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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:

Network for Researchers in Catholic Education 
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.

Get in touch

For further information on the Heythrop Institute for Religion and Society, please contact:

Pippa Springett, Research Assistant
Heythrop Institute for Religion and Society
Heythrop College, Kensington Square
London W8 5HN

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