Addressing the Sacred


Australian Catholic University will hold Addressing the Sacred through Literature and the Arts , a conference that promises to explore the interplay between the arts and the sacred.

Registrations are now open for the conference, which features keynote speakers Rosemary Crumlin OAM, Kevin Hart and Amanda Lohrey, with some 40 papers on the sacred in architecture, film, literature, music, theology and the visual arts, delivered by academics and arts practitioners.

It is the second conference presented by The Sacred in Literature and the Arts (SLA), a community of interest that includes Australian and international writers, artists, musicians, academics, religious and members of the public.

The conference program also includes readings by Robert Adamson, Kevin Hart, Anthony Lawrence and Amanda Lohrey and workshops with Anne Benjamin ( Tanka and the Sacred: exploring mystery in miniature ), Susan Murphy (The Koan of Planetary Crisis), and Tracey Sanders (The Sacred and the Aesthetic Self: unpacking the sacred through dramatic action).

A post graduate seminar, facilitated by Kevin Hart, Tony Kelly and Angela McCarthy, will encourage interdisciplinary discussion and networking for researchers in the arts, religion and spirituality.

Two exhibitions will be on display at the Strathfield campus: a photographic exhibition, Picturing Compassion, curated by Juno Gemes and Dean Sewell, and an exhibition of woodblock prints by Ethiopian artist Falaka Yimer.

Bookings are essential, preferably by 17 July 2013.

Program, contact and registration details are available here.

Inquiries can be directed to

The conference is supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.

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What: Addressing the Sacred through Literature and the Arts Conference
When: Friday 2 August, 2.30 8.30pm and Saturday 3 August , 8.30am 6pm
Where: Australian Catholic University 25A Barker Road, Strathfield, NSW
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