Catholicism, Literature, and the Arts, 1850 to the Present (CFP, 16th December; Conference 5th-7th July)

Photograph of a crucifix draped over an open bookAn international conference in July 2017 will explore Catholicism, literature and the arts, including the question of whether there is a distinctive tradition of ‘Catholic literature’. Proposals for 20-minute papers are now sought, with a deadline of 16th December 2016.

This conference is organised by the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University and Ushaw College, and will take 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 is 30 November 2016, and applicants will be notified of the outcome by 31 December 2016.


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