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University to hold pilgrimage conference

13 August 2008

Canterbury Christ Church University is celebrating Canterbury's status as a world renowned pilgrimage site by holding a conference on pilgrimage.

The conference, to be held over two days, will see scholars from Universities in the UK and the Netherlands showcase their groundbreaking research on pilgrimage. It also includes an exhibition of photography at the University’s North Holmes Road campus, and an installation of photography and poetry at the University’s Sidney Cooper Gallery at 22 St Peters Street, Canterbury.

The event, entitled ‘Dimensions of Pilgrimage: Journey, Meaning and Place’, is open to all members of the public as well as academics.

Dr Paul Dalton, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean of the University’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “This will be a significant occasion for the University and the city of Canterbury. After the death of Archbishop Thomas Becket in 1170, Canterbury became a major focus of pilgrimage, and the site of Becket’s shrine has been regarded by many over the centuries as a special place of religious devotion and healing. It is fitting, therefore, for the University to hold a  conference in a city where pilgrimage has a deep historical and spiritual significance. We are delighted that the conference will include contributions from specialists in many different dimensions of pilgrimage, including aspects of Islamic, Buddhist and Jewish as well as Christian pilgrimage, and will cover a period extending from ancient Greece to the twentieth century.”

Ticket prices and booking information are also featured in the notes to editors section.

If you are a member of the media and would like to interview Dr Dalton with regard to the nature of this conference, please contact Canterbury Christ Church University’s Media Relations Officer, Claire Draper, on 01227 782391 or email claire.draper@canterbury.ac.uk.

Notes to Editor

 

Saturday 13 September

Time

Subject
Speaker

9.00-9.40

‘From the Darkness of the Cave to the Illumination of the Sun: Plato’s Conception of Life as Journey’

Peter Abbs       (University of Sussex)

9.40-10.20

‘Cloistered Women’s Journey: Substitute Pilgrimages in Southern German Convents’

Mary-Luise Ehrenschwendtner (University of Aberdeen)

10.20-11.00

‘Nuns without borders: Enclosure and Mental Pilgrimage in Late-Medieval Europe’

Kathryne Beebe (University of Oxford)

11.00-11.15

Questions

11.15-11.30

Tea/Coffee

11.30-12.10

‘The 1652 Country’

Pamela Richardson (University of Exeter)

12.10-12.50

‘The “Grand Tour” as a Secular Pilgrimage’

James Frost    (Canterbury Christ Church University)

12.50-1.00

Questions

1.00-2.00

Lunch. An exhibition entitled “Pilgrimage to Bhutan” by Angela Pitt can be viewed in the Staff Common Room throughout the conference.

2.00-2.40

‘Travel Notes and Transformations: Nature and Religion in John Piper’s Images of the Landscape’

Stephen Laird (University of Kent)

2.40-3.20

‘From the Pilgrim to the Postmodern Self: Michael Powell, Neo-Romanticism, Personalism and the Construction of Post-War Identity’

Bryan Hawkins (Canterbury Christ Church University)

3.20-3.30

Questions.

3.30-3.50

Tea/Coffee

3.50-4.30

‘The Role of Relics in Pilgrimage in Late Antiquity’

Heather M. Rli (University of Cardiff)

4.30-5.10

‘Pilgrimage, Memory and the Materialisation of the Past at Walsingham’

Simon Coleman (University of Sussex)

5.10-5.20

Questions then break.

6.30

Evening events. With wine and a light buffet. Sidney Cooper Gallery at 22 St Peters Street Canterbury: Private view of “Journeys” sculpture exhibition, Hamish Black, Jeff Lowe and Diana Maclean. Launch of “The Greater Journey” photography and poetry installation. John Pack and Peter Abbs.

Sunday 14 September

Time

Subject
Speaker

9.00-9.40

‘The Construction of the Sacred through the Production and Consumption of a Pilgrimage Site’s Spatial Structures: The Case of Padre Pio and the Shrine of Santa Maria delle Grazie in San Giovanni Rotondo (Southern Italy)’

Evgenia Messaritou (University of Cambridge)

9.40-10.20

‘Miniatures and Stones in a Spiritual Economy at the Pilgrimage of the Virgin of Urkupiña in Bolivia’

Sanne Derks         (Radboud University, Nijmegen)

10.20-10.30

Questions.

10.30-10.45

Tea/Coffee

10.45-11.25

‘Spiritual and Interior Pilgrimage Muslim according to the Life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)’

Razaq Raj and Tahir Rashid             (Leeds Metropolitan University)

11.25-12.05

‘Sacralising Britain: Pilgrimage in a Multicultural Society’

John Eade       (Roehampton and Surrey Universities)

12.05-12.45

‘Pilgrimage in Modern Jewish Youth Culture’

Maria Diemling (Canterbury Christ Church University)

12.45-1.25

‘The Practical Theology of Pilgrimage’

Edward Condry (Canterbury Cathedral)

1.25-2.25

Lunch.

Departure.

Cost of Conference
Includes lunch and refreshments.

£50 for Saturday (or £43 without lunch)

£30 for Sunday (or £23 without lunch)

£70 (or £56 without lunch) for the entire conference.

Students and people receiving state pension or state benefits:

£35 for Saturday (or £28 without lunch)

£20 for Sunday (or £13 without lunch)

£45 (or £31 without lunch for the entire conference.

Cheques made payable to “Canterbury Christ Church Universty”

To book or for more information, contact Catherine Rising, Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Tel: 01227 782 965
Email: Catherine.rising@canterbury.ac.uk

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