You are invited to our mid-year commencement lecture on Church Responses to Violence Against Women by Prof David Tombs on Monday 9 July from 6:00pm.
Join us as we commence the second semester of the year with a commencement lecture on this timely and disturbing topic.
David’s current research focusses on religion, violence, and peacebuilding, and especially on Christian responses to gender-based violence and sexual abuse. He will outline his work with the Episcopal Development Agency in New Zealand on responses to violence against women.
David will assist us toward further constructive church responses to it in Australia, in conversation with St Mark’s Review issue 243 ‘When women speak: domestic violence in Australian churches’.
David Tombs is the Howard Paterson Chair of Theology and Public Issues at the University of Otago, Aotearoa New Zealand, and a Research Fellow at the Faculty of Theology, University of Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa. He has a longstanding interest in contextual and liberation theologies and is the author of Latin American Liberation Theologies (Brill, 2002).
His current research focusses on religion, violence, and peacebuilding, and especially on Christian responses to gender-based violence, sexual abuse, and torture. He is originally from the United Kingdom and previously lectured in theology at the University of Roehampton in London (1992-2001), and then on a conflict resolution and reconciliation programme in Belfast, Northern Ireland, for the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin (2001-2014). He has degrees in theology from Oxford (BA/MA, 1987), Union Theological Seminary New York (STM, 1988), and London (PhD 2004), and in philosophy (MA London, 1993).