Event Details

'Shaped By Beauty': Art, Religion, and Ethics in Conversation

26 June 2014 to 27 June 2014 10:00

Category: College

A two day international conference at Heythrop College, University of London

Shaped by Beauty

This international conference organised by Heythrop College, University of London and the Theology Department of Fordham University, New York aims at fostering an exciting conversation among our chosen disciplines concerning the human person and society.

The conference seeks to explore the human being as a subject observing, listening and responding to art. It enquires into how images, sounds and cultural memories shape our religious, spiritual and ethical lives and considers the distinctive potential of art, religion and ethics to open up new transformative spaces for human beings.


A detailed conference programme is available to download here. (.pdf)

Thursday 26 June

9.00  Registration

9.30 Welcome and Introduction

9.45 Opening Address: ‘Shaped by Beauty’

Dr Peter Gallagher SJ (Head of Philosophy Department, Heythrop College)

10.30 Coffee

11.00 Towards an Ethics of Musical Experience

Dr Nanette Nielsen (University of Nottingham)

12.00 Lunch

13.00 Parallel Short Paper Sessions

14.30 Let Our Rejoicing Rise: The Sacred Music of African-Americans
Dr Ollie Watts Davis (University of Illinois) and her students (Black Chorus)

15.30 Tea

16.00 – 17.00 Facilitating Life: An Ethic for Finding Music Theologically Significant
Dr. Thomas Beaudoin (Fordham University)

19.00 – 20.00 Musical Performance: 'Chants and Hymns, Simple Songs of Faith'
Lisa Radakovich Holsberg (Fordam University), followed by drink reception

Friday 27 June

9.00 Registration (for those who are registering for Day 2 only)

9.30  'In Harmony with Reason': John Duns Scotus’s Theo-aesth/ethics
Dr Oleg Bychkov (St Bonaventure University)

10.30 Coffee

11.00 Liturgy and Spiritual Formation in the Rite of the Great Church of Hagia Sophia
Dr Alexander Lingas (City University London)

12.00 'Creating Form out of Chaos: Race for the Sky and 9/11'
Lisa Radakovich Holsberg (Fordham University)

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Short Papers Session

15.00 Tea

15:30 Religion and Art: The Opiate of the Masses, or the Salvation of the World?
An Orthodox Christian Perspective
Dr Davor Dzalto (The American University of Rome)

16.30 Seeking a Joy Ever New: The Arts in Pope Francis' New Evangelization
Dr Maureen O’Connell (La Salle University, Philadelphia)

17.30 - 17.45 Closing of the conference with a short panel discussion
(chaired by Dr Anna Abram, Heythrop College), followed by wine reception


To register, please download and complete the form below. Completed forms should be returned to:


Conference Officer (SHAPED BY BEAUTY), CAMPUS SERVICES, Heythrop College, University of London, Kensington Square, London W8 5HN


Shaped by Beauty registration form (.pdf)


The conference fees are as follows:

£60 for two days or £30 per day.  Lunch and refreshment are included;


If you are looking for accommodation close to the conference venue, rooms are available at:

More House Student Hostel, 53 Cromwell Rd, London SW7 2EH
Tel: 020 7584 2040


The conference will be held at Heythrop College, University of London, Kensington Square, London W8 5HN. For directions on getting to the College, please visit our How to Find Us page.


For further enquiries please contact Dr Joseph Gabor: j.gabor@heythrop.ac.uk

A conference poster may be downloaded here. (.pdf)

Page Updated: Friday, September 26 2014