The Body Politics of Mary Magdalen

The Body Politics of Mary Magdalen
23 November 2017, 10.00am - 24 November 2017, 8.00pm
Conference / Symposium
Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB


Thursday 23 November 2017

5.30pm: Welcome by the Director + Introduction by Joanne Anderson

Conference keynote: Penny Jolly (Skidmore College)
Addressing and Undressing the Female Body in the Magdalene Chapel at San Francesco, Assisi
Supported by the Coffin Trust, School of Advanced Study


Friday 24 November 2017

10am: Registration + Coffee

10.30am: Welcome and Introduction: Joanne Anderson (WI)

Session 1: Chair - Zoe Opacic (Birkbeck)

10.45am: Paper 1: Joan Taylor (KCL)
What did Mary Magdalen look like?

11.30am: Paper 2: Joanne Anderson (WI)
Materialising the Body of the Saint: Pilgrimage Politics and Art

12.15 - 1.30pm; Lunch (for speakers and chairs only)

Session 2: Chair - Rose Marie San Juan (UCL)

1.30pm: Paper 3: Diane Apostolos-Cappadona (Georgetown)
An 'athlete of God' or simply naked?: The Magdalene in the Wilderness from Isenbrandt to Etty

2.15pm: Paper 4: Francesco Ventrella (Sussex)
Morelli's Magdalen and the Sexual Politics of Reading

Tea/Coffee - all delegates

Session 3: Chair - Rose Marie San Juan (UCL)

3.30pm: Paper 5: Lucy Bolton (QMUL)
Beautiful repentant whore: Mary Magdalen, Movie Star.

4.15pm: Paper 6: Henrietta Simson (Slade School of Art, UCL)

The Implications of Absence: Mary Magdalen and the Wilderness Landscape

5pm: Roundtable chaired by Michelle O'Malley (WI)

6.15 - 7.30pm: Magdalena. A Portrait in Song of One of Christianity''s Most Beloved Sinners
Joglaresa. Director: Belinda Sykes


Refreshments provided. 

Ticket options 2 and 3 include attendance of the recital by Joglaresa (see programme). If you are unable to stay for the recital please email
Priority is given to conference delegates. However, if you are interested in attending the recital only please email 

Supported by the Coffin Trust, School of Advanced Study


Jane Ferguson
020 7862 8910