Cracking the World – Zebediah Rose




Cracking the World



In trying to make sense of the world, we often turn to oversimplified patterns; sometimes we become lost in these and find them cutting us off from the realities of our world and ourselves. To find our way back, we sometimes need an unexpected encounter that can break in through our mental chains. Whether we are surprised by the natural world or a work of art, by an encounter with another person or with ourselves, these breakthroughs can help us remember the world as it really is and how we fit into it. 



Zeb is studying for an MLitt in Modern Literature at St. Andrews. His academic interests include portrayals of worldview, culture, and mental health in fiction. He is particularly interested in the works of G. K. Chesterton and C. S. Lewis, along with other writers associated with them. When not studying, he enjoys reading, being outside, making music, and attempting to write poetry.


  • Karen entered the PhD program in the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts after careers in corporate management and consulting, followed by service in pastoral, social and theatre ministry. Under the supervision of Trevor Hart, she is exploring theological and theatrical contexts of ’empty space’ and general human disposition toward it, with emphasis on improvisation and Holy Saturday. Since 2017, Karen has led or advised ITIA’s Transept group, a postgraduate student-led group of multidisciplinary practicing artists. As Editor of Transpositions, she is fostering a closer partnership between Transpositions and Transept.