Zapraszamy na konferencję międzynarodową: "The Dignity of Man: Human Rights and the Humanities"

Jesuit University Ignatianum in Krakow (AIK)

room 420

A colloquium in Krakow on 23rd and 24th May 2018:

The Dignity of Man: Human Rights and the Humanities 

The aim of the conference would be to show ways in which the study of the humanities promotes, and the process of the law protects, the dignity of the human person, to move away from the post-modern idea that the study of literature ‘does not solve problems or save souls', and to show how the Judaeo-Christian portrait of humanity informs both our understanding of law and the European tradition in arts and literature.

Wednesday 23rd May 2018.

9.00 Welcome from the Rector of Jesuit University Ignatianum, Professor Jozef Bremer, SJ.

9.15 Opening address from Raymond, Earl of Oxford and Asquith, President of Conference.

Edward Fitzgerald, CBE, QC: ‘International law and the Dignity of Man’.

11.00 Coffee

Gerard Kilroy, Professor, AIK, ‘I see it feelingly’: Compassion in King Lear’.

13.00 Lunch

Dariya Syroyid, dr., UCU, ‘Human dignity in the writings of Hryhorii Skovoroda’.

15.30 Coffee

Nick Havely, Professor Emeritus of York University: ‘Nostra imagine/Nostra effige: Human Dignity and Indignity in Dante’s Commedia’.

Żanna Słoniowska, novelist: ‘The Arts in times of Communist Oppression’.

19.00 Walk to Chimera restaurant, ul. Św. Anny 3

19.15 Dinner in Chimera restaurant

Thursday 24th May 2018.


Clare Asquith, Countess of Oxford:  ‘Courtroom drama: Shakespeare and the Law’.

10.45 Coffee

Marcin Baran, SJ, dr., AIK, ‘The genealogy of dignity in the work of Charles Taylor and Hans Joas’.

12.45 Lunch

Michael Scott, Emeritus Professor Glyndwr University, ‘Redemption and forgiveness in The Tempest’.

15.15 Coffee

Walter van Herck, Professor, University of Antwerp: ‘Dignity beyond autonomy’.

17.00 Break

Dariusz Dankowski, SJ, dr., AIK, ‘Human Rights and John Paul II: a useful perspective for a pluralistic society’.

Final discussion.

18.45 Valediction from the President

19.00 Walk to Klimaty Poludnia restaurant, ul. Św. Gertrudy 5 

19.15 Conference dinner in Klimaty Poludnia restaurant

English Literature Seminars in Spring to Summer, 2018

Tuesday 4.45 p.m.

10, 17, 24 April, 8, 15, 29 May, 5 June. (7 seminars)

2) "Absolutely divine!" Poetry of the English Landscape.

A seminar series on poetry which will celebrate the slender veil dividing natural beauty and the numinous. Poetry by William Cowper, John Keats, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Edward Thomas, R. S. Thomas and T. S. Eliot will be among the poets studied. This seminar is designed for doctoral and post-doctoral students, but is open to members of other universities, and to undergraduates.

Thursday 4.45 p.m.

5, 12, 19, 26 April; 10, 17 May; Conference: Wednesday and Thursday 23rd and 24th May.

1) "Shakespeare and Fellow-Feeling"

This seminar will look at passages from four plays, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear and The Winter's Tale, and examine the way the language and scenic structure in Shakespeare evokes compassion, in both characters and audience. This seminar would be open to all, and does not require previous knowledge of these plays. It is designed for post-doctoral and doctoral students, and aims to study ideas linked with the conference on 'The Dignity of Man: Human Rights and the Humanities', an examination of the links between human rights thinking and the teaching of the humanities, on 23rd and 24th May, Wednesday and Thursday. Members of other universities and undergraduates are also welcome both to the seminar and this conference. 

For information or registration, please contact:

Gerard Kilroy,
Professor, Jesuit University Ignatianum