Posted: 15 March 2012
University of Roehampton Professor John Eade recently gave a public lecture on pilgrimage in contemporary society at the Wellcome Collection, Euston Road. The event explored several aspects of pilgrimage through hands-on activities, films and discussions; drawing lines between faith, mortality and healing.
“Whether seeking cures, isolation, understanding or miracles, pilgrimage is fundamental to almost all cultures and at all times in history. By understanding the nature of the ‘journey’, both spiritual and physical, we can uncover perceptions about miracle cures, the power of belief and the pilgrim’s need for a souvenir,” said Professor Eade.
The lecture was part of the Wellcome’s exhibition on miracles and charms which ran between October 2011 and February 2012 and offered a poignant insight into the tribulations of daily life and human responses to chance and suffering. For more information on the event visit the Wellcome Collection.
Professor Eade also recently spoke at the workshop series ‘Negotiating Religion: Inquiries into the History and Present of Religious Accommodation’ sponsored by UCL’s European Institute and Grand Challenge of Intercultural Interaction programme. His current research surrounds an EU Leonardo da Vinci project designed to help migrant workers improve their access to the labour market.
The Leonardo project has seen the production of materials which will help enhance the recognition of migrant workers’ qualifications; working with migrant workers, and those providing services to them, to develop a tool which will help them gain recognition for their skills and competencies. The project is a contribution to the EU Leonardo da Vinci Lifelong Learning Programme through the transfer of innovation.
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