Self and the City Conference: Political Theology and Urban Identities
|Starts:||09:00 24 Apr 2015|
|Ends:||17:00 25 Apr 2015|
|What is it:||Conferences|
|Organiser:||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
Bringing together theologians, social theorists and political activists, this two-day conference considers the relationship between cities and self-identity. Read through the lens of the Christian tradition, we will reflect on the ecclesiastical, doctrinal and political meanings produced by urban living. Key to this enterprise is an exploration of the dimorphic nature of the city. From Babylon and Rome to Jerusalem and Augustine’s De Civitate Dei, urban spaces signify both sacred possibilities and moral dangers. The early monastic movement fled from the corruptions of the city, while the role of the urban bishop was highly political. In contemporary culture these trends have been repeated in variants of both New Monasticism and 'Hipster Christianity' and 'Cafe Churches'.
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