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Power of the Word International Conference VI: Postponed until 30th June to 3rd July 2021, The Loyola Institute, Trinity College Dublin Ireland


Registration now open: Theology, Philosophy and Literature in Conversation

The sixth Power of the Word Conference, a collaboration between the Loyola Institute and The Power of the Word Project, will explore aspects of the ‘call of literature’, for authors and audiences alike.

How do writers and critics understand it? What does it mean to speak of a ‘vocation’ to write and what have theologians and philosophers got to say on the matter? In what sense can we speak of readers being called to literature?

However we might resolve these questions, we are still left with a profound problem. Is the spirit of literature necessarily an ‘angel of light’? Or does the call of literature sometimes prove to be a siren song?

Reading is ‘dangerous’, wrote Marcel Proust, when, ‘rather than waking us to the inner life of our soul, it tends to take its place’ (Sur la lecture,1906).The many different ways that we experience literature, as authors or readers, invite questions about discernment, authenticity, truth, beauty and much else besides.

The conference aims to explore, without geographical or chronological restrictions, the ‘call of literature’, the problems of discernment that it introduces for literary authors and their readers, and philosophers’, theologians’ and critics’ recourse to the literary.

The Conference will also include a poetry-reading event with Prof. Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin,the current Ireland Professor of Poetry.

Accommodation - GUIDELINES

Stay In The Centre of Dublin City – Attendees use promotional code (To be advised) for discounted / preferential booking

Situated just off Dublin’s main downtown shopping area, Grafton Street in the heart of the City, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, boasts over 600 guest rooms and apartments on its historical university campus. An oasis of calm in the centre of this bustling European city, the 42 acre campus includes a state-of-the-art sports centre for guests to enjoy and is perfectly located to explore the culture and vibrancy of Ireland’s capital. Trinity itself is home to some of Ireland’s greatest cultural treasures: the Book of Kells, the Old Library and the Science Gallery.

To book your accommodation at this facility, please follow this link to the booking area. Once redirected to the booking site, please enter the conference promo code (To be advised) in the relevant box. If you are experiencing any difficulties or have queries regarding the accommodation, please contact Helen Mc Mahon at

Early booking is highly recommended as the on-campus accommodation is expected to be in demand during this time.