Golding Centre Colloquia 2010

Venue: Australian Catholic University Strathfield Campus (Mount Saint Mary), 25A Barker St, Strathfield. (Registration will be in the foyer of the Gleeson Auditorium) Colloquia in TS2 above auditorium.

Date: Saturday 10 April 2010

Time: Registration from 9:30am; first colloquium commences at 10am and third colloquium will finish by 3:30pm.

Note: Morning and afternoon tea and lunch will be provided.

Cost: $20 to cover expenses (pay on the day - cash only please)

Transport: Ample parking available in ACU grounds, accessed from Barker St. The Strathfield Campus is a 20 minutes walk from Strathfield Railway Station. Follow Albert St to the end where there is pedestrian access. The cost of a taxi is not exorbitant.

First Colloquium

Dr Marie Crowley will share with us insights from her doctoral thesis which focused on the influence of art on the spirituality of the Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941), religious writer, spiritual director and exponent of Christian spirituality. Marie explored Underhill’s early life, reading and education within the Anglican tradition as the backdrop against which her appreciation for art and knowledge of Christianity developed. Her thesis argues that although Underhill was aware of the more formal aspects of Christian teaching in her understanding of the spiritual life she placed more emphasis on image and place. Dr Ross Keating from ACU School of Religious Education, who has a longstanding interest in the theology of spirituality,  will lead the following conversation.

Second Colloquium

In 1900 in a paper at the first Australasian Catholic Congress in Sydney a Patrician Brother declared: “In truth, the middle classes form the fulcrum which has to bear almost the entire pressure of the ups and downs of  Society’s two extremes.”  He went on to lament the neglect of the education of the Catholic middle class. Mary Ryllis Clark and Janice Garaty will share with us the fruits of their in-depth research concerning the education of the Catholic middle class in Australia in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Mary will draw upon her recently published book, Loreto in Australia, and Janice upon her successfully presented doctoral thesis: Holy Cross College Woollahra 1908-2001: A Micro-Study of Catholic Education in the Archdioceses of Sydney in the Twentieth Century. The following conversation will be led by Golding Centre doctoral student Heather O’Connor, whose research involves both the Loreto and Mercy congregations.

Third Colloquium

Dr Michele Connolly (Catholic Institute of  Sydney) will share with us the fruits of her doctoral thesis recently successfully presented at Graduate Thelogical Union, Berkeley: Disorderly Women and the Order of God: An Australian Feminist Reading of the Gospel of Mark. Like the narratives of foundational events of colonial Australia the females in St Mark’s Gospel are portrayed as sites of disorder of a project carried by male persons and are consistently isolated, silenced and denigrated. The dissertation argues that feminists must reject this denigrating portrayal of feminist characters as a sexist aberration that fails to realise the Gospels own stated best principles, which women rightly claim. The following conversation will be led by ACU doctoral student, Lucienne Paul, whose doctoral work is in the field of scripture and like many contemporary young women she is ambivalent about the term feminist.

If you wish to attend the colloquia please contact Sophie on the details below:

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Fax: +61 (0) 2 9876 4609 (this is a phone/fax number)

Mail: The Editor, Sophie McGrath rsm, Golding Centre, Australian Catholic University, Locked Bag 2002, Strathfield, 2135.