Sensation, Imagination, Culture and Vision

  • Date & Time: Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014, 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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
aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception)

Course Details:

  • Date & Time: Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014, 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Tutors:
  • Tutor: Louise Nelstrop

    • Louise Nelstrop is Programme Leader for the MA in Christian Spirituality at Sarum College. Her main research interests are medieval mysticism and practical theology, particularly as it relates to the emerging church and to healthcare.

  • Tutor: Barnabas Palfrey

    • Barnabas Palfrey is lecturer in spirituality at Sarum College. He has a wide range of theological and spirituality interests, particularly as they relate to philosophy.

  • Tutor: Ellie Pridgeon

    • Ellie Pridgeon teaches on the BA in Humanities and Arts at the University of Leicester and is a professional archivist.

  • Tutor: Rina Arya

    • Rina Arya is reader in Visual Communication at the University of Wolverhampton. Her area of expertise is the relationship between theology and art, especially post-war art

  • Tutor: Ben Pink Dandelion

    • Ben Pink Dandelion is honorary professor of Quaker Studies at Woodbrooke College and author of numerous works on Quakerism.

  • Tutor: Charles Pickstone

    • Charles Pickstone is an Anglican priest who lectures and writes widely on art and spirituality.

  • Tutor: Graham Howes

    • Graham Howes is an emeritus fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and the author of The Art of the Sacred ñ An Introduction to the Aesthetics of Art and Belief (I.B. Tauris, 2007);

  • Tutor: Roger Homan

    • Roger Homan teaches Religious Studies at the University of Brighton. Since becoming blind he has cultivated a particular interest in the visual arts. He is author of The Art of the Sublime (Ashgate, 2006).