Theology and the arts is one of the fastest growing fields of research and innovation for the church worldwide. Next year, DITA will mark a decade of pioneering scholarship in theology and the arts with a symposium that builds on that work and launches a fresh conversation.
Join us as we celebrate ten years, reflect on today, and look toward tomorrow with a three-day symposium on theology and the arts.
The Church, the Academy, and You.
N.T. Wright is a leading biblical scholar, former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England and current Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at St. Mary’s College in the University of St. Andrews. Wright has written over seventy books, including the multi-volume work Christian Origins and the Question of God.
Poet, translator, editor, and essayist Christian Wiman served as the editor of Poetry magazine from 2003 to 2013. A former Guggenheim fellow, he has taught at Stanford University, Northwestern University, Lynchburg College, and Yale Divinity School. Wiman is the author of numerous books of prose, and poetry, including My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer.
Micheal O’Siadhail is a full-time writer with sixteen published collections of poetry, and has given poetry readings and broadcast extensively in Ireland, Britain, Europe, and North America. He has been lecturer at Trinity College Dublin and a professor at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.
Poet-priest Malcolm Guite is Chaplain of Girton College, Cambridge, and teaches at the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. He lectures widely in England and North America on Theology and Literature and has published poetry, theology, and literary criticism, including his most recent work, Mariner: A Voyage with Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
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St. George’s Episcopal Church Arts Community
St. George’s Episcopal Church in Nashville is one of DITA’s parish partners and each summer hosts a student from DITA’s Certificate in Theology & the Arts for field education. Through the parish partnership, St. George’s has developed a longterm vision for their arts programming, especially their arts-based missional community group, and worked with DITA to host an annual art exhibition and lecture series.
New Caritas Orchestra
The New Caritas Orchestra is made up of professional musicians of faith from premiere orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Boston Conservatory, St. Louis Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, and more.
Jeremy Begbie is the inaugural holder of the Thomas A. Langford Research Professor in Theology. He teaches systematic theology, and he specializes in the interface between theology and the arts. His particular research interests are in the interplay between music and theology. Professor Begbie spends one semester each year (currently spring) at Duke Divinity School and the other semester at Cambridge. He is also senior member at Wolfson College, Cambridge, and an affiliated lecturer in the faculty of music at the University of Cambridge.
Frequently Asked Questions
When and where is DITA10 taking place?
September 5-8, 2019 at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.
Who is DITA10 for?
Registration will be open to everyone. DITA turns 10 years-old in 2019, and we want to mark that by launching a fresh conversation on theology and the arts that includes the church, artists, the academy, and you!
How do I register?
The best way to know when registration goes live is to subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.
Will DITA10 be free and open to the public?
There will be a number of public and free performances, while plenary talks, workshops, and other events will be for registered guests only.
What is the Emerging Scholars Colloquium?
Currently, there is no single gathering of rising scholars in theology and the arts, and we want to change that. The Emerging Scholars Colloquium is for doctoral students in the field of theology & the arts. Current students and scholars who have graduated in the past 5 years are invited to participate. There will be a call for papers and emerging scholars will have the opportunity to present their work. Our hope is to establish a community for the next generation of theologians working in this field.
I’m a pastor or lay person interested in the arts and the local church. What will there be for me?
Break out sessions will include the opportunity to hear from artists, pastors, and lay people like yourself who have integrated theology & the arts into the life of their local congregation. Workshops will emphasize practical questions and challenges, and you will have the chance to ask questions, spark ideas, and meet others passionate about the arts in the local church. And that’s just one part of DITA10! There will also be plenary speakers, performances, and those impromptu, wonderful conversations with new friends to which to look forward.
I’m an artist and a Christian. What will there be for me?
Sustained creative work requires community and inspiration! DITA10 will be your opportunity to connect your craft with the wider landscape of your faith as well as meet other artists like yourself. We will have plenary talks, performances, and workshops on the visual arts, music, literature, and more that feature artists like Christian Wiman, Malcolm Guite, and more.
More information about break out sessions and opportunities for artists to come!