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This year's annual conference is taking place on 28th Feb-3rd March 2019 in Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA

The theme is Metaphor, Making and Mysticism

Boston College invites abstracts for Metaphor, Making, and Mysticism, the annual conference of the Mystical Theology Network. The conference seeks to engage scholars and creative practitioners in a multi-disciplinary examination of the ways in which metaphor and artistic practices have been used to express or experience the mystical. The conference will also include a mini-symposium on John Scotus Eriugena.

Confirmed Speakers include:

Jeff Bloechl  (Boston College)
Claude Cernuschi (Boston College)
Rob Faesen, SJ, (Katholieke Universiteit,Leuven)
Richard Kearney (Boston College)
Racha Kirakosian (Harvard University)
Bernard McGinn (The University of Chicago Divinity School)
Dermot Moran (Boston College)
Louise Nelstrop (York St John/ St Benet's Hall Oxford University)
Willemien Otten (University of Chicago)
Andrew Prevot (Boston College)

This interdisciplinary conference will highlight a plurality of inspired approaches to Christian mystical theology. We welcome proposals for papers, panel discussions, and creative presentations in a variety of styles from diverse traditions and disciplines including: theology, philosophy, art history, history, contemporary art practice, cultural theory, material culture studies, feminist theory, literature, poetry, music, and other creative and contemplative practices. Proposals should explore the domain of creativity within the mystical tradition. We encourage interdisciplinary approaches that engage both historical and contemporary conversations.

Possible themes may include:

•    The role of metaphorical and symbolic mediation in the experience and expression of the 
•    The relationship between "making" practices and contemplative practices
•    Reflections on John Scotus Eriugena's God of Self-creation
•    Pictorial and material expressions and the teachings of Christian mystics
•    Strategies for communicating the unsayable
•    Creative transformation of matter and its relationship to Pierre Teilhard de Chardin's
•    Materiality and meaning-making
•    Medieval "female mysticisms" and "craft" practices
•    Art making and kenosis

All proposals should include:

     1. Full name
     2. E-mail
     3. Current institution and/or academic affiliation
     4. Academic degree / year of study)
     5. Title of the paper or project
     6. Technical equipment needs
     7. Proposal (up to 350 words).

•    Paper proposal — A proposal for presenting a short (15-20 minute) original paper
•    Session proposal — A proposal for a session or roundtable where different papers are
       presented on a common theme and emphasis is placed on shared discourse. Session
proposals should include abstract, name of presider, list of panelists or respondents.
Project proposal — A proposal for a presentation, event, exhibition, performance or 
       screening. Project proposals should include description of media and
       venue/technology requirements

Deadline: October 20, 2018

For further information and to submit proposals, please contact
Sheila Gallagher:    gallagso@bc.edu

Organizing Committee:

Jeff Bloechl (Boston College)
Boyd Taylor Coolman (Boston College)
Catherine Cornille (Boston College)
Sheila Gallagher (Boston College)
Richard Kearney (Boston College)
Racha Kirakosian (Harvard University)
Dermot Moran (Boston College)
Louise Nelstrop (Oxford University)
Andrew Prevot (Boston College)

Further Information is available on the conference website (available shortly)

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