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CCS Study Series: Faith and Thought: Exploring The Art of Attention

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A series of virtual discussions on the theme ‘The Art of Attention’, bringing together theologians, artists, writers and young scholars in conversation. These discussions will take place over three consecutive weeks and each week we will orient our exploration of the nature and role of ‘attention’ in the arts, spirituality and theology through a different lens, as described below. Each session will incorporate time for discussion and reflections.

Wednesday 5 May, 5-7pm BST:

Attention and Perception: How does the way we attend shape what we perceive?

Draft programme:

  • Janet Soskice: Attention and Letting Go
  • Interview with Tim Patrick, painter
  • Parallel sessions:
    • Hilary Davies: Poetry reading and reflection: Time and Attention in her recently completed sequence, Compass
    • Florence O'Taylor: Paying Attention to the Affliction of Addiction for Women: Developing Sociopolitical Imaginations that Resist Deception with Simone Weil
    • Myka Lahaie: Finding God in All Things: Truth, Mystery, and the Art of Attention
  • A period of ‘contemplative imagination’ created by Gero McLoughlin SJ

Wednesday 12 May, 5-7pm BST:

Attention and Peace-Building: What kinds of attention inform and influence peace-building efforts?

Draft programme:

  • Jolyon Mitchell: Attending to Peace-building Through the Visual Arts
  • Interview with Juliane Okot Bitek, poet/writer/scholar
  • Parallel sessions:
    • Gary Wade: Seamus Heaney and the Half-True Rhyme of Love
    • Seth Hart: Poetic Science: Goethe, Participation, and a Gentle Empiricism
    • Jamie Howard: Obstacles and Beauty: Finding Points of Convergence Through Attending to the Journey with Immigrant and Migrant Populations
  • A period of ‘contemplative imagination’ created by Sue Price

Wednesday 19 May, 5-7pm BST:

Attention and Place: How can our relationship to place be transformed through shifts in our practices of attention?

Draft programme:

  • Timothy Howles: Feet Off the Ground or Toes in the Mud? Looking at the Earth from Above
  • Simone Kotva: Attention as a Spiritual Technology
  • Parallel sessions:
    • Hannah Malcolm: Speech as Making: The (Shared) Art of Attention to Place
    • Kate Banks: The Art of Distraction: Two “Thought-Trains” for David Jones’s Anathemata
    • Clinton Collister: The Search for Identity in an Ancestral Home: Place in T.S. Eliot’s “East Coker” and “Little Gidding”’
  • A period of ‘contemplative imagination’ created by Iona Reid-Dalglish

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Other events in the series

This event is organised by the Centre for Catholic Studies (Durham University) and the London Jesuit Centre, as part of the Centre for Catholic Studies' Study Series. Other events in this series are:

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Painting above: The Red Room, Oil on Linen, 205x170cm, by Tim Patrick.

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