John Henry Newman: Scholar, Sage, Saint

  • John Henry Newman
20 September, 2021 to 22 September, 2021
Oriel College

In light of the current events regarding COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the conference, “Newman as Scholar, Sage, Saint,” until 20–22 September 2021. The Call for Papers will be extended until 31 December 2020. Please consider submitting a paper proposal. Those who have already booked accommodation will be able to transfer their reservation to 2021.

An academic conference celebrating the canonisation of John Henry Newman

In honour of former Oriel Fellow St John Henry Newman, the National Institute for Newman Studies and Oriel College are putting together an academic conference to evaluate the contributions of John Henry Newman to scholarship and education, nineteenth-century ecclesiastical and social culture, and to analyse his legacy.

Academics and students are invited to attend. The conference will explore Newman as:

  • A Scholar: Newman influenced the academic landscape during his lifetime through his time at Oriel, his academic foundations, and his published works.
  • A Sage: Newman gained a reputation for providing reliable and wise advice early in his career—a reputation which he maintained after his reception into the Roman Church in 1845.
  • A Saint: Newman studied the lives of the saints and recommended them as exemplars of Christian behavior. Newman’s work and life invite discussion on the relationship between sanctity and saintliness. 

Confirmed speakers include

Frederick Aquino

Claus Arnold

Colin Barr

Mark Chapman

Christopher Cimorelli

Eamon Duffy

Jane Garnett

Elizabeth Huddleston

Serenhedd James

Benjamin King

Ryan Marr

Jeremy Morris

Peter Nockles

Simon Skinner

Roderick Strange

Geertjan Zuijdwegt

Call for papers

A call for papers 20 minutes in length can found here. The deadline for consideration is 31st December 2020.


Standard rate: £295

Student rate: £195

The registration fee includes attendance at all lectures, panels, lunches and dinners.


Bed and breakfast accommodation is not included in the registration fee but can be booked separately here. Please enter the event code NEWMANCONF2021 to obtain the rate for delegates.

Single room (ensuite): £92 per night

Single room (standard): £70 per night

Twin room: £152 per night


Bursaries and travel grants

Details will be available in due course.

Event Contact

(During the COVID-19 lockdown please redirect any enquiries to

Mr Ryan Blank, Conference Co-ordinator

Event Sponsors

Oriel College, the National Institute of Newman Studies,the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, and the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University