Education and Arts


Grounding the Sacred through Literature and the Arts

Conference Program 

The conference includes keynote addresses, some 65 conference papers, performances and EarthSong, an exhibition of artworks by Papunya Tula Artists and the Warlayirti Artists of Balgo, loaned by Lloyd Graham for the occasion. The following is a guide to conference activities: updates will be posted here. The program should be read in conjunction with the listing of paper presentations, also on this site.  All the conference events will be held on the Strathfield campus of ACU.

Information on travel to the Strathfield campus is available here.  You can see or print off a map of the campus here

On-line registration is open. Single day registration is set at $65 (unwaged and students) and $95 (waged). A four-day package is available for $190 (unwaged and students) and $340 (waged). Registration includes refreshments. Please register by 22 July 2015. There will be a registration desk in the Atrium during the conference for late registrations. Cheques or correct money are preferred. There is an ATM on campus.

The conference will be preceded by a seminar for postgraduates who are attending the conference. It will be held in the Multifunction Room, E Block on the Strathfield campus between 1:30 and 3:00 pm on Thursday 23 July. Speakers will include Professor Kevin Hart, Professor David Jasper, Dr Alison Jasper and Professor Thaddeus Metz. It will be chaired by Dr Dermot Nestor.

Thursday 23 July Postgraduate seminar

1:30 - 3:00 pm    Postgraduate seminar for Higher Degree by Research students, Multifunction Room, E Block

Thursday 23 July Conference starts

Conference registration will be available from 3:00 pm, Atrium, D Block.

3:00 - 4:45 pm   EarthSong Exhibition, 3:30 opening with Lloyd Graham and Vivien Johnson, McGlade Gallery, with refreshments

5:00 - 5:30 pm   Conference opening, Gleeson Auditorium, D Block, including Welcome to Country by Chris Tobin and Songs from Ross Edwards' The Five Senses, performed by Joelene Griffith and Bradley Gilchrist.

5:30 - 5:50 pm     Rachael Kohn, participating chair, 'The Spirit of Things in the Arts'

5:50 - 6:00 pm     Imam Afroz Ali, Al-Ghazzali Centre for Islamic Sciences and Human Development

6:00 - 7:00 pm     Thaddeus Metz, 'Literature as an Imitation of the Divine'

7:00 - 7:30 pm     Coffee and light refreshments, Atrium

7:30 - 8:20 pm     Genevieve Lacey, 'Learning to Listen'

8:20 - 8:25 pm     Lloyd Graham on the EarthSong Exhibition

8:25 - 9:15 pm     Vivien Johnson, 'On Sacred Ground', an introduction to the exhibition of artworks (the exhibition will be open 23 - 26 July inclusive)

Friday 24 July

8:45 - 9:15 am      Conference registration, coffee and tea, Atrium

9:15 - 10:15 am     Paper presentations, Seminar Rooms TS01, TS02, TS03, D Block

10:15 - 10:45 am   Morning tea

11:00 -12:15 pm    Kathleen Deignan CND by Skype from New York, 'Aesthetic Illumination: Beauty as the Ground of Thomas Merton's Sacred Vision', Gleeson Auditorium, D Block

12:15 - 1:15 pm      Lunch

1:15 - 3:15 pm       Paper presentations, Seminar Rooms TS01, TS02, TS03, D Block

3:25 - 4:15 pm      Imam Afroz Ali, 'Grounding the Sacred: Islam and Expression of the Sacred', Gleeson Auditorium, D Block

4:15 - 4:40 pm       Afternoon tea

4:40 - 5:55 pm      Maeve Louise Heaney VDMF presentation, 'The Taste and Touch of Music'

6:00 - 7:30 pm      David Jasper, with David Malouf, 'The First Night out of Eden'

Saturday 25 July

8:30 - 9:00 am     Conference registration, coffee and tea, Atrium

9:00 - 10:30 am    Paper presentations, Seminar Rooms TS01, TS02, TS03,TS05, D Block

10:30 - 11:00 am   Morning tea

11:00 - 12:00 pm   Michael McGirr, 'Tempered Steele: the Spirituality of Peter Steele', Gleeson Auditorium, D Block

12:00 - 1:00 pm    Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 pm     Paper presentations, Seminar Rooms TS01, TS02, TS03,TS05, D Block

2:10 - 3:10 pm     Carmel Bird, 'Have You Seen this Child?', Gleeson Auditorium, D Block

3:30 - 4:30 pm     Paper presentations, Seminar Rooms TS01, TS02, TS03,TS05, D Block

Sunday 26 July

9:00 - 9:30 am     Conference registration, coffee and tea, Atrium

9:30 - 10:15 am    Rene and Jane Buhler, 'A Meditation with Poetry', Gleeson Auditorium, D Block

10:30 - 12:00 pm  Paper presentations, Seminar Rooms TS01, TS02, TS03,TS05, D Block

12:00 - 12;45 pm  Lunch

12:45 - 1:45 pm   Paper presentations, Seminar Rooms TS01, TS02, TS03,TS05, D Block

2:00 - 3:00 pm    Kevin Hart, 'How the Sacred Appears: Some Thoughts on Poetry and the Dark One', Gleeson Auditorium, D Block

3:00 - 4:05 pm   Closing panel, Michael Griffith, Kevin Hart, Alison Jasper, David Jasper, Thaddeus Metz, Dermot Nestor, followed by wine and cheese.