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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Event Archive

This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

Some of our public events are recorded and are available as podcasts via our Research English At Durham blog.

Catholicism, Literature, and the Arts, 1850 to the Present

Hatfield College, St Chad’s College, and Ushaw College

This international conference will explore Catholicism, literature and the arts, including the question of whether there is a distinctive tradition of ‘Catholic literature’.

Registration is now open for this conference, which will take place on 5-7 July 2017 in Durham, UK.

This conference is organised by the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University and Ushaw College and is supported by the Centre for Poetry and Poetics and the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture at Durham University, with co-sponsoring assistance from The Tablet, The Pastoral Review and the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain.

The conference will bring together leading scholars to address key questions in the study of Catholic art and writing, including the question of whether there is a distinctive tradition of ‘Catholic literature’. Among the main topics and themes of the conference are Catholic memoir and autobiography; Catholic fiction and poetry; Catholic readership; journalism; publishers and archives; and the visual arts. The conference will include film, music, and the visual arts, as well as literature. It will also draw on works of art and literature closely associated with Ushaw College.

Featured speakers include:

  • Prof. Eamon Duffy
  • Prof. Terry Eagleton
  • Prof. Paul Lakeland
  • Anna Lawson
  • Dr Melanie McDonagh
  • HE Daniel Mulhall
  • Paul Anthony Murray

The conference will also include short-paper sessions on topics such as:

  • Spiritual autobiography
  • Sacred objects
  • Catholic poetry from Hopkins to Heaney
  • James Joyce and the Irish novel
  • Nineteenth-century religious painting and sculpture
  • Catholic book history and publishing

For more information, a full programme, and registration details please see the Centre for Catholic Studies.

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