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Shaped by Beauty: Art, Religion and Ethics in Conversation

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Heythrop College, University of London, 26-27 June 2014

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.

Thursday 26 June
9.00 – 9.30 Registration
9.30 – 9.45 Welcome and Introduction
9.45 – 10.30 Opening Address: ‘Shaped by Beauty’
Dr Peter Gallagher SJ (Head of Philosophy Department, Heythrop College)
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee
11.00 -12.00 Towards an Ethics of Musical Experience
Dr Nanette Nielsen (University of Nottingham)
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch
13.00 – 14.30 Parallel Short Paper Sessions
14.30 – 15.30 Let Our Rejoicing Rise: The Sacred Music of African-Americans
Dr Ollie Watts Davis (University of Illinois) and her students (Black Chorus)
15.30 – 16.00 Tea
16.00 – 17.00 Facilitating Life: An Ethic for Finding Music Theologically Significant
Dr. Thomas Beaudoin (Fordham University)
19.00 – 20.00 Concert: ‘Shaped by Beauty’ Lisa Radakovich Holsberg (Fordam University) and Friends

Friday 27 June
9.00 – 9.30 Registration (for those who are registering for Day 2 only)
9.30 – 10.30 ‘In Harmony with Reason’: John Duns Scotus’s Theo-aesth/ethics
Dr Oleg Bychkov (St Bonaventure University)
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee
11.00 – 12.00 Liturgy and Spiritual Formation in the Rite of the Great Church of Hagia Sophia Dr Alexander Lingas (City University London)
12.00 – 12.30 Musical Performance: ‘Chants and Hymns, Simple Songs of Faith’
Lisa Radakovich Holsberg (Fordham University)
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 15.00 Short Papers Session
15.00 – 15.30 Tea
15:30 – 16:30 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 – 17.30 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

For a full programme including around 30 short paper presentations, information about the speakers and other details please visit: www.heythrop.ac.uk/shapedbybeauty.