Visiting Research Scholars
Each year we welcome a small number of academics from other institutions who wish to undertake research in Oxford as Visiting Scholars.
Visiting Research Scholars for 2011-2012
In this year we welcome:
John J. Meany, O.P. Ph.D.
John Meany is a member of the Province of St. Albert the Great, USA. John has just completed eleven years in provincial administration both as Provincial Bursar and as Socius of the Prior Provincial. Many years ago John completed a doctoral program at the University of North Dakota in the area of Freshwater Ecology. During his sabbatical stay at Blackfriars he will be renewing his interest in the ongoing dialogue between Science and Theology.
Prof Dennis Ngien
Professor of Systematic Theology at Tyndale Seminary, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Dr. Dennis Ngien is appointed as 'Research Scholar in Theology' at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford University. An Editor of Paternoster Press, UK, he is the author of six books including The Suffering of God in Luther's Theologia Crucis (Peter Lang, 1995), Apologetic for Filioque in Medieval Theology (Paternoster, 2005), and Gifted Response (Paternoster, 2008). He will participate in academic activities at Blackfriars Hall, where he will be resident at different points of the academic year 2011-12. His research interests are Christology in Charles Spurgeon, and preaching in Aquinas.
Prof Jiang Wei
Prof. Jiang Wei is Head of the Department of Finance, and Director of the Research Institute of Finance in the College of Economics at Shenyang University in China. He will be resident for the whole academic year witht the support of the China Scholarship Council. Prof Jiang Wei's research will centre upon Financial systems' architecture and management Models in transitional economies and emerging market economies.
Prof. Jeffrey F. Keuss
Dr Jeffrey Keuss is Professor of Christian Ministry, Theology, and Culture, and Associate Dean of the School of Theology at Seattle Pacific University, and is also a minister at North Creek Presbyterian Church in Mill Creek. A former doctoral student of Glasgow University, his research interests include Theology and Cultural Hermeneutics, Continental Philosophy and Theology (Paul Ricœur, Jean-Luc Marion, Slavoj Žižek), Narrative Identity Formation in Youth, Gospel of John, Kenosis as Subjectivity, Theology through Contemporary Literature, Film, and Music. His publications include Freedom of the Self: Kenosis, Cultural Identity and Mission at the Crossroads (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2010); (with Lia Sloth) Rachel's Challenge: A Columbine Legacy (Kirkland, WA: PFK Publishing, 2006); and The Sacred and The Profane: Contemporary Issues in Hermeneutics (London: Ashgate Press, 2003). Prof Keuss will be resident in Oxford during Trinity term 2012 when he will be undertaking research towards his forthcoming book Word(s) Made Flesh: Seeing Literature as Theology.
Dr Joel Lonfat
Dr. Joël Lonfat is Junior Research Fellow in Medieval Philosophy at Blackfriars Hall. He has published and worked on the archeology of the notion of analogy, on Giles of Rome's theory of the intellect and on Richard Brinkley's theory of supposition. He is currently investigating the sources of the latin theory of the unicity of the intellect and editing the Summa Logicae of Richard Brinkley.
Dr Mark Ogden
Dr Mark Ogden is Senior Tutor at St John's College, Durham, and the Director of the Centre for Foreign Language Study at the University of Durham. A former research fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge, teaching fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and fomer manager of the Newcastle University Business Language School, he has published a variety of papers on German studies. He will be resident in Oxford during Hilary term 2012 when he will be researching 'Higher Education and Christian Humanism', a topic on which he recently gave a conference paper in Cambridge.
Dr Rubén Peretó Rivas
Dr. Rubén Peretó Rivas is Professor of Medieval Philosophy at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (Argentina) and Researcher of the CONICET. He is the Editor of Scripta Mediaevalia, a Journal on Medieval Studies. While at Blackfriars, Dr. Peretó Rivas will conduct research on aspects of the acedia in Evagrius of Pontus and medieval thinkers like Thomas Aquinas and its relationship with the some contemporary mental disorders, focusing primarily on the ancient and contemporary therapies. Dr. Peretó Rivas will be resident in Oxford during Hilary term, 2012.
Dr Robert Calderisi
Robert Calderisi is a distinguished Consultant and Lecturer on International Development, Africa and Aid. A long career at the World Bank led to him serving from 1997 to 2002 first as External Affairs Manager and Spokesman for Africa and later as Country Director for Central Africa. Between 2007 and 2008 he was a member of Danish Prime Minister’s Commission on Africa. He holds degrees from Montreal, Sussex, Oxford, and the LSE, and undertook post-doctoral studies at the Harvard Business School. Dr Calderisi is the author of 'Faith in Development : Partnership between the World Bank and the Churches of Africa', co-edited with Deryke Belshaw and Chris Sugden (2001), and 'The Trouble with Africa: Why Foreign Aid Isn’t Working' (2006). He is currently researching and writing a book on the impact of the Catholic Church on development in the global south. He will be resident in Oxford and working in the Las Casas Institute at Blackfriars throughout Trinity term 2012.