**Postponed** Symposium: “Artistry and the Arc of the Atonement”

EasterArtistry logoThis symposium on “Artistry and the Arc of the Atonement” has been postponed and will be rescheduled in due course.

Centring on the Easter season specifically as a unifying theme, this one-day symposium invites researchers, theologians, and artists in interdisciplinary reflection on the ‘arc of the atonement’ both theologically and artistically.

The symposium aims to establish a collaborative environment for interdisciplinary dialogue and the exchange of expertise. Flowing out of past TheoArtistry events, this “EasterArtistry” symposium will build on momentum within both the School of Divinity and the University of St Andrews Music Centre in connecting arts and theological research with a range of creative opportunities.

Participants are invited to submit a paper abstract or submit a proposal for a panel discussion. Practising artists are invited to submit abstracts for an exhibition of artistic work (visual arts, poetic, musical) that engages with the themes of Easter.

The day will culminate in a choral and orchestral concert traversing the ‘arc’ of the atonement. Concert tickets are included in the cost of registration.

For more information, visit the TheoArtistry website: http://theoartistry.org/key-dates/atonement-symposium-2020/

Enquiries should be directed to: easterartistry@gmail.com

Transept Exhibition 2020 — Call for Submissions

CALLING ARTISTS … of all media!

ITIA Transept Exhibition 2020 — Call for Submissions

Transept, a group of artist practitioners and theologians within ITIA (The Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts) at the University of St Andrews, will be holding its annual art exhibition and performances as part of the university’s On the Rocks festival: Friday 3rd April through Sunday 12th April 2020.

We will be exploring themes related to Time, including cyclical time. This theme can encompass a wide range of interpretations and related concepts.

We welcome artists and theologians to join us in forming this exhibition by submitting pieces of their own in any medium or to contribute to conversations helping to form these pieces.

If submitting art—visual, literary, theatrical, musical, or otherwise— enter a brief proposal into the Google Form, here,by Friday 31st January.

Further inquiries can be sent to Letizia Morley at letizia.morley@gmail.com.

The proposal should include the following:

 Art medium

 Proposed concept

 Space required (i.e. how it will be displayed or performed)

 Number of pieces of art / performances

The proposal does not have to be a detailed description of what you will create but should indicate a commitment to the exhibition, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

You may propose as many pieces as you like but please be mindful of what you are committing to.

ITIA Sacred Music MLitt Launches

We are very pleased to share that our new MLitt in Sacred Music has launched and we are accepting applications for Fall 2020 entry.

The MLitt in Sacred Music offers a unique interdisciplinary formation in Sacred Music for musicians, scholars, and leaders in artistic ministry.

It is taught jointly by the School of Divinity’s Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts (ITIA) and the University of St Andrews Music Centre.

For more information, see the following links:

Application Details

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New Undergraduate Module, Saints and Cyborgs, at St. Mary’s School of Divinity Starts this Term

This fall, Dr.  Rebekah Lamb and Dr. Joanna Leidenhag will be teaching a new, interdisciplinary module they have co-designed for St. Andrews sub-honours students. This collaboration brings St. Marys’ Science-Engaged Theology and ITIA research to undergraduate education, covering a wide-range of disciplines, including physics, psychology, literature, film studies, metaphysics, Christian doctrine, intellectual history and aesthetics.

DI2009,  Saints and Cyborgs: The Imagination in Theology and Science introduces students to the study of science and theology, as expressed within the arts. This module is especially organised around theological and scientific ideas of what it means to be human, particularly as imagined in different artistic forms. From Aeschylus’s Prometheus Unbound to George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, with Julian of Norwich, Dante, Mary Shelley, Alister McGrath and Marshall McLuhan in between, the module engages with key questions concerning humanity’s place within the cosmos and our relationship to the divine, technology and everyday life and living.

ITIA TheoArtistry Student Researchers Reflect on the Arts and Theological Insights

With a new academic year beginning in ITIA, TheoArtistry researchers Mariah, Marjorie, and Michael consider how poetry, visual art, and photography have helped them to shape new theological insights.

Can a photographer take a snapshot of wonder? And how does creative collaboration deepen the artist-theologian’s awareness of self and others?

Check out the link, here, to read on!

Dr. Rebekah Lamb will talk on John-Henry Newman and Spiritual Ecology at Lancaster University

On Thursday, 19th of September, Dr. Rebekah Lamb will be speaking on Newman’s Idea of History as Spiritual Ecology at the Ecology and Religion in Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference, a flightless, multi-site, interdisciplinary conference hosted by Baylor University, Georgetown University, Lancaster University and the University of Washington. Conference details can be found , here.

ITIA Post-Graduates at Conference on Theology and the Arts (Cambridge University)

Our ITIA postgraduates are often traveling within the UK and far beyond, sharing their research at conferences, workshops and other events. We are delighted to spotlight five of ITIA’s students who recently took part in the ‘Theology, Creativity and the Arts’ Postgraduate Study Day, hosted by the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology at the University of Cambridge.

Participants and paper titles are as follows:

Annemarie G. Konzelman, ‘Long Play Liturgies: Capacious Forms and Religious Experience in The 1975’s Sophomore Album’

Sarah Moerman, ‘Reclaiming ‘Spirituality’: John Adams’ Agnostic Approach in Gospel According to the Other Mary

Ashley Mowers,  ”A People and Their Stories’: A Style Analysis and Gene Luen Yang’s Boxers & Saints

Jen Schmidt, ‘The Discipline of Interdisciplinarity’

Mariah Ziemer, ‘Colour, Perception and the Hue of Heaven’

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Transept at St Andrews Theology and Trauma Conference

Transept was a co-sponsor of, and contributed artwork to, the 2019 Theology and Trauma conference at the University of St Andrews. Other sponsors included the LOGOS Institute for Analytic and Exegetical Theology here at St. Mary’s.

This conference took place between 12-13 of July 2019 at Holy Trinity in St Andrews and was free for all registrants.

Further details regarding the conference can be found here.

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