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Power of the Word 7

Theology, Philosophy and Literature in Conversation


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Marc Chagall, Introduction to the Jewish theatre

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The seventh interdisciplinary Power of the Word conference takes place in Rome from 16th to 20th September 2024.

The full conference fee is £220 for waged and those with institutional support; and £180 for unwaged and those without institutional support.  

 The registration fee includes entry to all lectures and events, a Welcome aperitivo buffet, three lunches, and tea and coffee at break times. Information regarding the conference dinner will follow for registered conference attendees. 

Details for our 2024 conference can be found on our introduction page "Power of the Word 7 - The Dramatised Word:  Theology, Philosophy and Literature in Conversation.

Participants can find details of accommodation in Rome at the above link. The conference will be held at Università Sapienza– Edificio Marco Polo sito in via circonvallazione tiburtina n.4, 00185 Roma, and begins at 15.00 on 16th September and closes at 12.30 on 20th September.

​Keynote speakers for the 2024 conference include:

  • Piero Boitani, Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at the University of Rome “Sapienza” and at the University of Italian Switzerland, Lugano.
    OPENING ADDRESS - Dramatizing the Word: Plato’s Poem 
  • Anton Bierl, Professor of Greek Philology, Ancient Greek Studies/Classics, University of Basel:
    The Dramatized Word: Electra and Orestes on Stage
  • Patrick Goujon SJ, Professor of Spiritual Theology and Dogmatic Theology at Centre Sèvres, Paris and Senior Fellow in Spirituality and Theology, Campion Hall, Oxford:
    Precarious Words: the Paradoxical Power of Prayer

  • Michael Kirwan SJ, Associate Professor, Theology in the Catholic Tradition, Director of the Loyola Institute, Trinity College Dublin
    Love's Performance: God, the World, and Dramatic Theology

  • Emma Mason, Professor of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick, UK
    Interior Drama in the Catholic Revival

  • Donatella Montini, Professor of English Language and Translation, Università la Sapienza, Rome.
    Royal Voices at Prayer in Early Modern English Texts

  • Tom Stern, Professor of Philosophy at University College London
    The History of Philosophy: A Dialogue with the Past?

  • Carol Rutter, Professor Emerita of Shakespeare and Performance Studies, University of Warwick, UK
    WORKSHOP - Shakespeare at Prayer

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