The Ushaw Lecture Series is public lecture series celebrating the cultural and research significance of the remarkable bibliographical, archival and material-cultural collections at Ushaw, the former seminary near Durham City, and the wider history of which they are expressions. The lectures cover the arts, architecture, material-culture, politics, science and theology.
Ushaw Lecture Series 2022
Unless otherwise stated lectures start at 6.00pm.
Each lecture will be preceded by a drinks reception at 5.30pm.
If you wish to attend any of the lectures, please register via https://centreforcatholicstudies.eventbrite.com Registration opens three weeks before each lecture.
Michaelmas Term 2022
18 October 2022 Cormac Begadon (Durham): ÔÇÿEnlightenment in the English cloister? The Canonesses of the Holy Sepulchre in exile and at home, c.1750-c.1815 ‘
17 Nov 2022 Mike Snape (Durham): ÔÇÿForgetting to Remember: Catholics and Britain ‘s Armed Forces, c.1900-2020 ‘
6 Dec 2022 Christmas lecture. Suzanna Ivanic (Kent) on Early Modern Catholic visual culture
Epiphany Term 2023
21 Feb 2022 Judeo-Christian Sweeting Lecture: Daniel Langton (Manchester), ÔÇÿDarwin’s Jews: Evolutionary Theory, Jewish Thought and Interfaith Relations ‘.
Easter Term 2023
9 May 2023 Bonnie Lander Johnson (Cambridge) – new Catholic women writers book series: ÔÇÿCatholic women writers in the 20thC ‘
21 June 2023 Bishop Dunn Memorial Lecture: His Eminence Cardinal Mario Grech and Sister Nathalie Becquart (Synod of Bishops), ÔÇÿHow Goes the People of God on their Pilgrim Way? Hopes, Challenges, and Prospects for the Catholic Synodal Pathway ‘
Conferences and other Ushaw events 2022 onwards
- 11-13 July 2023 (postponed from July 2020) – The Fourth Biennial Early Modern British and Irish Catholicism Conference: ÔÇÿPopery, Politics and Prayer: British and Irish Catholicism ‘.
This conference marks the 450th anniversary of the papal bull Regnans in Excelsis, through which Pope Pius V excommunicated Queen Elizabeth I. From that point on, the questions surrounding British and Irish Catholicism became unescapably political, the line between the temporal and the spiritual even more blurred than previously. This conference will consider the relationships between politics and Catholicism in the widest possible framework, including through political debates and differences between English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh Catholics, as well as the global Church; the politics of religious exile; spirituality and theology as polemic; State consideration of British and Irish Catholics in the political sphere; and Catholics as political players in the non-Catholic imagination. The timeframe being considered is broad, from c.1530 to 1800.
Conference Director: James Kelly (Durham University)
Conference Organizing committee: Brad Gregory (University of Notre Dame), John McCafferty (University College Dublin), Susannah Monta (University of Notre Dame)
At the time of postponement, the conference had 54 confirmed speakers including:
Marie-Louise Coolahan (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Brad Gregory (University of Notre Dame)
Peter Lake (Vanderbilt University)
John McCafferty (University College Dublin)
Susannah Monta (University of Notre Dame)
Tadhg ├ô hAnnracháin (University College Dublin)
Michael Questier (Vanderbilt University)