Dr Elizabeth (Liz) Carmichael

Dr Elizabeth Carmichael

Research Interests:

My research interests are in practical theology and Christian spirituality. My first career was in medicine, working for a year on the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada and then for seven years, 1975-81, in Soweto, South Africa. After a second BA and D.Phil in Theology, I worked in spirituality, theological education, peacebuilding and community development in the Diocese of Johannesburg 1991-96. I was Chaplain, Fellow and Tutor in Theology at St John's College, 1996-2011, teaching New Testament (Gospels), systematic theology, ethics, and spirituality. In 2004 I published Friendship: Interpreting Christian Love, a history of the interpretation of 'agape' as friendship-love in the western Christian tradition. I have regularly given conference papers on topics relating to friendship, peace making and spirituality. I became an Emeritus Research Fellow at St John’s in October 2011.  

I am currently researching a book on the origins and operation of the South African National Peace Accord and the work of its peace committee structures in the transition period 1991-94.

I convene the Oxford Network of Peace Studies (OxPeace), a multidisciplinary initiative to promote the study of peace, peacemaking, peacebuilding and peacekeeping in the University. http://cis.politics.ox.ac.uk/research/Projects/oxpeace.asp  

I have a parallel research interest in a spirituality topic: the life and work of the Anglican priest and spiritual director Reginald Somerset Ward (1881-1962), on which a book should emerge. I am Director of the St Theosevia Centre for Christian Spirituality. http://www.theosevia.org/  

General Interests:

Travel, current affairs, world development and peacemaking, skiing, commissioning new music.

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