Cookies

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue.

Institute of Advanced Study

Humanity and the Divine Seminar Series

A vibrant programme of five seminars hosted by the Durham Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies will bring speakers from within and beyond the University to explore the way humanity has approached, visualized and interacted with the divine in the Medieval and Renaissance Periods. These seminars will address a range of themes and questions, focusing on ‘Humankind and Divinity', ‘Making Sense of Man: Mind, Body, Emotion and Control', and ‘Humanity as Divine'. Papers will address the question of the divine within the human, the gap between human and divine, and attempts to transcend this; the metaphysical world of sense, sound, emotion and imagination, and the ways this can provide a bridge between worlds. The relationships between secular and religious power will be explored too focusing on divinity and divine knowledge as tools in the establishment of secular authority. Finally, this series will examine the limits of the human in relation to notions of the hellish and the demonic. 

These seminars are free and open to all

For more information and confirmation of speakers see the CMRS website
or contact Dr Sarah Semple
27 January 2009, 5.30 pm in Seminar Room 1, Department of History
Keynote Speaker: Professor Nils Holger Peterson (Centre for the Study of the Cultural Heritage of Medieval Rituals, Copenhagen)
3 February 2009, 5.30 pm in Seminar Room 1, Department of History
Professor Miri Rubin (History, Queen Mary, University of London)
Miraculous martyr? The trouble with William of Norwich
17 February 2009, 5.30 pm in Seminar Room 1, Department of History
Professor Neil Price (Dept of Archaeology, University of Aberdeen)
24 February 2009, 5.30 pm in Seminar Room 1, Department of History
Dr. Jane Hawkes (Art History, York)
2 March 2009, 5.30pm in Seminar Room 1, Department of History
Professor Dr Sonja Fielitz (Dean of Faculty, Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Philipps-Universität Marburg)
Shakespeare and Catholicism: The Jesuits as Cultural Mediators in Early Modern Continental Europe
3 March 2009, 5.30pm in Seminar Room 1, Department of History
Professor Tom McLeish (Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Durham University)
9 March 2009 - this seminar has now been cancelled
Dr. Giles Gasper (Department of History, Durham) & Dr Krastu Banev (Department of Theology, Durham)
Meditations on the Divine in the medieval Latin and Greek theological traditions
10 March 2009, 5.30pm in Seminar Room 1, Department of History
Professor Jens Peter Schjødt (Department of the History of Religion, University of Aarhus)