Thursday, 12 March 2020

Επιστημονική φαντασία και Θεολογία

Η πρώτη Ημέρα Διαλόγου για το 2020 στο Ινστιτούτο Ορθόδοξων Χριστιανικών Σπουδών του Κέϊμπριτζ, The Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies (, will take place on Friday, 20 March from 6.30 to 9 pm, in the Dining Room (top floor) of Wesley House, Cambridge (CB5 8BJ). The theme of the day is ‘Intersections between science-fiction and theology’. All are welcome to attend.

The dates of our other forthcoming Conversation Days of 2020 on the theme of Faith and Film are: 24 April, 29 May and 19 June.

The two featured speakers in conversation on 20 March and their respective talks will be: Prof. Rowland Wymer – ‘Science Fiction and Religion’ and Dr Razvan Porumb – ‘Being human – theological insights in Blade Runner‘.

The programme of the day is:

6.30 pm – 7.30 pm: Rowland Wymer’s presentation, followed by Razvan Porumb’s response and Q&A

7.30 pm – 8 pm: Refreshments

8 pm – 9 pm: Razvan Porumb’s presentation, followed by Rowland Wymer’s response and Q&A

Rowland Wymer is an Emeritus Professor of English at Anglia Ruskin University. He did both his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Oxford. Before joining Anglia Ruskin in 2004, he worked for many years at the University of Hull, including a period as Head of English. At Anglia Ruskin, Rowland was the Head of English and Media for several years, in addition to being a Professor of English and a member of the Reinventing the Renaissance Research Centre. His research interests are: English Renaissance drama, science fiction, film, and religion and literature.

Razvan Porumb is Vice-Principal and Lecturer at IOCS. He has taken his doctorate through the Cambridge Theological Federation and Anglia Ruskin University on the topic of ‘Orthodoxy and Ecumenism’. His book on this theme has been recently published by Peter Lang. Besides ecumenism, his research interests include: practical and pastoral theology, Christian spirituality, theology and literature.

To make a booking please email the Institute at, or call us on 01223 760958. The speakers believe it may be beneficial for the participants if they are familiar with the films: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Solaris, Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049.

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