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Religious Experience and Desire research seminar

This project, funded by the University of Notre Dame, examines the connection between religious experience and desire. The seminars will explore in various ways the hypothesis that the faculty whereby human beings apprehend the divine has an essentially desiderative dimension, and hence that religious experience is informed and infused by the desire for God. Seminars take place at both KIng's College London and Heythrop College.

Semester Two Schedule 2016-17

Tues 21 February (Heythrop College, Bellarmine Room, 4.00–6.30pm): Sophie-Grace Chappell, ‘The Dialectic of Desire: from the Euthyphro to the Symposium –and Beyond’

Tues 7 March (Heythrop College, Bellarmine Room, 2.30–6.30pm): David McPherson, ‘Deep Desires’; Iain McGilchrist, ‘Longing and Wanting’

Tues 28 March (Heythrop College, Bellarmine Room, 4.00–6.30pm): Michael Barnes, 'The Right Channelling of Desire’

Tues 9 May (Heythrop College, Bellarmine Room, 4.00–6.30pm): Talbot Brewer, ‘Desire and Creative Activity’

Sat 17 June (Heythrop College, Bellarmine Room, 10am-5pm): Religious Experience and Desire: A Symposium. For more information and to register please email

Semester One Schedule 2016-17

Refreshments 2pm, seminars 2.30pm

Tues 11 October (Heythrop College): Fiona Ellis, ‘A Disjunctive Approach to Religious Experience’

Tues 22 November (Small Committee Room, King's Building, Strand Campus, King's College London): Clare Carlisle, ‘Religious Experience, Desire, and Spiritual Practice’

Tues 6 December (Campion Room, Heythrop College): Eddie Howells, ‘Experience and Desire in Christian Mystical Perspective’

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