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Membership is by invitation only from the Chair of the Symposium on behalf of the planning group. Members may suggest new members who meet the below criteria.  

Membership of the Symposium is open to:

  • women researchers engaged in some form of qualitative research into the faith lives of women and girls;
  • those working at master's, doctoral and post-doctoral level;
  • scholars who are research active, i.e., participants must be engaged in some form of current and ongoing research;
  • women scholars working in the UK and Ireland in the first instance, and visiting scholars from abroad.

Whilst men may not be full members of the Symposium, men working in the field may be invited to attend on an occasional basis and to hold supporting membership.

Membership of the Symposium requires commitment on the part of each participant to:

  • attend the symposium on a regular basis;
  • offer a paper at least once every 3 years; 
  • offer a workshop session on an occasional basis;
  • assist in chairing sessions as requested or required.

Symposium Funding:

Recognising the modest incomes of many members of the Symposium, we currently do not operate a system of subscription. Each meeting of the Symposium is self-funding, and costs are kept to a minimum.  We do not wish anyone to be prevented from attendance by financial considerations, and may offer a small discount to those in genuine financial need.

Engagements with Faith:

From its origin, Symposium membership has been drawn largely from Christian or post Christian traditions, including members who would not espouse Christian faith but who tend to be most familiar with that tradition.  Recently, we have been joined by Muslim and Jewish women researchers, and we are seeking positively to extend the faith engagements represented in our membership.

Members of the Planning Group are:

  • Professor Nicola Slee (Chair) is Director of Research at the Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education and Professor of Feminist Practical Theology at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. She is also Visiting Professor at the University of Chester.  She has wide-ranging interests in feminist practical theology, and has published extensively in the areas of women’s faith development, feminist research methodology, feminist liturgy and spirituality, the use of poetry within feminist practical theology and other topics. She is currently working on a collection of essays on feminist practical theology and co-writing a book on feminist liturgy. 
  • Dr Dawn Llewellyn is Senior Lecturer in Christian Studies and Deputy Director of the Institute for Gender Studies at the University of Chester. Her work is grounded in qualitative approaches and examines gender and contemporary Christianity. She has published on women’s religious reading practices and literary cultures; the relationship between secular and religious feminisms; feminist generations; third and fourth wave feminisms; and feminist research methodologies.  Her current project investigates Christian women’s ‘choices’ toward motherhood and elective childlessness, and the ways this shapes their faith identities.
  • Revd Dr Anne Phillips was Co-Principal of Northern Baptist College, affiliated to the University of Manchester. Her main teaching specialisms at undergraduate and postgraduate level were in the areas of: Christian education and faith development with a particular focus on women and girls; gender based abuse and violence; pastoral care within these contexts; feminist biblical engagement and theology. She has undertaken qualitative research into the faith lives of girls, and published in that field. Her current research is into imagery inclusive of all women and girls as they relate to the divine, combining this in active retirement with work as a parish priest, spiritual accompanist and retreat leader.
  • Revd Dr Kim Wasey is Anglican Chaplain at the University of Salford and Associate Priest at St Chrysostom’s, Manchester. She is committed to theological reflective practice, having worked as a learning mentor for curates and as an associate tutor at Luther King House in Manchester, teaching on the University of Manchester validated MA in Practical Theology. She researches young women and the Eucharist and is exploring the potential of social media platforms for enabling feminist qualitative research.


If you are interested in being part of the Symposium, please contact Nicola Slee (