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China Scholarship Council – Trinity College Dublin joint scholarship programme

This Scholarship offers Chinese students a full fee-waiver from Trinity, and a stipend for living costs, airfare and health insurance, provided by the CSC.

This year there are 10 scholarships to award as part of the China Scholarship Council - Trinity College Dublin Joint Scholarship Programme. The competition will be supported by the Global Relations Office.

Later in the academic further information will be provided on the closing date for applications for the programme. To be eligible for the scheme, students should have received an unconditional offer letter for their PhD position at Trinity College Dublin (students must have met the English language requirement prior to application). Candidates must also meet the criteria set out by CSC and the student’s home university.

For more information on the China Scholarship Council - Trinity College Dublin joint scholarship programme please contact China Regional Officer

Chinese and Brazilian Scholarships

There is a limited number of Government of Ireland scholarships available for Chinese and Brazilian citizens to study in Trinity. Please see Trinity Global Relations Office for further details. Please note Trinity's Regional Officer for China is Susan Phillips ( and Trinity's Regional Officer for Brazil is Genevieve Judson-Jourdain (

The David Fragments after Bertolt Brecht

Before the plays that made him famous, the young Bertolt Brecht tried to write David, a biblical play which would have no point, no idea ... and quite possibly no audience. But in the autumn of 1920, he wasn't the only young playwright in Munich obsessed with David, and Bathsheba wasn't the only woman on Brecht's mind. What happens when artists, texts, and histories collide is the story of The David Fragments. See Brecht as you've never seen him before. He's got a big mouth.

Dates: Wednesday 28 June to Saturday 1 July 2017 at 7.30p.m. Matinee 1 July at 3.00p.m. Tickets are on sale here.


John F Larkin QC Lecture - 30 March 2017

School of Religions, Peace Studies and Theology and the Thirty-third Hugh M. Fitzpatrick Lecture in Legal Bibliography invite you to a lecture to be delivered by John F Larkin, QC, Attorney General for Northern Ireland entitled:

The Case of the Clough Meeting House (1836): Law Reporting and Pamphleteering

Venue: Room G16, Irish School of Ecumenics - Loyola Institute Building, Trinity College Dublin

Date and Time: Thursday 30th March 2017 at 6pm

Chair: Professor Neville Cox, Dean of Graduate Studies

Welcome: Professor Fáinche Ryan, Director, The Loyola Institute

Wine reception to follow

Admission is free. Please register in advance to

The case of Dill v Watson (1836) determined which of two parties in Irish Presbyterianism was entitled to the ownership of the Meeting House in Clough, County Down. It was the first Irish battle in a campaign in which litigation was the adjunct of theological controversy, and in the Clough case there is almost a fusion of legal and theological debate. What is striking (and fascinating) about the Clough case is that both parties published reports of the decision. Law reporting was for the parties to the Clough litigation no abstract record of a judicial decision but a further way for historical, legal, political and theological debate to be carried on. The two reports of the Clough case opened a distinct front in a pamphlet campaign that lasted until the Nonconformists Chapels Act 1844. This lecture explores this litigation and its background through the prism of the two partisan reports of the Clough case and examines the significance of these reports for the wider legal and theological controversy.

Seminar: Religion and Education in Antiquity - 14 March 2017

Department of Religions and Theology, Trinity College presents a Seminar: 'Religion and Education in Antiquity' on Tuesday, March 14, 9.30-11.45 in Trinity Long Room Hub.

9.30 Professor Joseph Verheyden, Leuven: 'Were the New Testament Authors Steeped in Homer? Comments on the Hypothesis of Dennis MacDonald'. Response by Professor Daniele Pevarello, TCD.

10.10 Professor Ilinca Tanaseanu-Dobler, Göttingen: 'Libraries, Religion, and Education in Pagan Late Antiquity'

10.45 Coffee

11.00 Professor Damien Janos, TCD: 'Institutions of Education in Islam'

11.20-11.45 Concluding discussion

Entrance is free, all are welcome. Read the seminar flyer here.

Inaugural Seán Freyne Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, 21st March, 2017

The Department of Religions and Theology, Trinity College presents the Inaugural Seán Freyne Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, 21st March, 2017, 6-8 p.m., Regency House, TCD Front Gate.

The lecture 'Weeds and Trees and Galilee: Revisiting Ecological Readings of the Gospel' will be delivered by Professor Elaine Wainwright, Professor Emerita and Head of Theology for 13 years at the University of Auckland. Prof. Wainwright is a New Testament scholar specialising in the Gospel of Matthew and in contemporary approaches to reading biblical texts, especially feminist, postcolonial and ecological.

Following the lecture, Dr. Joan Chittister, OSB, will launch Dr. Gail Grossman Freyne's new book 'The Curious Case of Inequality: A Journey for Justice with Dorothy L. Sayers' published by ATF Press. The lecture, book launch and reception are free and open to all. Read the flyer here.

Reformation Quincentenary 1517-2017 - Theological Symposium, 17th – 18th February 2017

Hosted by Lutheran Church in Ireland, School of Religions, Peace Studies & Theology, School of Histories & Humanities, Department of Physics, Trinity College Dublin. Read the programme here.

M.Litt. and Ph.D. presentations - Thesis-in-Three and Annual Ph.D. Event

During the month of May, the Ph.D. students of the Confederal School of Religions, Peace Studies and Theology were busy sharing their research with the wider academic community in college. Two events were organised: the Thesis-in-Three event hosted by the Trinity Long Room Hub in conjunction with the School of Education (organised by Mary Stefanazzi) and the Confederal School PhD Workshop (organised by Olivia Wilkinson).


The Thesis-in-Three format allows each presenter just three minutes and three slides to present the basic premise of their PhD research. It encourages students to hone in on the clearest and most concise presentation of their work and allows many presenters to introduce their work to each other in a short time period. At the event in the Trinity Long Room Hub on Wednesday 4 May, five presenters from the Confederal School and five presenters from the School of Education gave brief summaries of their research. The presenters from the Confederal School were Mary Stefanazzi on Fr. Victor White and his correspondence with Carl Jung, Katherine Dowds on Sikhs in Ireland, Jennifer Matchain on permaculture as conflict resolution method, Elizabeth Byrne on theological approaches to peace and reconciliation, and Olivia Wilkinson on NGOs and religion in humanitarian crises. The event was much appreciated by all and provided many opportunities to share experience and knowledge across disciplinary boundaries.

Annual Ph.D. Event

The Confederal School Ph.D. Workshop is an annual event organised by students and for students. This year is was held on 25 May at Irish School of Ecumenics - Loyola Institute Building. It provides a space for PhD students to hear feedback from their peers, learn what others in the school are researching, and practice their presentation skills in a familiar environment. This year five presenters gave an overview of their current research. Mary Stefanazzi talked about her reflections on faith, wellbeing and mental health debates as she comes towards the end of her research. Alun Thomas, now at the beginning of his PhD, introduced his work on ancient biblical translations. Katherine Dowds presented the theoretical background to her work on Sikhs in Ireland with particular focus on theories of integration. Paul Hayes explained the theoretical backdrop to his research on the ethics of social media use in emergency management as part of the Slándáil project. Olivia Wilkinson rounded up the workshop by presenting on her findings following research in the Philippines and recent experience translating research into policy. Many thanks go to the staff that helped organise, set up, and attended the event.

Donnellan Lectures 2016 - Department of Religions and Theology

Prof. Herta Nagl-Docekal, em. Prof. of Philosophy, Vienna

March 31, 2016, 5.00pm in Trinity Long Room Hub

'Going the Extra Mile: Could the Philosophical Debate on Supererogatory Deeds Prove Relevant for Theological Ethics?'

April 1, 2016, 2.00pm - 4.00pm in TLRH

'Gender Justice: In What Way Could a Philosophical Perspective be Relevant for a Theological Debate?'


Conference: Cultural and Religious Pluralism in Education - 16 April 2016

A one day conference on the theme 'Cultural and Religious Pluralism in Education' will take place on Saturday 16 April 2016 from 10am - 4pm in G16, Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin.

This event is organised by the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin, Marino Institute of Education and Dublin City Interfaith Forum.

This event will be of interest to teacher educators, teachers, Masters students and education students.

As places are limited please register before 10 April 2016 by contacting Jude Lal Fernando ( or Barbara O'Toole (

Read the conference flyer and the conference schedule.


ISE Postgraduate Open Evening - April 5th 2016 in Dublin

Everyone is welcome to attend and learn more about our Masters in International Peace Studies, Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies, Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation and Post Graduate Diploma in Conflict and Dispute Resolution Studies.

Staff and current students will be available to answer any questions on 5 April 2016 from 4.30pm - 6.30pm in Irish School of Ecumenics/Loyola Institute Building.

Please click here to view our location on google maps, this also allows you to get directions.


ISE Class of 1996 Reunion - 28 June 2016

Members of the ISE Class of 1996 (both Peace Studies and Ecumenics) are planning a 20th reunion dinner in Dublin on Tuesday 28 June 2016. We would be delighted if you could attend.

To express interest or for more information, please contact Rose Foley (M.Phil., Peace Studies) at


Ecology, The Bible and Ethics Conference - 14 March 2016

Department of Religions & Theology

14 March 2016, 9.00am - 1.00pm
Trinity Long Room Hub and Irish School of Ecumenics/Loyola Institute Building

Could the Fourth Gospel be Good News for the Earth?
Margaret Daly-Denton, Department of Religions & Theology, TCD
9.00am Trinity Long Room Hub

Ecological and Social Justice - An Analysis of the Ethical Implications of 'Laudato Si'
Hille Haker, Loyola University Chicago and member of the European Group of Ethics (EGE) at the European Commission
10.00am Trinity Long Room Hub

11.00am Coffee in ISE/LI Building

Creation, Capability and Care for our Common Home
Cathriona Russell, Department of Religions and Theology, TCD
11.30am ISE/LI Building

Feeding the Multitudes: From the Bible to Current Questions of Food Security
Panel discussion with the speakers and Prof. Joseph Verheyden, New Testament Studies, University of Leuven/Belgium; Dr. Tom Arnold, Director, Institute of International and European Affairs, Dublin; Head of Concern 2001 - 2013
12.15pm ISE/LI Building.

Read the event flyer



Loyola Institute Scholarships - One EU and one Non-EU Ph.D. Scholarship

The Loyola Institute invites applications for two PhD Scholarships, to begin in September 2016. The scholarships will each fully cover the university's fees, plus an annual award of 6,500 Euros for maintenance, for a period of three years.

The scholarships are provided by the Loyola Institute Trust, to support the mission of the Loyola Institute in research and teaching in theology in the catholic tradition. They are available to PhD projects supervised by the full-time academic staff of the Loyola Institute at Trinity College:

The application process has two essential components. First, you must submit an application to the Confederal School for a full-time PhD at the Loyola Institute using the central web application system: Second, you must also send a detailed research proposal, cover letter and CV to

The closing date is 1st May 2016. Applications received after this time can be considered for admission to the PhD programme, but cannot be considered for the Loyola Institute PhD Scholarships.


Annual Alumnae / Alumni Event at the Irish School of Ecumenics

As has been the tradition at ISE, we are looking forward to hosting graduating students and their families together with current students, alumnae and alumni and friends.

This year's informal event will take place as follows:

Date: Wednesday 24 June 2015

Time: 5.30 - 7.00 pm

Venue: Irish School of Ecumenics / Loyola Institute building, Trinity College Dublin

We do hope you will be available to join us.

Further information will be made available shortly.


Public Lecture - Regulating Emerging Technologies: A Challenge for Law, A Challenge for Ethics, A Challenge for Everyone

Public Lecture by Roger Brownsword, graduate of the London School of Economics and Professor of Law at King’s College London.

Regulating Emerging Technologies: A Challenge for Law, a Challenge for Ethics, a Challenge for Everyone

Date and time: March 11, 2015 at 6.30p.m.

Venue: Trinity Long Room Hub

For more information click here.


Public Lecture - Ethics of Security and Surveillance Technologies

Public Lecture by Professor Hille Haker, member of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies

Ethics of Security and Surveillance Technologies
Security and freedom: do we need both? And can we enjoy both without the pursuit of one jeopardising the other?

Date and time: Thursday 22 January 2015 at 18.30

Venue: Trinity Long Room Hub, TCD campus

For more information click here.


Launch of Irish School of Ecumenics-Loyola Institute Building

The new Irish School of Ecumenics-Loyola Institute Building at Trinity College Dublin opened on 24  March 2014. The event was hosted by Prof. Linda Hogan, Vice-Provost and CAO.  

The Irish School of Ecumenics and the Loyola Institute, form part of Trinity’s Confederal School of Religions, Peace Studies and Theology, that attracts students nationally and globally from a diverse range of cultural and denominational backgrounds, providing a multicultural learning environment.

On the occasion of opening the new building, Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn, said:

"We live in a multicultural society in which the study and understanding of religions and diverse cultures are important. The work of the Irish School of Ecumenics and the Loyola Institute will enable students to address religious identity, human rights, and peace building among other important issues. Students will learn about dealing with conflict within societies in the context of globalisation and the challenges of intercultural and interreligious dialogue."

Speaking on its importance for Trinity College, its Deputy President Professor Linda Hogan said:

"The opening of this beautifully restored building represents an important milestone for the study of religions and their interrelationships within Trinity. All societies have to reckon with the challenge of religious and cultural pluralism and the Confederal School of Religions, Peace Studies and Theology provides a dynamic and diverse context in which students from around the world address some of the grand political and religious challenges of our day."

Professor Iain Atack and Head of School, Confederal School of Religions, Peace Studies and Theology added:

"This new location provides a wonderful opportunity for the academic departments within the Confederal School of Religions, Peace Studies and Theology to cooperate around shared interests in research and teaching, and to work together in an innovative and interdisciplinary fashion with our colleagues in the wider Trinity College Dublin community."

To view photos of the event click here.


Religion - Ethics - Cultural Engagement

The new Trinity Long Room Hub lecture series of the Confederal School of Religions, Theology and Ecumenics 2013-2014 will take place once a month on Tuesdays, 5-7 p.m., in the Long Room Hub.

Please note the opening event:

October 22, 2013, 5-6.30 p.m.: Professor Dr. Peter Strohschneider, Univ. of Munich and Head of the German Research Council, "The Place of Theology at the University - The Position Paper of the German Wissenschaftsrat"

7-8.30 p.m.: Panel discussion: "Theology in Interdisciplinary Collaborations - Experiences from Different International Settings"

  • Prof. Tom Tobin, Loyola University Chicago, New Testament Studies
  • Prof. Terry Merrigan, University of Leuven, Belgium, Systematic Theology
  • Prof. Peter Strohschneider
  • Chair: Dr Cornelius Casey, Director of the Loyola Institute

November 13, 2013: Prof. Varakhedi, "TBA"

December 3, 2013: Dr. Daniele Pevarello, "Socrates, Moses and Jesus: Men of Few Words. Brevity in Early Christianity in Its Ancient Mediterranean Context".


Upcoming conference:

Ethics and Sport


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On Saturday October 19th at 10.00 a.m. the Department of Religions and Theology is having an interdisciplinary Conference on Ethics and Sport in the Trinity Longroom Hub.

The programme includes:

Reflection: Jack Gleeson (Religions & Theology student in Trinity College and star of Game of Thrones)

Opening Address: Pat Gilroy (former All-Ireland winning player and manager)

Sponsorship of Sport by Drink companies: Professor Joe Barry (TCD)

Games without Frontiers: Alan Kerins (Galway football and hurling star and charity worker)

Why I Fell out of Love with Cycling: Anthony Moran, former Honorary Vice-President Cycling Ireland Board

'Remembering Nevin': Emma Spence and Irish rugby legend Ollie Campbell

Fair Play Hall of Fames: the first inductee will be the late Nevin Spence

Women in sport: Dr Katie Liston (Sporting heroine and academic)

Panel discussion

  • PJ Cunningham (sports editor and publisher),
  • John O'Mahony (twice All-Ireland winning manager),
  • Hugo MacNeill (Irish rugby legend).
  • Chair: Dr John Scally (TCD)

Closing Address: Olympic icon Ronnie Delany.

For further information and registration contact John Scally:


For news and events for the three units of the Confederal School, click on the links below:

Department of Religions and Theology (
Irish School of Ecumenics (
Loyola Institute

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Last updated 27 March 2018 (Email).