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Centre for Catholic Studies

Centre for Catholic Studies

Founded in 2008, the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University represents a creative partnership between academy and church: a centre within the pluralist, public academy for critically constructive Catholic studies of the highest academic standing.

In the 2017-2018 academic year the Centre for Catholic Studies is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Explore this website and/or view the Centre for Catholic Studies prospectus to find out more about the Centre's work.

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Registration and Call for Papers Open for the Centre for Catholic Studies 10th Anniversary Celebratory Conference:

Catholic Theology in the Public Academy: Searching the Questions, Sounding the Depths

18-20 Apr 2018


  • Academic Colloquium featuring James Alison, Paul D. Murray, Anna Rowlands, Karen Kilby, Alana Harris, Elizabeth Johnson, Paul Lakeland, Gavin D’Costa, Gerard Loughlin, Nicholas M. Healy, Janet Soskice, and Myriam Wijlens
  • Celebratory Dinners in the Durham Castle’s Great Hall and St Chad’s College
  • Anniversary Mass of Thanksgiving in Durham Cathedral
  • Anniversary Public Lecture by Baroness Nuala O'Loan on Catholicism and Public Life
  • Parallel Paper Sessions for postgraduate students, early career scholars and established academics.

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The English College at Douai

Registration Open for the 450th Anniversary Conference for the Founding of the English College at Douai

450 Years Pioneering Catholic Education: Past, Present, Future

30 April - 1 May 2018 at Ushaw College, Durham, UK

Conference webpage

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