15 November 2021 - 16 November 2021
12:00PM - 5:00PM
What are the paradoxes of Lived Catholicism and how can it be authentically prophetic?
An online conference
In autumn 2020 scholars from a range of disciplines came together from around the world to explore a distinctive new field of study which we termed ‘Lived Catholicism’.
With papers from Australia to Latin America via inter-faith marriages in Mumbai, residual Catholicism among student teachers in Ireland, and women leaders in Ghana, we explored Catholicism as lived across time and space.
Through this breadth of scholarship it became clear that Lived Catholicism is more than a subset of Lived Religion, posing many generative questions about the nature of Catholicism itself, for example the tensions between institution and individual experience; the manifold ways in which power is held and used; and the relationship between theology and the lived.
We invite you to join us to us for the second online conference, on 15-16 November 2021. The conference will consider: what are the paradoxes of Lived Catholicism and how can it be authentically prophetic?
Plenary speakers will include:
We are also delighted that our speakers of 2020 - Robert Orsi, Tricia Bruce, Alana Harris and Stephen Bullivant - continue their involvement with the conference.
Lived Catholicism is intrinsically inter-disciplinary and we envisage contributions from theologians, ethnographers, sociologists, psychologists, human geographers, anthropologists, historians, and more.
We are currently refining the programme timings to allow as many people as possible to join us from around the world. Timings will be added here later, so if this will influence your attendance, please check back!
Please register at Eventbrite. The fees are as follows:
£25: Standard registration fee
£10: Registration fee for students and anyone from the global south
Free: Durham University staff and students
We aim to make this online conference as accessible as possible. If there’s anything you can think of that would help you attend or participate more fully, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to help.
This conference is organised by the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University in conjunction with the Department of Catholic Studies at Duquesne University.
We are also particularly interested in how and whether the study of Lived Catholicism can help both academics and practitioners navigate the current social and ecclesial reality in which Catholicism is lived. What is needed in the academy and the Church as we take account of the events of the last years in which the pandemic has fractured so many of our modes of ecclesial life and yet paradoxically offers glimpses of renewed social engagement and concern?
These categories should not deter other proposals. This is an emerging field with immense potential and resonance in many places and with indeterminate boundaries and protocols. If you have a conceptual angle or proposal which would expand the horizon or help shape its contours, please offer a paper.
There will be two kinds of presentation:
We aim to have several streams of short papers, of no more than 15 minutes, most of which will be given live (presenters can choose to pre-record their presentations if they wish). Each session will have a moderator and, where possible, time will be allowed for discussion either with pre-arranged respondents or by inviting questions submitted online.
Participants are invited to present 5-minute snapshots of research or potential research which you see as concerned with study of lived Catholicism. There will be a moderator and questions and other responses will be invited via text chat.
Pop-up podium speakers do not have to present completed or fully conceptualised work. It is envisaged as an exploratory session in which we gather diverse perspectives from ground level research.
If you wish to propose a 15-minute paper or a 5-minute poster presentation, please submit your details, the paper/poster title, and a 80- to 150-word abstract using this online form by 1 October. We will confirm the programme by mid-October.