2024: Ever Ancient, Ever New

Fall Conference 2024

Ever Ancient, Ever New
On Catholic Imagination

de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture | Biennial Catholic Imagination Conference
October 31–November 2, 2024  |  University of Notre Dame


Men and women of faith continue to draw on the wisdom, wonder, and beauty of the evergreen Catholic tradition to inform a particular mode of understanding and engaging with the world around them. Inspired by a sacramental vision of reality, the Catholic arts in particular grapple with the mystery and meaning that permeate the created order, giving shape and expression to the transcendent.

At its 24th annual Fall Conference, the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture will consider the idea of the Catholic imagination, its enduring and inexhaustible nature, and how it continues to illumine our modern world. With a particular focus on the literary arts, this conference will explore unique expressions of the Catholic imagination in more than 150 presentations, performances, and discussions across the disciplines, including philosophy, theology, ethics, law, history, and the natural and social sciences, as well as the creative domains of film, music, theater, and the visual arts.

For this year’s Fall Conference, the de Nicola Center is pleased to partner with the Biennial Catholic Imagination Conference, which aims to enhance the understanding and appreciation of the richness and variety of contributions by Catholic artists; to explore the critical and theoretical foundations of the Catholic imagination; and to foster community and collaboration among writers and readers who share a knowledge of and respect for the Catholic tradition.

The de Nicola Center invites proposals for papers, panels, and performances via the link below by July 15, 2024. Questions? Contact Brooke Tranten (btranten@nd.edu).

Submit a Proposal

To submit a paper, panel, or performance proposal, use this link. Additional information (e.g., a more detailed proposal or CV) may be uploaded as needed via the form. For panel proposals, please include information regarding all constituent panelists and papers; only one proposal should be submitted per panel. Submissions are due by July 15, 2024.

Registration and Lodging

Registration and lodging information will be posted in late summer.


Please contact Brooke Tranten (btranten@nd.edu).

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Past Conferences

Find information regarding past conferences and lecture videos at the links below.