Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam starts Queen’s Chair in Feminist Practical Theology

02/16/2017 | 3:24 PM

On1 March 2017 The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) and the Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education of the UK have started the new Queen’s Chair in Feminist Practical Theology. Nicola Slee, who remains director of Research at Queen’s, is appointed on this chair. The chair’s aim is to promote and strengthen practical theology in the academy and in the churches, responding to urgent societal issues from the perspective of feminism and related discourses.

This Chair is the fruit of the research partnership between the Faculty of Theology and the Queen’s Foundation and a means of further strengthening the partnership.  At a time when the future of European cooperation is contested, this chair is a symbol of both Queen's and VU Amsterdam's commitment to building a positive, inclusive European community of many peoples, faiths, cultures, and perspectives. Professor Slee will work closely with colleagues in the faculty to develop new research opportunities and to attract research students.

VU professor Ruard Ganzevoort, Dean of the Faculty of Theology, explains: “The Queen’s chair shows how much we value the cooperation with the Queen’s Foundation and the quality of their work. Nicola Slee is a key factor to that quality, and an eminent scholar who will contribute her critical and constructive feminist and practical theology to our faculty’s expertise.”

Nicola_SleeNicola Slee: “‘I am proud to be taking up this appointment and look forward to pursuing feminist practical theology in the academy and in the church with energy and commitment.”

Canon Dr David Hewlett, Principal of the Queen’s Foundation, says: “It is highly significant that the distinctive contribution of feminist theology and practical theology have been affirmed and that Professor Slee’s outstanding contribution is recognised, and I am especially pleased that the Queen’s Foundation is named in its title.