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Women got the heart
Monday 02 July 2018 - 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

“Women got the heart”: Pain, Energy and Cash Transfers in Kenya South Coast

Upcoming at MBIT is an exciting one off seminar on issues of women's health and social interconnection, given by Jacinta Victoria S. Muinde.  All are welcome to join us at 11am, 2nd July, at Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology.

The paper considers the ways women experienced, expressed and performed household obligations through their narratives, descriptions and metaphors of ill health. I show how this was  intertwined with the complex ways women conceived a government-funded social assistance programme (the cash transfer for orphans and vulnerable children) as a medium for energy production and for overcoming different forms of pain to articulate their sense of survival. I suggest that women’s discourses of bodily ills captured in the language of energy and pain reveal how women negotiated and enacted matrilineal ideologies of obligations, and as a way of surviving challenges created by patriarchal pressures, socio-cultural factors such as HIV/AIDS and economic change in Kenya South Coast.

Jacinta Victoria S. Muinde is a Commonwealth Scholar and a PhD student at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge. Her research explores the lives of woman household heads in face of socio-economic constraints and historical social, religious and state patriarchal pressures in a matrilineal and Islamic context in the Kenya South Coast.

To register, please contact Amy: ald36@cam.ac.uk


Wednesday 07 November 2018 -

WEDNESDAYS: 7, 14 and 21 November 2018

A three-day interactive and interdisciplinary course, designed to explore the themes of spirituality, religion and ethics in the prison system. Topics studied will include: the ‘human person’, ‘faith and beliefs’, ‘values, goods and the common good’, ‘human rights’, ‘justice and care’, ‘exclusion and healing’ as well ‘moral imagination and character of the prison service professional’.

The course aims to offer the prison service staff (chaplains, in particular) and anyone interested in current debates around religion, personal development, violence, punishment, healing and restoration some resources for a better understanding of these issues.

Lecturers will include: Dr Amy Daughton (Theologian at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology), Dr Anna Abram (Ethicist at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology), Dr Ruth Armstrong (Senior Research Associate, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge), Dr Ryan Williams (Affiliate Research Associate, Prison Research Centre, University of Cambridge), Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ (Senior Lecturer in Theology and Spirituality, Heythrop College, University of London) and Tonie Askin (Prison Chaplain).

Each day will start at 9.30 am (coffee and registration; lecturers will begin at 10 am and will end at 4.00 pm. Teas, coffees as well as sandwich lunch will be provided.

Attendance Certificates will be issued at the end of the course.

Fee: £200

Bursaries are available - please contact Dr Anna Abram, Principal aa2008@cam.ac.uk  to find out whether you are eligible.

To register or find out more about the course, please email the Institute’s Administrator, Ela Wolbek (ew263@cam.ac.uk).

Registration Deadline: 10 October 2018. Places are limited so register early to avoid disappointment.

Venue: The Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology,
12 Grange Road, Cambridge CB3 9DU

Living Theology Weekend POSTPONED till 18/19 May 2019
Saturday 18 May 2019 -

We cordially invite you to join the Living Theology Weekend at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology in collaboration with the Jesuits in Britain on Saturday 18 May 2019 and Sunday 19 May 2019.

We have put together an exciting set of lectures and speakers in the hope that the course will offer you an opportunity to engage with old questions in a new and creative way.

Dr Nicholas Austin SJ will lead two plenary sessions on the question of a discerning Church. Dr Susan O’Brien will explore the role of women in the Jesus movement and the early Church. Fr Mike Smith SJ will consider the question of science and religion in the thought of Teilhard de Chardin. Dr Anna Abram and Dr Ela Lazarewicz-Wyrzykowska will turn to art in exploring questions of salvation (Anna) and social message of the Bible (Ela).

Together with you, we will attempt to make theology truly alive.

We look forward to seeing you in Cambridge! Mike Smith SJ and Anna Abram (Organisers)