Centre for Marian Studies

University of Roehampton

Director: Dr Sarah Jane Boss
Registered Charity 1066253
Monday 21 January 2019
Saint Agnes
Assumption woodcut

The Centre for Marian Studies is a registered charity whose object is the advancement of the education of the public in all matters regarding the Virgin Mary.

The Centre was established in 1995 by members of the Marian Study Group, an informal, inter-disciplinary group of scholars with an academic interest in Marian doctrine or devotion. Since its foundation, the Centre has been building up a library and picture collection, running educational courses, supporting research, providing lecturers for outside organisations, providing help and supervision for students, and giving information to the mass media and general public.

In the future, we hope to put on exhibitions of Marian art and concerts of Marian music.

Oversight of the CMS is carried out by the Consultative Committee. The Consultative Committee members are:

  • Catherine O’Brien, Director (Department of Film Studies, Kingston University)
  • Sarah Jane Boss (University of Roehampton)
  • Simon Coleman (Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto)
  • Philip Endean, SJ (Campion Hall, Oxford)
  • Melanie Landman (University of Roehampton)
  • Andrew Louth (Durham University and Institute of Orthodox Studies, Free University of Amsterdam)
  • Chris Maunder (Department of Theology and Religious Studies, York St. John University)
  • Natalie Maunder (Shrine of Our Lady of the Crag, Knaresborough)
  • Catherine Oakes (Kellogg College, Oxford)
  • Eileen Rubery (Girton College, Cambridge)
  • Mike Russell (Independent Scholar)
  • Paul Williams (Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucestershire)

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Ladyewell. Shrine of Our Lady at Fernyhalgh, Lancashire.

Over the years, the CMS has run summer schools, study days and an MA programme. It has also run conferences on the following themes:

  • The Virgin Mary: Representation and devotion in Britain (1996)
  • Holy Wisdom in Christian tradition (1997)
  • Mary in modern Catholic theology (1998)
  • Miracles of the Virgin (1999)
  • Mary and Islam (hosted jointly with the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, 2000)
  • Black Madonnas: Discerning the meaning in the mystery (2001)
  • Nature and the Virgin Mary: Perspectives from theology and human ecology (2002)
  • The Immaculate Conception (hosted jointly with the Franciscan Study Centre, Canterbury, 2004)
  • Holy Wisdom (2006)
  • The Origins of the Cult of the Virgin Mary (2006)
  • The Cult of the Virgin Mary in Early Roman and Byzantine Christianity (2010)
  • The Continuing Temple (2012)
  • Mary and Women in Christianity and Islam (hosted jointly with the Digby Stuart Research Centre, University of Roehampton, 2013)
  • The Virgin Mary in Britain and Ireland (hosted jointly with York St John University, 2014)
  • The Mother of God in the Eastern and Orthodox Churches (hosted jointly with the Orthodox Network, 2015)