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Von Hügel Institute

for Critical Catholic Inquiry

At the core of the VHI's innovative interdisciplinary research are our regular Research Seminars, in which Research Associates present and discuss their work. Rooted in our Research Associates' leading work in their respective fields, the seminars are designed to generate new perspectives within and across disciplines, by providing a unique context for open-ended discussion and shared exploration. 


Academic Year 2020-21

Easter Term

Adrienne Dengerink-Chaplin (MBIT), Elizabeth Powell (CCS), Philip Sheldrake (VHI): Joint Research Seminar on the topic of “Place”
Roman Cholij, Colin Williams: VHI Research Seminar


Michaelmas Term

Thana Campos: "Love and Justice" 
Flavio Comim: "Love and Human Development"
Ralf Wüstenberg and Zeina Barakàt: "Peace and Conflict Resolution"
Wojciech Szczerba: "Human Dignity and Migration"
Heidemarie Winkel: "Multiple Gender Cultures"
Luigi Gioia: "Clericalism and Sexuality"
Lent Term
Philip Sheldrake: "Cultivating Public Virtues"
William Simpson: "Physics and Hylomorphism"
Dominic Bellenger: "Benet House and its Community of Learning"
Isidoros Katsos: "Origen and Interreligious Dialogue"
Themed initiative: Perspectives on AI, Ethics and Theology
Maria Burke: "Dark vs Light: Connected Tensions in a Digitized World - Towards a Brighter Future"
Gill Goulding CJ: "‘Algor Ethics’ – The ‘Good’ Algorithm"
Gianmarco Contino: "Algorithmization of Medicine"
Umang Bhatt (Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence): "Human Machine Trust and Agency in Joint Decision-Making"

Jonathan Warner: "Other Aspects of AI: Viewing AI through the Lens of Dooyeweerd’s Theory of Modal Aspects"

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