Catholic Theological Association Conference and Call for Papers


8th – 11th September 2014

St Mary’s University College, Twickenham

This year’s conference will feature papers by Ashley Beck, Nicholas Boyle, Nigel Biggar, Hector Fabio, John Pollard, Michael Snape, Esther Reed and Michael Kirwan. More information about the programme and registration  is available at the CTA’s website.

The CTA has also issued the following call for papers:

The centenary of the outbreak of the Great War offers theologians and those within other disciplines the opportunity to reflect on the war in context and in relation to matters of church, religion and theology. The Catholic Theological Association gathers to consider the historical, theological and contextual issues of war, and the Great War in particular, and invites scholars to join these conversations.

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Next DSRC Seminar: Dawn Marie Gibson on ‘Malcolm X, the secretaries and Nation women’

The next DSRC seminar will be at 6:00 on Wednesday, 19 March in Convent Parlour. Dr Dawn Marie Gibson of Royal Holloway will be speaking on ‘Malcolm X, the secretaries and Nation women’.

All are welcome. If you any questions, please contact Tommy Lynch at thomas.lynch at

More Pope Francis!

Tina Beattie has a post over at the Westminster Faith Debates blog reflecting on the first year of Francis’ papacy.

Colloquium on Pope Francis

The University of St Andrew’s will be hosting a colloquium on Pope Francis to mark the launching of Mario Aquilar’s new biography of the Pope, Pope Francis: His Life and Thought.

The event will be held at 5:30-7:30 pm on Wednesday, 16 April in Lower College hall, St Salvator’s Quad, North Street.

Speakers will include: Dorothea McEwan (The Warburg Institute, University of London), Néstor Osorio Londoño, Ambassador of Colombia to the United Kingdom, N.T. Wright (School of Divinity), Michael O’Sullivan SJ (All Hallows College, Dublin), Anthony Lang Jr. (School of International Relations) and Mario I. Aguilar (School of Divinity).


Tina Beattie Interview: Pope Francis’ First Year

Tina Beattie was recently a panelist on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Beyond Belief’. She joined Paul Vallely and Marcus Holden to discuss the impact of Pope Francis’ first year. The full interview is available here.

Crucible Seminar: Violence and Human Rights in Iran

The Crucible Centre for Human Rights Research at the University of Roehampton will be holding a seminar from 1:00-1:50 on 10 February. The seminar will be held in room 209 of the Hirst Building. Tahirih Danesh (Honorary Research Fellow, Crucible, Department of Social Sciences, University of Roehampton) will be speaking on ‘Violence and Humnan Rights in Iran’.

An abstract and bio are available below.

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Event Announcement: ‘Religion, Art and Conflict: Disputes, Destruction and Creation’

The following research forum seminar at the Courtauld Institute of Art may be of interest. They are currently looking for project participants. Applications close on 17 March. More information is available here.

Public Lecture at Heythrop College

Friends of the DSRC may be interested in an upcoming public lecture at Heythrop College.

6:00 pm

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Dr Simon Glendinning (Associate Professor (Reader) of European Philosophy, LSE; Director: Forum for European Philosophy)

‘The Decline of Theism in Europe’

There will be a wine reception following the lecture. To register email

Catholic Postgraduate Study Day: Catholicism and Critical Theory

Catholicism and Critical Theory

28 April 2014

Keynote speakers: Julia Clague (Glasgow) and Prof Johannes Hoff (Heythrop)


This postgraduate Study Day, hosted in association with the Catholic Theological Association, is a chance for postgraduates working in any aspect of contemporary Catholic theology and/or Catholic studies to meet, discuss, and present their research in a collegial environment. Postgraduates are invited to submit proposals (title and brief abstract) for 20 minute papers. Paper proposals are invited in such areas as:

  • Philosophical and doctrinal theology
  • The critical-constructive study of Catholicism, including gender and ethical considerations
  • The challenges critical theory brings to Catholic self-understanding
  • Issues pertaining to cultural and historical expressions of Catholicism
  • Catholic engagement with specific intellectuals

For those who are interested and able, people will be sharing an affordable dinner in a local restaurant on the evening of 28th April; we can also help advise on accommodation for those who need it.

The deadline for submission of proposals is 1st April 2014. To submit a proposal, register for the day, or for general enquiries, please contact Dr Michael Canaris: (0191 334 1656).

This post-graduate study day is one of a series that is being jointly organised by: the Centre for Catholic Studies, Durham University; the School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow; the Digby Stuart Research Centre, University of Roehampton; Heythrop College, University of London; the Margaret Beaufort Institute, Cambridge and St Mary’s University College, Twickenham; in association with the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain.

A poster is available for download here.

Divining the Void – A Symposium and Book Launch



Tina Cover10:30-6:30

19 February 2014

Whitelands Chapel

University of Roehampton


Pamela Sue Anderson

Tina Beattie

Oliver Davies

Karen Kilby

Gerard Loughlin

The University of Roehampton and the Digby Stuart Research Centre for Religion, Society and Human Flourishing will be hosting a symposium and book launch celebrating the recent publication of Tina Beattie’s Theology after Postmodernity: Divining the Void – A Lacanian Reading of Thomas Aquinas.

We invite informal, short papers (not more than 20 minute) dealing with theological and theoretical perspectives on the body or the relationship between theology and theory. Please submit a title and short description by 31 January. Postgraduates and early career researchers are especially encouraged to submit.

To reserve a place, submit an abstract or for any other queries, please contact Tommy Lynch at