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Research Seminar

During the academic year, ITIA postgraduates, faculty and guests meet each Friday from 1PM to 2.45PM, unless otherwise noted in the schedule below. This page will continue to be updated as speakers are confirmed.

This semester, the seminars will be held online. If you are not already on the ITIA Research Seminar mailing list, and you would like to join us for the seminar, please email Dr Corbett, gc63@st-andrews.ac.uk.

ITIA Seminar © Transpositions
ITIA Seminar © Transpositions

Martinmas Seminar 2020


18 – Dr Rebekah Lamb (St Andrews), Group discussion of Dietrich von Hildebrand’s Aesthetics (Vol 1). Excerpts TBC.

25 – Dr Giuseppe Pezzini (St Andrews), ‘The Cats of Queen Berúthiel: Tolkien and the Philology of Creation’.



2 – Prof. Richard Kearney (Boston College), Plenary Speaker at the ‘Art, Desire, and God ’ Conference (University of Notre Dame), with Discussion Forum.

9 (1:30-3:00 pm) – Prof. Catherine Pickstock (Cambridge), “Introduction to the Series: Metaphysics and Poetics”; Steven Toussaint (Cambridge), “Redeeming Poetics” (Metaphysics & Poetics, Joint-St Andrews and Cambridge Seminar)

16 (*This Seminar will begin at 9:30 a.m. BST) – Prof. Renée Köhler-Ryan (The University of Notre Dame Australia), ‘Not Spectacle but Self-Reflection: The Augustinian Catholic Imagination’.

Independent Learning Week (no seminar)

30 – (1pm – 2.45 pm) Karen McClain Kiefer (ITIA, St Andrews), ‘The Holy Risk of Improvisation: The Liminal Meets the Ephemeral’.



6 (1:30-3:00 pm) – Rowan Williams (Cambridge), “Negative Theology: some misunderstandings” Metaphysics and Poetics (Metaphysics & Poetics, Joint-St Andrews and Cambridge Seminar)

13 – (1pm-2.45pm) – Dr George Corbett (St Andrews), ‘Dante’s Christian Ethics: Purgatory and Its Moral Contexts (CUP, 2020)’: ITIA Book Launch and Discussion.

20 (1:30-3:00 pm) – Dr John Betz (Notre Dame), “The Metaphysical Imagination: Toward an Analogical Poetics” Metaphysics and Poetics (Metaphysics & Poetics, Joint-St Andrews and Cambridge Seminar)

27 – (1pm-2.45pm) – Prof. George Pattison (Glasgow), ‘The End of Art and the Prosaics of Love’.

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