The Heythrop Institute for Religion & Society
Founded in 2003, the Heythrop Institute for Religion and Society (or HIRS) seeks to provide a place for research, reflection and action by means of projects related to the relationship of religion and society. We foster research opportunities and resources for individual researchers and groups, for churches and faith communities, for civil society organizations and for the wider public. HIRS hosts seminars, training days and conferences.
HIRS projects deploy a range of approaches fostering links between Heythrop’s core disciplines of theology and philosophy, and a range of other academic fields including history, the social sciences, Organization Studies, and healthcare.
A number of theological methodologies are made use of at HIRS. Theological Action Research (TAR) combines insights from practical theology and action research for the renewal of both theology and practice. As well as this we are home to an international research group on Catholic pastoral theology, understood as ‘reflection on ecclesial practice’. Further to this, we are currently seeking to identify the characteristics of Jesuit theological wisdom.
Our institute comprises of seven different projects, each distinctive but situated beneath the rubric of religion and society. These are as follows:
Health, Healing and Human Flourishing
The Power of the Word: Theology, Philosophy, Literature and the Arts in Conversation
REMUSProject (Religion-Mimesis-Society): René Girard’s Mimetic Theory
The Santiago Group: Pastoral Theology
Secularisation and Modernity
Scribani: The European Jesuit Network
To find out more information about seminars, conferences, training days and other events, see our events listed below.
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New thinking about Catholic educationTuesday 20th September, 9:00am to Wednesday 21st September, 5:00pm
Book launch: Ronald Knox: A Man for all Seasons
Book launch: The Church We Want and HIV and AIDS in Africa
Poets of the Four Last Things: Donne and Death
Dive Deeper: Explorations in Faith, Poetry and CultureThursday 24th November, 10:15am to Friday 25th November, 7:00pm
Poets of the Four Last Things: Herbert and Judgement
Poets of the Four Last Things: Hopkins and Heaven
Poets of the Four Last Things: Eliot and Hell