Call for Papers

John Henry Newman: Scholar, Sage, Saint

20-22 September 2021 at Oriel College, Oxford

In light of the current events regarding COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the conference, “Newman as Scholar, Sage, Saint,” until 20–22 September 2021. The Call for Papers will be extended until 31 December 2020. Please consider submitting a paper proposal.

This conference is co-sponsored by Oriel College, the National Institute for Newman Studies, the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, and the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University.

The canonization of John Henry Newman in October 2019 has increased public and academic interest in him. A controversial figure during his own lifetime, Newman’s legacy remains contested by scholars. This conference will explore John Henry Newman as:

  • A Scholar: Newman influenced the academic landscape during his lifetime through his time at Oriel, his academic foundations, and his published works.
  • A Sage: Newman gained a reputation for providing reliable and wise advice early in his career—a reputation which he maintained after his reception into the Roman Church in 1845.
  • A Saint: Newman studied the lives of the saints and recommended them as exemplars of Christian behavior. Newman’s work and life invite discussion on the relationship between sanctity and saintliness.

Confirmed Speakers 

  • Frederick Aquino
  • Claus Arnold
  • Colin Barr
  • Mark Chapman
  • Christopher Cimorelli
  • Eamon Duffy
  • Jane Garnett
  • Elizabeth Huddleston
  • Serenhedd James
  • Benjamin King
  • Ryan Marr
  • Jeremy Morris
  • Peter Nockles
  • Simon Skinner
  • Roderick Strange
  • Geertjan Zuijdwegt

Click here for information about registration, rates, and accommodations.

Oriel College, Oxford University
National Institute for Newman Studies
University Church of St Mary the Virgin
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University