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Research Seminars – Autumn 2016

Seminars are on Wednesday evenings – 6.00 to 7.30 pm – in the Convent Parlour, Digby Stuart College, University of Roehampton, Roehampton Lane, London SW15. All are welcome, and drinks and nibbles are provided. I attach a flier with further details of titles and speakers, which please feel free to circulate to your networks.

October 19 Andrée Grau (Professor of the Anthropology of Dance, University of Roehampton) - in collaboration with the Centre for Dance Research (University of Roehampton) 
Catholicism, masculinity, and femininity among the Tiwi of Melville Island, North Australia
Andrée Grau is Professor of the Anthropology of Dance at Roehampton. She has carried out fieldwork in South Africa, Australia, India, as well as in London. Her interest lies in different conceptualisations of the world and how these become expressed in danced practices. In this talk Andrée discusses the Tiwi traditional understanding of femininity and masculinity, when in rituals men dance that they are pregnant and women that they find the spirit of unborn children, an activity only men can perform in everyday life, and how this gender “interchangeability” fits with their Catholic faith.
November 2 Nick Mayhew-Smith (PhD student, University of Roehampton)
Expelling God from the garden: the struggle over Britain’s sacred landscapes
November 16

Nina Danino (Reader in Fine Art, Goldsmiths, University of London) - in collaboration with the Centre for Research in Film and Audio-Visual Cultures [CRFAC] (University of Roehampton)
Communion (2010) – film screening and presentation
November 30 Gulliver Ralston (Director of Music, University of Roehampton)
Music and Morality: Wagner’s ‘Religion und Kunst’ – ideas of decadence, belief and the role of art in the late nineteenth century

Catholic Women Speak – Book Launch and Reception


Co-hosted by the Digby Stuart Research Centre for Religion, Society and Human Flourishing; Digby Stuart College, and Alban Books

See book reviews so far.

RSVP to catholicwomenspeak@gmail.com if you plan to attend.
Find out more about the Catholic Women Speak Network.

Research Seminars – Autumn 2015

All research seminars are on Wednesday evenings - 6.00 to 7.30pm in the Convent Parlour, Digby Stuart College, University of Roehampton, Roehampton Lane, London SW15

ALL WELCOME – drinks and nibbles provided.
  • 7th October – Professor Tina BeattieUniversity of Roehampton - Women and the Synod on the Family and The Catherine of Siena Virtual College 

An informal seminar to welcome new students, and to introduce Dr Susanna Snyder who has recently joined Roehampton as the Assistant
Director of the Catherine of Siena Virtual College.There will be a short presentation on issues relating to the Synod on the Family which opens in Rome on 4th October, based on the book Catholic Women Speak: Bringing Our Gifts to the Table.This was edited by a team from the Catholic Women Speak Network, administered by the DSRC, and launched to coincide with the opening of the Synod.

  • DSRC Research Seminars Autumn 2015 - Snyder-img21st October - Dr Susanna Snyder, Catherine of Siena Virtual College - Looking through the Bars: Immigration Detention and the Ethics of Mysticism

Detention, a pillar of the contemporary immigration system, has detrimental effects on those who are incarcerated, their families, and their communities. Susanna Snyder brings the voices of activists responding to immigration detention into conversation with the three stages of the mystical journey articulated by Dorothee Soelle—being amazed, letting go, and resisting. She argues that mysticism and action for social justice are intimately interwoven, and asks how recognition of this could enrich Christian discussion and praxis surrounding immigration.

  • 18th November – Dr Richard Keogh and Richard Burke, University of Roehampton The Politics and Piety of Irish Catholics in the British Army – A Historical Perspective
  • 9th December – Professor Adrian Thatcher, University of Exeter, and Sharon Ferguson, University of Roehampton Complicating Genders: theological insights and challenges

For further information please contact Tina Beattie.

Symposium - October 2015

Catholic Women Speak - Symposium Oct 20151st October (2.30-7.30 PM) 

Pontifical University Antonianum, Via Merulana, 124, 00185 Rome

An afternoon of informal roundtable discussions about women in the Church, with a particular focus on the forthcoming Synod on the Family to celebrate the publication of the book edited by Catholic Women Speak (Paulist Press). 

Participants include:

  • Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator SJ (Principal, Hekima College, Nairobi)
  • Mary McAleese (former President of Ireland)
  • Catherine Pepinster (editor, The Tablet)
  • ambassadors to the Holy See
  • and contributors to the book from around the world whose presence has been made possible by generous donations from individuals, trusts, and religious congregations.

Wine Reception (6-7.30 PM) sponsored by the British Embassy to the Holy See, with a performance of music and dance sponsored by the University of Roehampton, London. Performances by Gulliver Ralston (pianist, Director of Music, University of Roehampton), Kristy Swift (soprano) and Katja Vaghi (contemporary dancer)

Please RSVP by
21st September to The Catholic Women Speak Network.

Research Seminars – Spring 2015

6.00 to 7.30 PM, Convent Parlour

  • 4th January Dr Michael Higgins, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut - Architects of our Spiritual Wisdom: Thomas Merton and Henri Nouwen --- --- This is a special event hosted by Digby Stuart College. There will be a wine reception after the lecture. All welcome, but please let Tina Beattie know if you plan to attend, for catering purposes.
  • 28th January – Dr Clare Watkins, University of Roehampton - Living Marriage, learning discipleship, teaching church. The practices of married life as embodied theology for today's mission
  • 4th February – Dr Sonya Nevin, University of Roehampton - Animating the Ancient Gods
    This special seminar is a workshop based on Dr Nevin’s work on the potential of the vase animations created by the Panoply project for enriching the teaching and learning of ancient religion.
  • 18th February – Dr Christopher Stephens, Principal, Southlands College, University of Roehampton and Dr Lia Shimada, Susanna Wesley Foundation - Beyond box-ticking: theology, identity and diversity in the Church
  • 4th March – Dr Lynn Thomas, University of Roehampton - Building wives and digesting demons: structure and meaning in a classical Indian myth
  • 18th March – Professor Pete Tyler, St Mary’s University, Twickenham

All welcome!
Drinks and nibbles provided.

Download PDF poster and see also the DSRC Facebook page.

Research Seminars – Autumn 2014 

6.00 to 7.30 PM, Convent Parlour

All wellcome!

(Drinks and nibbles provided)

DSRC Research Seminars Autumn 2014
  • Wednesday, 8 October – Augusto Zampini, University of Roehampton Catholic Social Teaching, Biblical Theology and Economics: dialogical approach to wellbeing
  • Wednesday, 22 October – Tina Beattie, University of Roehampton -“Good for food, and pleasing to the eye”: the eucharistic and erotic significance of the female breast in medieval and modern visual culture
  • Wednesday 19 November – Grainne Doherty, University of Roehampton - Pope John Paul II’s 'New Feminism' and Theology of the Body in Feminist theological Perspective
  • Wednesday, 5 November – Catherine Tomas, University of Oxford - Trashing the Sanitized: Re-reading the texts of female mystics as narratives of violence and abuse
  • Wednesday, 3 December – Nicholas Sagovsky, Honorary Research Fellow, University of Roehampton - Are Human Rights Universal? Human Rights and the Values of Traditional Societies

Download PDF poster.

Past Events

In this section you will find a sample of some recent events that have involved the DSRC. Click on the links for further information.

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From 23-26 June 2014, Roehampton University hosted an international conference entitled 'Inspiring Souls: Reflections on Education, Spirituality and Leadership; an International Academic Conference to Celebrate the Centenary of Janet Erskine Stuart'. Members of the centre will be involved.

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Women, Authority and Leadership in Christianity and Islam
On 10-12 September 2012, the Digby Stuart Research Centre for Religion, Society and Human Flourishing, with the support of Southlands Methodist Trust, organised an international, interdisciplinary conference which brought together leading academics, religious leaders and representatives of Muslim and Christian communities to explore questions of women's representation, participation and leadership, and to look at diverse responses to these issues within the two traditions. The event combined academic presentations with an opportunity for researchers and community representatives to engage in a rich and fruitful dialogue.

22-24 August 2013 – Wellbeing and Social Justice: Theology and the Capability Approach International Symposium.

12 July 2013 – Symposium on the Role of Lay Catholic Theologians. To read some reflections on this symposium click here.

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8 June 2013 – Conference and Study Day on Mary and Women in Christianity and Islam.

There's always something new to report for members of our centre. For further information or access our blog here and Facebook page.