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Extension of deadline for abstracts

Due to the continued submission of high-quality abstracts from interested doctoral candidates, the organisers have extended the deadline for receipt of abstracts until Friday December 19th, and will schedule additional conference sessions as necessary.

Prospective delegates who have not yet made submissions are welcome to send abstracts and requests for international travel bursaries to

Final decisions on abstracts will be made after the revised closing date, and delegates will be contacted with further details on Monday December 22nd.

Folger Institute support

The organisers of Unknowing are pleased to acknowledge the generous support of the Folger Institute in providing two additional travel bursaries for doctoral students attending the conference.

For further details, see the Travel & Bursaries page.

Call for Papers

The Call for Papers for Unknowing has now been issued, along with travel information.

The closing date for the submission of abstracts is December 5th, 2008. Those whose abstracts are accepted for the conference will be required to submit their full paper by April 3rd, 2009.

Workshop Facilitators Announced

Information on the two workshops taking place at the Unknowing conference, led by Dr Andrew Cole (University of Georgia) and Dr Anthony Masinton (University of York), can now be found under the Workshops tab.

AHRC Support for Unknowing

The conference organisers are delighted to announce that Unknowing has been awarded Student-Led Initiative funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Announcing the Unknowing conference

Students undertaking PhD research into any aspect of religion or theology in relation to medieval studies are invited to submit paper proposals for an interdisciplinary doctoral conference to be held at Queen’s University Belfast on May 22nd, 23rd and 24th 2009.

While the conference title “Unknowing” may be taken as stimulus for papers, it is not intended as prescriptive – possible responses might include:

  • Scholasticism and Philosophical Method
  • Orthodoxy, Heterodoxy and Heresy
  • Imagined Medievalisms in the History of Religion
  • The Role of Patristic Theology in the Middle Ages and Beyond
  • Traditions of Medieval Mysticism
  • Postmodern Theology and Critical Thought

Unknowing will follow an adapted position-and-response format, wherein up to twenty-four successful papers will be included in a printed conference handbook to be circulated among all delegates in advance. At the conference, speakers will each present a ten-minute summary of their written paper before inviting responses.

Information about the submission of abstracts will be added shortly.