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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.

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International Conference: Catholicism, Literature, and the Arts, 1850 to the Present

5-7 July 2017, Durham, UK

Registration is now open.

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Call for Papers: Suffering, Diminishment and the Christian Life

Conference: 8-10 January 2018 at Ushaw College, Durham, UK

Is love intrinsically linked to suffering? Are suffering, diminishment and loss on some fundamental level good? This is the direction in which recent theological emphases on vulnerability and kenosis might seem to point. In this conference we will seek to bring the question of the status and meaning of suffering in Christian life and Christian theology into focus, and to reflect on it from the perspectives of biblical, historical, pastoral, political and systematic theology.

Send abstracts of between 200-300 words for 20-minute papers to Rachel Davies at by 15 June 2017.

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Bishop Dunn

Bishop Dunn Memorial Lecture 2016-2017

'Bearing Scars and Forging Hope: The Church's Flawed Expertise in Humanity' by Dr Ethna Regan (Dublin City University)

Thursday 22 June at Ushaw College: 6pm lecture followed by a cheese and wine reception

Lecture: £4 (concessions available); reception: £8

Advance booking essential: please book here.

This lecture is held in memory of Bishop Kevin Dunn, the 12th Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle.

Postgraduate Study Day in Catholic Theology and Catholic Studies

Friday 2 June 2017 at Durham University

The CCS Postgraduate Study Day is a chance for postgraduates working in any aspect of contemporary Catholic theology and/or Catholic studies to meet and share their research in a collegial environment.

For further information, or to book a place at the day, please see the event's booking page. The deadline for booking a place at the day is 9 May 2017.

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