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CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT -BRIDGES AND BOUNDARIES: THE ROLE OF THE VIRGIN MARY IN FAITH AND CULTURE

Updated: Sep 26, 2019


We are delighted to announce that we are joining with the Institute of Theology at St Mary’s University to hold a conference on the Virgin Mary. Please find below the Call for Papers.


The conference will take place from 9th – 11th July 2020 at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London, TW1 4SX



CALL FOR PAPERS


The Virgin Mary is a link between the three Abrahamic faiths as a Jewish mother whose son Jesus is worshipped by Christians and revered by Muslims; and a sacred female symbol who has inspired diverse works of culture (both religious and secular) across the centuries.


The conference organisers invite presentations (30 minutes in length) that:


i) explore the significance of the Virgin Mary as a connection between different faith traditions;


ii) examine the manifold ways in which the Marian image traverses boundaries and motivates theologians, philosophers, historians, anthropologists, sociologists, artists, architects, musicians, writers and filmmakers who might be strange bedfellows in another context.


Confirmed speakers include Rev. Johann Roten, S.M. (The International Marian Research Institute, University of Dayton, US); Professor Salvador Ryan (St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Ireland); Dr Teresa Witcombe (University of Exeter); Dr Eileen Rubery (London School of Mosaics); Dr Mary Frances McKenna (Independent Scholar); Professor Zeki Saritoprak (John Carroll University, US); Ingrid Stellmacher (Le Menach Foundation) and Dr Sarah Jane Boss (St Mary’s College, Oscott).


This event will also be an opportunity to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Centre for Marian Studies, established in 1995, which is a registered charity that provides educational courses, promotes research and maintains a library, on subjects relating to the theology and wider cult of the Virgin Mary. The Centre for Marian Studies, which has no religious affiliation and is open to members of any religious tradition or none, is dedicated to interdisciplinary collaboration to form a dynamic learning community that supports and advances Marian scholarship.


Please submit abstracts (250 words) with a short biography by 15 November 2019 to Dr Jacob Phillips and Dr Catherine O’Brien at the following email address: centreformarianstudies@gmail.com

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