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Von Hügel Institute

for Critical Catholic Inquiry
The VHI welcomes six new Associates from October 2019

The VHI is delighted to welcome a new Senior Research Associate, Professor Johannes Hoff, and five new Research Associates, Dr Zeina Barakat, Rev Dr Isidoros Katsos, Rev Dr John McCabe, Rupert Shortt, and Professor Wojciech Szczerba.

The new members will begin their associateships on 1st October 2019 for three years. They will be officially welcomed at St Edmund's College during the Inaugural and Matriculation Ceremonies in October, along with another VHI Research Associate Professor Maria Burke, who started in April 2019.

Johannes Hoff was Professor of Systematic and Philosophical Theology (Heythrop College, University of London) and Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham. His many publications explore cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural connections on the significance of the philosophical and theological traditions for the post-confessional societies of our present time. His first English monograph, The Analogical Turn: Rethinking Modernity with Nicholas of Cusa (2013), firmly established Hoff’s position in contemporary discussions on the genealogy and future of our modern concepts of science and culture.

Zeina M. Barakat is a Jerusalem-born Palestinian scholar who holds a doctorate in reconciliation, peace, and conflict resolution studies from Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena, Germany. Her research interests include gender narratives, reconciliation, identity, forgiveness, collective memory in interreligious and political perspectives. Her first book From Heart of Stone to Heart of Flesh: Evolutionary Journey from Extremism to Moderation was published in 2017.

Isidoros Katsos has just completed his PhD at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, under the supervision of Professor Rowan Williams. He is a Fellow at the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Platonism (CCSP) and Associated Researcher at the EU ITN/ETN project ‘The History of Human Freedom and Dignity in Western Civilization.’ Prior to this he completed a PhD in Law from the Freie Universität Berlin with highest distinction and worked as a lawyer and legal expert on EU projects. 

John McCabe is Rector of St Mary’s Church Byfleet in Guildford Diocese. He completed his PhD at Chester University on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s theology of work, and he is currently the holder of an award from the International Bonhoeffer Society in support of his forthcoming book, to be entitled Bonhoeffer: Traces of Grace. 9 days in April 1945.

Rupert Shortt is the religion editor of The Times Literary Supplement and a former Visiting Fellow of Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford. The author of many books, he also contributed to a wide range of publications including The Guardian, The Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Tablet and Revista de Libros. He is currently working on a project focusing on Rowan Williams' philosophical theology since his retirement as Archbishop of Canterbury.

Wojciech Szczerba is the Rector of the Evangelical School of Theology in Wroclaw, Poland, and the editor-in-chief of the periodical Theologica Vratislaviensia. He is the author of two books on universal salvation in Greek philosophy and early Christian thought, and numerous articles on anthropology, soteriology, the Protestant traditions, and ancient philosophy and theology. Wojciech is involved in various ecumenical initiatives and interreligious dialogue, and his current research focuses on the analysis of the migration crisis from the perspective of philosophical theology.



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