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Call for papers - 'Contemplations of the Spiritual in Contemporary Art'

Posted on Monday, 16th August 2010

Friday 10th – Saturday 11th December 2010
Liverpool Cathedral, St James Mount, Liverpool, L1 7AZ


Keynote speakers: James Elkins - School of the Art Institute of Chicago
John Harvey - University of Aberystwyth
Graham Howes - University of Cambridge
David Jasper - University of Glasgow

The history of Western art comes out of a Judaeo-Christian legacy and for centuries the relationship between religion and art was close. It is only in fairly recent times, since the beginning of modernism and the advent of contemporary art, that the two have been considered apart. In this conference we are going to build on this theme by placing religion (which is taken in its more inclusive sense to refer to the spiritual) in dialogue with contemporary art. We look forward to the fruitful interdisciplinary debates that will ensue.

The conference was inspired by the work of Lin Holland and Jane Poulton who were artists-in-residence at both Liverpool Cathedral and the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool from November 2007 to November 2008. Their work will be showcased during the conference.

We invite proposals for papers of 20 minutes duration, dealing with the conference topic.

The deadline for proposals is: 30th August 2010
Notification of accepted proposals: 30th September 2010

Please send proposals including: title of paper, abstract of 500 words maximum and a brief CV to Rina Arya at:

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