About the ACWR

The Australasian Centre for Wesleyan Research is a diverse and multidisciplinary community of established and emerging scholars united by a desire to foster and promote research and scholarship from a Wesleyan perspective and to connect scholars across disciplines and theological divides. 

Currently the ACWR is a working partnership formed by a number of Wesleyan theological institutions, one denominational partner, and two Uniting Church library collections.

Location

The ACWR is based in Brisbane but has partners and libraries in various locations. The central office and main research collection of the ACWR is hosted on the campus of Nazarene Theological College (a Member Institution of the Sydney College of Divinity and teaching its Awards). This is situated in the suburb of Thornlands in the Redland Shire, a 35 minute drive south-east of the heart of Brisbane in the State of Queensland. Brisbane has a major international airport and there is easy access to the campus by road and rail.

What We Do

  • Highlight the resources of the ACWR and its affiliated research centres.
  • Collect Wesleyan resources and make them available to researchers, including the development of electronic databases and links.
  • Attract and support research students working at accredited higher education providers on subjects related to the Centre’s purpose.
  • Give scholars from accredited institutions the chance to conduct research in areas linked to the Centre’s purpose.
  • Provide a means of linking leading scholars from accredited institutions.
  • Offer study space and a focal point for scholars from accredited institutions who want to take advantage of available resources.
  • Develop, oversee and co-ordinate significant scholarly events to enhance the work of the Centre and disseminate the results of ACWR research.
  • Publish The Journal of Wesleyan Thought, which is the official scholarly journal of the ACWR. It is a peer reviewed journal which publishes the research of Fellows and other related material. The Journal is co-sponsored by Nazarene Theological College (Church of the Nazarene), Kingsley Australia (Wesleyan Methodist), and Eva Burrows College (Salvation Army).
  • The ACWR organises an annual conference featuring a leading international scholar in the field of Wesleyan Studies, as well as papers from the Members and Research Fellows of the Centre.

The current ACWR Executive Committee is: Dean Smith, Glen O'Brien, Caroline Jewkes, Arseny Ermakov, Rob Fringer, Pam Reed, Matthew Seaman, Jemila Isaacs and Stuart Glover.

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conferences and events

The ACWR organises an Annual Conference featuring a leading international scholar in the field of Wesleyan Studies, as well as papers from the Members and Research Fellows of the Centre.

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Who We Are

People and Partnerships

Research Fellows are research degree supervisors from accredited institutions institutions who are active in research pertinent to the interests of the Centre.

Members are persons with a research interest in the work of the centre, this may include post-grad students, teaching staff, independent scholars, and others.

Friends are any persons with interest in the work of the centre who wishes to remain informed about our activities.

Honorary Fellows are retired scholars who have made a significant contribution to Wesleyan scholarship and who maintain an ongoing interest in the work of the ACWR.

Partnerships. The ACWR is a working partnership formed by a number of Wesleyan theological institutions, one denominational partner, and two Uniting Church library collections.

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Research and REsources

The Journal

The Journal of Wesleyan Thought is the official scholarly journal of the ACWR. It is a peer reviewed journal which publishes the research of Fellows, members and other related material.

Open access research

The Open Access Research page provides free online access to a variety of the valuable research undertaken ACWR members and fellows.