Within practical theology there has been a long history of engagement with social research methods to produce reflection upon ecclesial and social issues. However, assumptions concerning how these tools can be used are now being radically challenged. Furthermore, constructive theology is increasingly looking to ethnography, life-narratives and the study of everyday life to resource theological thinking. New possibilities for engagement between theology and social research are emerging - enhanced by the turn to spiritual and artistic resources within contemporary research methodologies.
This free, one day Emmanuel College Continuing Education workshop for theological scholars will:
· Map the shifting landscape of social research
· Introduce arts-based research methods
· Explore social research as spiritual practice
· Consider how life narratives are being used within theological reflection
· Assess the potential of theological research through creative practice.
The workshop will be led by Heather Walton, Professor of Theology and Creative Practice and Director of Literature, Theology and the Arts at the University of Glasgow, who will use a variety of methods including lectures, reflections, small group discussion and writing exercises to explore these themes. It is hoped that this event will be participatory, engaging and reflective.
Lunch not included.
Space is limited and advance registration required.