medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture

Please note the following symposium (further details can be found at the 
following web site:

Title: Great Mystics Address the Contemporary World (A Symposium 
Sponsored by the Bristol Institute for Research in the Humanities and 
Arts, University of Bristol)
Date: Saturday, 6 March 2010
Symposium Venue: University of Bristol, Lecture Theatre 2, School of 
Humanities, 11 Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1TB, UK

10.00 -10.30 - Coffee & Registration

10.30 - 11.30: Keynote Speaker:
Prof. Emeritus Bernard McGinn (University of Chicago): 'Two Female 
Apostolic Mystics: Catherine of Siena and Madame Guyon'

11.30 - 12.15: Prof. Oliver Davies (King’s College, London): 'Negative 
Theology and the Excess of History'

LUNCH (12.15-13.55)

14.00 -1 4.45: Dr Joseph Milne (University of Kent, Canterbury): 
'Mystical Aspects of Christian Cosmology'

14.45 - 15.30: Dr. Edward Howells (Heythrop College, London): '"O 
Guiding Night!": Darkness as the Way to God in John of the Cross’ Mysticism'

TEA/COFFEE (15.30 – 16.00)

16.00 - 16.45: Prof. Tina Beattie (Roehampton): 'BLOODY WOMEN – Luce and 
Catherine answer back, but who has the last word?'

16.45 - 17.30: Dom Aidan Bellenger (Abbot of Downside): 'Benedictine 
Opening up and the Mystical Tradition.'

17.40 - 18.15: Roundtable discussion , including ‘question and answer’ 

The event is followed by dinner.
Cost (including lunch and coffee): £25 (when registering before 1 
February 2010).
Reduced student rates are available.
To download the registration form, please visit For further information, please 
email: [log in to unmask]
Organized by Anke Holdenried, University of Bristol, Historical Studies 
([log in to unmask]) and Carolyn Muessig, University of Bristol, 
Theology and Religious Studies ([log in to unmask]), and with the 
great assistance of Sam Barlow ([log in to unmask])
If you are in or near Bristol, UK 6 March 2010, the organizers would be 
delighted to see you!

Dr Carolyn Muessig
Department of Theology and Religious Studies
School of Humanities
University of Bristol
Phone: +44.(0)117.928.7763
Fax: +44.(0)117.331.7933
E-mail: [log in to unmask]

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