Sensation, Imagination, Culture and Vision

Big14Series of six once-monthly Wednesday lectures on 29 January, 19 February, 19 March, 30 April, 21 May and 18 June 2014.

Spirituality is often portrayed as abstract and intellectual. Yet throughout the history of Christian spirituality we find it isdeeply routed in the body. Human sensations only act as the key metaphors that help provide access spiritual ideas. They also form an integral part of what Christianity spirituality is and means. This 6-week course opens us the importance of seeing and not seeing in the Christian tradition through a variety of media. The course will offer a gentle but stimulating introduction to these ideas, helping you reflecting on how sight is used in philosophy, art and theology to enhance the Christian spiritual experience.

No prior knowledge or experience is needed. Those who have previously attended our short course on Literature, Art, Imagination and Culture may find this course of interest, as it explores ideas from within these disciplines but through the topic sensation. We hope in future years to run courses that explore how spirituality is encountered through other sensations.

Topics covered will include: Seeing the Invisible in the Christian Mystical Tradition; Cinema and Spirituality; Experiencing Medieval Church Art and Art and Spirituality from Modernity to Postmodernity.

Price  £310, includes lunch and refreshments on all six days.
Fee can be paid in two instalments.

Contact Alison Ogden for booking enquiries  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception)