By HILARY DAVIES
In mid-June poets, priests, monks, philosophers, teachers and theologians gathered in the cloisters of the monastery of Sant’Anselmo in Rome. Their purpose? To examine what place wonder has in the modern world, how it has manifested itself in the traditions which have shaped Europe and the Middle East, and how contemporary writers still bear witness to its power.
The conference – its full title being “Thresholds of Wonder: Poetry, philosophy and theology in conversation” – was organized under the aegis of the Power of the Word project, based at Heythrop College, who, with the Institute of English Studies at University College London, inaugurated these meetings in London in 2011. The intention is to foster interdisciplinary dialogue between creative artists, scholars and thinkers. This year’s participants had come from Silesia, California, Argentina, Norway, Brazil, Bucharest, Tel Aviv, Galloway, London and all over Italy.