Past Conferences


The third annual DGCT considered the theme “Encounter” — the unexpected, often tensive, and sometimes redemptive coming together of different persons and possibilities.  Dr. Reggie Williams, Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics at McCormick Theological Seminary and author of Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus: Harlem Renaissance Theology and an Ethic of Resistance, delivered the keynote lecture.


The 2014 DGCT, held on October 3-4, was titled “Do Not Be Silent at My Tears” (Ps 39:12) and explored theological perspectives on suffering. The conference featured thirteen speakers in four panels moderated by Dr. J. Kameron Carter, Dr. Mary McClintock Fulkerson, Dr. Paul Griffiths, and Dr. Eboni Marshall Turman. We were privileged to have Dr. M. Shawn Copeland deliver the keynote address, ‘Following the Tears of a Crucified World: A Theological Reflection on Social Suffering, Solidarity, and the Cross’.


The first annual Duke Graduate Conference in Theology was held October 4-5, 2013, at Duke University. The 2013 DGCT examined the topic “Tradition and Traditions.” In particular, it analyzed the renewed interest in tradition and its impact on nearly all fields of theology. In so doing, it raised critical questions pertaining to the relationship of “tradition” to issues of power, scriptural interpretation, and the multiplicities of histories and voices that either are not named as traditions or fall on the margins of the dominant tradition. The conference proved to be a fruitful time of discussion and exchange, made even more so by the presence of keynote speaker, Charles Mathewes, the Carolyn M. Barbour Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia.

Revised versions of several of the papers presented at the 2013 DGCT are being released in a special issue of The Other Journal. They can be accessed here as they are released: