2nd International Conference on Theological Aesthetics

 “Beyond von Balthasar”


May 25-28, 2006

Westin Tabor Center, 1672 Lawrence Str., Denver, CO, USA


Thursday, May 25



5 PM




Keynote address: “Is Good Art Good for Religion?”

Frank Burch Brown, Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, IN


7 PM

Reception and dinner



Friday, May 26


Panel 1: Aesthetics of the Trinity

Organizer: Trent Pomplun, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD


9-10 AM


"What does Beauty have to do with the Trinity? From Augustine to Duns Scotus"

Oleg Bychkov, St. Bonaventure University, NY


"The Trinitarian Structure of Arguments Ex Convenientia in John Duns Scotus"

Trent Pomplun


15 min. break


10:15-11:15 AM


"Harmonious Consent: Jonathan Edwards's Trinitarian Aesthetics"

Brian Sholl, Creighton University, NE


"Masaccio's Trinity: Transcendent and Immanent Spaces"

Frederick Bauerschmidt, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD


15 min. break


11:30 AM -12:30 PM discussion


12:30-2:30 PM lunch

Panel 2: Liturgical Aesthetics


Organizer: Alex Garcia-Rivera, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley


2:30-3:30 PM


"Do this in Memory of Me: The theodramatics of the liturgy"

Alex Garcia-Rivera


"Go in Peace: Justice and the Liturgy"

Thomas Scirghi, S.J., Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley


15 min. break


3:45-4:45 PM


"Bells: A Theological-Aesthetic-Semiotics of the Liturgy"

Massimo Leone, University of Turin, Italy


"What will happen to the children?: Retrieving the Glory of the Lament in the Age of AIDS"

Kimberly Vrudny, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN


15 min. break


5-6PM 1-hour discussion period


6-8 PM dinner


8:30-9:30 (10:00)PM evening lecture and discussion

Alex Garcia-Rivera



Saturday, May 27


Panel 3: Theology in Built Environments


Organizer: Sigurd Bergmann, Department of Archaeology and Religious Studies, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim


8:30-9:00 AM


"God’s Here and Now in Built Environments. Introductory Remarks on Architecture as Theology"

Sigurd Bergmann


9:00-10:20 AM


"Sacred Places/Spaces: Tradition & Transcendence"

Michael Crosbie, Architect; Editor, Faith & Form


"The Way of Christ - The Way of Dao. Artefacts inbetween Western and Asian Religion"

Grete Refsum, Sculptor; National College of Art, Oslo


10 min break


10:30-11:10 AM


"Less is more? The modernist headquarters of the Norwegian Lutheran Home Mission Society (1935): an inspiration for aesthetic/theological reflection"

Per Anders Aas, Oslo University College


11:10 AM-12:15 PM discussion


12:15-1:30 PM lunch


1:30-2:10 PM


"The Reconstruction and Conversion of St. Maximin in Trier"

Annette Homann, Architect; Berlin/Carleton University, Ottawa


2:10-3:10 PM discussion


10 min. break


Panel 4: A Dialogue between Art Criticism and Theological Aesthetics


3:20-4:50 PM


"Text, Image, and Inscriptions in an Illustrated Manuscript of the Meditationes Vitae Christi"

Holly Flora, Museum of Biblical Art, New York


"From Narrative to Icon: Fifteenth Century Franciscan Reform and the Canonical Images of the Order"

Trinita Kennedy, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


"The Man of Sorrows and the Mendicants: The Construction of a Metaphor"

Xavier Seubert, O.F.M., St. Bonaventure University, NY


10 min. break


5-6 PM discussion and planning period


6 PM onwards

Reception and dinner



Sunday, May 28


Optional: excursions