Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Human Dignity Study Day

5 June 2015, 10:30 - 17:45

Room 14.33, Social Sciences Building, University of Leeds

In this Section:

Colleagues are invited to an exploratory interdisciplinary study day on the concept of human dignity. There has been an explosion of philosophical interest in human dignity in recent years. The aim of this study day is to understand the ways in which the concept of human dignity is understood and deployed in diverse academic disciplines and practitioner contexts, with a view to establishing which (if any) questions about dignity have been settled and where further fruitful philosophical or theoretical contributions might be made.

The study day is free to attend but places are limited so please register your interest by emailing Kerri Woods with a brief explanation of your interest in the field, by Friday 22 May at the latest.

Modest bursaries are available to assist interested postgraduates/unwaged scholars. Please email k.woods@leeds.ac.uk to apply. Preference may be given to existing members of the Association for Social and Political Philosophy.

With thanks for generous funding from the School of Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds and the Association for Social and Political Philosophy.


The Social Sciences Building is number 82 on the campus map.

10.30 - 11:00 Tea/Coffee and registration

11:00 - 12:30  Panel 1: Cillian McBride, Alistair McFadyen and William Harnden

12:30 - 13:30  Lunch

13:30 - 15:00  Panel 2: Jonathan Cooper, Adriaan van Klinken and Simon Hope

15:00 - 15:30  Break

15:30 - 17:00 Panel 3: Matthew Noah Smith, Mary Neal and Kerri Woods

17:15 - 17:45 Closing discussion

Jonathan Cooper OBE (Chief Executive, Human Dignity Trust)

William Harnden (Director, Karen Hill Tribes Trust)

Dr Simon Hope (Philosophy, Stirling University)

Dr Cillian McBride (School of Politics, International Studies and Philsophy, Queen’s University, Belfast)

Dr Alistair McFadyen MBE (Theology and Religious Studies, University of Leeds/Part-time Police Officer)

Dr Mary Neal (School of Law, Strathclyde University)

Dr Matthew Smith (School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, University of Leeds)

Dr Adriaan van Klinken (Theology and Religious Studies, University of Leeds)

Dr Kerri Woods (School of Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds)

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