Conferences

Report from conferences and seminars attended or presented at, including online courses and presentations.

Running the script for a blueprint Bible

Image: Scriptorium, 2018 at St Cyriac’s Church, Lacock; 65 cyanotype prints. NOTEBOOK SPOTLIGHT: Scriptorium The text below is adapted from publication in ‘Photography as the Bible’s New Illumination’, in Transforming Christian Thought in the Visual Arts: Theology, Aesthetics, and Practice (Routledge, 2021), pp.55-58; and also from VT Issue 1, pp.16-17. Scriptorium consists of sixty-five pages of unbound …

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Visual Theology I: Transformative Looking Between the Visual Arts and Christian Doctrine

Image: Sara Mark’s Lavant at The Chapel of the Ascension, University of Chichester. Photograph by Sheona Beaumont. Visual Theology Conference Report19th-20th October 2018The Bishop’s Palace, Chichester; The Chapel of the Ascension, University of Chichester; in association with the Diocese of Chichester Our two-day conference explored ‘Transformative Looking Between the Visual Arts and Christian Doctrine (1850-Now)’. …

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Seeing church and theology in stereo

I’m continuing a blog series which is exploring more experiential ways of engaging with art and theology, with particular reference to photographic technologies. Today, I completed a two-week course from FutureLearn with the University of Edinburgh, ‘Stereoscopy: An Introduction to Victorian Stereo Photography’. Free to access, and wonderfully user-friendly, I checked in over a period …

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Screening salvation: the National Gallery and YouTube

Along with the last two blog posts, I’ve found myself following a focus on digital technologies for engaging with art: Mat Collishaw’s Thresholds at Lacock Abbey, the Alight app for Chichester and its Cathedral, and today the seven-part YouTube series The Audacity of Christian Art by Dr. Chloë Reddaway for the National Gallery, London. The …

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Leaves and Lincoln

By way of an introduction to the conference Rethinking Early Photography held at Lincoln University earlier this month, Prof Larry Schaaf presented a lecture called ‘The Damned Leaf: Musings on History, Hysteria and Historiography’. In the whirlwind speculation that swirled around this particular photograph, which had come up for auction in 2008 as part of …

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Following shoals to Birmingham

After last week’s post on local events in Bristol, this week I went to the Library of Birmingham for GRAIN’s ‘The State of Photography’ Symposium. In marked contrast to last week, this event was, for me, a dip into the larger sphere of photography in this country and abroad – specifically photography as fine art. …

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SBL report St Andrews 7-11 July

The International Meeting for the Society of Biblical Literature was this year held at the University of St Andrews for 5 days in July. Attended by over 850 delegates, the conference attracts international scholars working across a range of areas and disciplines relating to the Bible, the Society being the oldest and largest organisation in …

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