Sophia is a new initiative that seeks to create a supportive environment for female post-graduate students and staff within Divinity and Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen. The Greek word ‘sophia’ (σοφία), as well as the Hebrew equivalence ‘hochma’ (חכמה), means Wisdom and is often personified as a feminine figure. We chose the name ‘Sophia’ for our initiative in order to represent the collective ‘wisdom’ that can be provided by the DRS Women’s network when female scholars come together to share ideas and experiences.
Both the academy and the Church need qualified women leaders and role models. In light of the historical and present underrepresentation of women in theology and biblical studies particularly, this forum aims to encourage women in the Divinity and Religious Studies Department in their personal and career development, in order that female students who wish to pursue an academic career after the completion of their studies are equipped to do so.
We meet monthly on select Fridays between 10:00-11:30 am; see details below for the locations.
Our aims are:
- To create an informal meeting place for women in DRS to share experiences and to offer mutual support.
- To offer career advice to female students who aim for a job in the academe.
- To increase the visibility of female role models by inviting senior females in the profession to give tailored advice.
- To organize panel debates that address gender-related topics in both the academe and in the Church.
- To offer an informal and supportive forum for students and early career researchers to present research ideas and to receive constructive feedback.
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- Upcoming Events
We’re delighted to bring you details of our upcoming Sophia (DRS Women’s Network) sessions for this term. As with last term, all of our meetings will be held on MS Teams. You can search for “Sophia (DRS Women’s Network)” in MS Teams, or drop us an email if you’d like to be added to the Teams space. Note that details below include local Aberdeen time, but distance students are warmly encouraged to join us too!
Open Event - This will be a panel on feminist research with Dr Eilidh Galbraith, Iona Curtius (PhD Student) and Dr Katie Cross. All are welcome to join this session which will be held on Tuesday 21st November at 4pm on MS Teams.
- Past Events