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Seeing Silence: Interdisciplinary perspectives symposium

Silence is a historical novel. Written by Shusaku Endo (1923-1999), one of Japan’s foremost novelists, the book offers an absorbing, albeit bleak, meditation on the inability of the seventeenth century Jesuit mission to establish religious change on Japanese soil. It allows us to explore the possibilities and pitfalls when conversion seems fruitless. The book has recently been made into a movie, directed by Martin Scorsese and is currently screening in New Zealand.
Participants are encouraged to view the movie prior to the Symposium.
This symposium presents a range of disciplinary perspectives on the themes of Silence. It will include a viewing of a recent interview with Martin Scorsese in which he talks about the movie and about his Christian faith.

Richard Goodwin: Silence and Presence: The sacramental style in film
Roy Starrs: The meeting of Buddhism and Christianity in Silence
Steve Taylor: Seeing Silence as Cinema
Lynne Taylor: Our Being becomes us: practising Ignatian Spirituality and becoming Christian
John England: A Deeper Faithfulness than Martyrdom
Linda Zampol D’Ortia: Jesuit mission in Japan

To Register your interest in attending the Symposium please send an email to The deadline for registration is Tuesday, March 14th.

This event is a programme of the Christianity and Cultures in Asia series, sponsored by Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership, the Otago University Department of Theology and Religion, and the Presbyterian Research Centre.

Date Wednesday, 1 March 2017
Time All Day Event
Audience Public,Alumni,All University
Event Category Humanities
Event Type Symposium
DepartmentTheology & Religion
LocationCastle C Seminar Room
Contact NameMurray Rae
Contact Phone64 3 479 5393

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