Friday, February 12th, 2016
A free public lecture at the University of Adelaide will delve into the material objects and other methods of human expression that have enabled billions of people the world over to worship the Virgin Mary.

The figure of the Virgin Mary has inspired a vast range of material objects – such as prayer beads, devotional images, dolls, religious jewellery and more – and music. Such items are associated with emotional participation by individuals and groups in prayer, meditation, procession and other forms of religious experience.

The lecture by Professor Miri Rubin (Queen Mary University of London) will offer insights into the rich world of religious materiality, developing an historical arc and presenting a case for reflection on cultural practices and the study of human emotions.

WHAT: The Virgin Mary: A History in Matter and Emotion by Professor Miri Rubin (Queen Mary University of London)
WHERE: Napier lecture theatre 102, Level 1, Napier building, North Terrace campus, University of Adelaide
WHEN: 6.00-7.00pm, Tuesday 16 February 2016
COST: Free and open to all

This event is organised by the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. For more information, visit the centre's website.

Media Contact:

Dr Claire Walker
Lecturer, Department of History
The University of Adelaide
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David Ellis
Media and Communications Officer
The University of Adelaide
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