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Durham University

Centre for Catholic Studies


Call for Papers: Catholicism, Literature, and the Arts, 1850 to the Present

(24 October 2016)

Proposals for short papers of 20 minutes are invited for an international conference on Catholicism, literature, and the arts, organised by the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University and Ushaw College, taking place on 5-7 July 2017.

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.

The conference is supported by the Centre for Poetry and Poetics and the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture at Durham University. It will bring together leading scholars such as Terry Eagleton, Ann Wroe, Paul Lakeland, and Eamon Duffy 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’.

A key feature of the conference will be the use of interviews, discussion groups, and workshops, as well as lectures and seminars.

Please send expressions of interest, along with a brief proposal (up to 250 words), to Stephen Regan (, Ludmilla Jordanova (, and Stefano Cracolici ( 

The closing date for proposals has been extended to 16 December 2016.