The Power of the Word Project

In recording, presenting and interpreting human experience imaginatively, the written word becomes, for author and reader alike, a means of self-revelation and transformation.

The idea of the Power of the Word project took shape in late 2010 with the incentive to stimulate genuinely interdisciplinary work on 'the Word' in scripture, tradition, and the arts, gathering scholars from the theological and philosophical fields together with biblical scholars, literary critics, writers and other persons with an interest in this area. Soon after, The Power of the Word Project was inaugurated by Heythrop College, University of London in 2011.


Intentionally interdisciplinary and international from the outset, the project welcomes scholars and students from a variety of backgrounds, encouraging discussion of authors and texts from diverse languages and cultures and literary, philosophical and religious traditions. Our main aim is the advancement of education in the 'public square' by continuing to provide context for fruitful dialogue between literature, theology, philosophy and creative arts, through organising and promoting conferencescolloquia, lecture series and other associated events. In the near future, we hope to launch an open access online journal to complement the conference publications series

The project currently has an established core of some fifty collaborators from all over the world and an aspiration to foster new groups of scholars and creative artists worldwide to take the project forward at a local level.