1st -6th Liverpool Hope’s Psychology department is also set to welcome more than 200 delegates to the SIG Writing International Conference and Research School 2016. The conference will welcome writing researchers from across the world to share their ideas, and will be preceded by a two-day research school using Liverpool Hope’s new Health Science facilities. The keynote speaker is Lucile Chanquoy, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, John R. Hayes Award for Excellence in Writing Research.



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