Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Non-Nuclear Peace

Call for papers for international workshop
on 23-25 May 2018 in Antwerp (Belgium)
deadline for submission: 3 December 2017

On 23-25 May 2018 UCSIA organizes an international academic workshop on 
Non-Nuclear Peace at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.

UCSIA is organising a series of three workshops to examine the problem of peace in light of contemporary global political and cultural conditions. What meaning does peace have today and what practices and institutions are taken to embody it? Does global public opinion value peace or does it favor the comfort of security?

A first workshop will analyze the vitality and viability of the current state of pacifism. This second workshop will focus on the future of the role of nuclear weapons in world politics. Nuclear weapons are often perceived as stabilizing instruments in international politics, especially in the nine possessor states as well as their non-nuclear allies. The most important criticism vis-à-vis nuclear weapons is probably that the use of nuclear weapons would be contrary to the major principles of international humanitarian law (discrimination, proportionality, … ). Because of their destructive capacity, their use is generally (except by the nuclear-armed states) regarded as illegitimate. Due to the so-called Humanitarian Initiative of 123 states and many NGO's, UN multilateral negotiations have been started up and concluded in 2017 to ban nuclear weapons. The nuclear-armed states and their allies, however, are still not convinced of the usefulness of a Ban Treaty despite their disarmament obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. They refer to the humanitarian and security aspects related to nuclear weapons. The advocates of the Humanitarian Initiative and the Ban Treaty respond that nuclear weapons provide more insecurity than security. The effects of the use of nuclear weapons - let alone a nuclear war - will likely be felt beyond the borders of a single state.
Confirmed guest lecturers:
  • Daniel H. Deudney, Associate Professor of Political Science, International Relations and Political Theory, Johns Hopkins University (USA)
  • Patricia M Lewis, Research Director International Security, Chatham House (UK)
  • Harald Müller, Executive Director (ret), Peace Research Institute & Professor Emeritus of International Relations, Goethe University Frankfurt (Germany)
  • Casper Sylvest, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Southern Denmark
  • Nina Tannenwald, Faculty Fellow, Watson Institute & Director of the International Relations Program (USA)
The workshop consists of a two-day international meeting with specialized lectures and presentations and debates by invited senior and junior scholars. The aim is to offer a platform to scholars to present their research on the topic and exchange their ideas on research findings. Such a meeting may open up new multidisciplinary horizons to think about the topic. Presentations can summarize empirical research outcomes, but also historical, conceptual, methodological related contributions are welcomed for submission.
Researchers, doctoral students, and other experts are welcome to submit their application until 3 December 2017. Full details on
Organizing committee:
  • Tomas Baum, Director, Flemish Peace Institute
  • Etienne De Jonghe, former Director, Pax Christi International
  • Jorg Kustermans, Tenure Track Professor, Research Group International Politics, Dept. of Political Science, University of Antwerp
  • Tom Sauer, Head of the Research Group International Politics, Dept. of Political Science, University of Antwerp
  • Wim Smit, Director-General of Wereld Missie Hulp
  • Luc Braeckmans, Professor of Philosophy, University of Antwerp and Director of Academic Affairs, UCSIA
  • Dominiek Lootens, Theologian, Deputy Director of Academic Affairs, UCSIA
  • Barbara Segaert, Scientific Coordinator, UCSIA
Contact: Barbara Segaert, Project Coordinator,, T +32 (0) 3 265 45 94
More information:

Vincent Pallotti Institute Autumn Series - 2017

Every Thursday

9:30 A.M. TO 12:00 P.M.

“Each Christian and every community must discern the path that the Lord points out, but all of us are asked to obey his call to go forth from our own comfort zone in order to reach all the ‘peripheries’ in need of the light of the Gospel.” (Pope Francis)

Peripheries, a key word in the Ponti cate of Pope Francis, signi es "going to the boundaries,”“going to the outskirts,” "going beyond our own comfort zone to reach out to others," especially those who are socially marginalized. This includes not only those who experience real poverty but intellectual and spiritual poverty as well. Going to the peripheries also means to stretch one’s mind and heart to the limits, to have the courage and boldness to explore new realities.

19 October

Peripheries in Our Lives

Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi, Director, Anglican Centre in Rome and the Representative of the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Holy See

09 November

On the Peripheries: Exploring the Paths to Nuclear Zero 

Drew Christiansen, S.J.,Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Global Human Development, Senior Research Fellow, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Georgetown University
Carole Sargent, Ph.D.,Founding Director, Office of Scholarly Publications, Georgetown University
(Scholar of early-modern Women Political Writers, currently engaging Catholic Women Religious and Nuclear Disarmament)

26 October

Peripheries in the Sky

Guy Consolmagno, S.J., Director, Vatican Observaroty


16 November

Jewish-Christian Relations: from the Centre to the Periphery, from the Periphery to the Centre

Rabbi Joseph Levi,Former Head of the Jewish Community of Florence
Philipp G. Renczes, S.J.,Professor, Pontifical Gregorian University
(co-sponsored by Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies, Pontifical Gregorian University)

02 November

The Last Periphery: Death?

Edmund Power, OSB, Former Abbot of Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls


23 November

Peripheries in our Cities

Thomas H. Smolich, S.J., International Executive Director, Jesuit Refugee Service
For registration and information, please contact us
The Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas
Largo della Sanità Militare, 60, Roma 00184, Italia
T. +39 06 772 6761
F. +39 06 772 676 235

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Know our new Rector Magnifico!

Michał Paluch, O.P.: Curriculum vitae

  • 14 March 1967 – born at Jarocin (Poland)
  • 1982–1986 – studies at the State Secondary School of Music in Poznań (Poland)
  • 1986–1987 – a year of studies in the piano class at the Academy of Music in Katowice
  • 1987–1988 – Dominican novitiate in Poznań
  • 1988–1995 – studies at the Dominican House of Studies of the Polish Province in Cracow, completed Master’s degree (Diploma) in dogmatic theology prepared under the guidance of prof. Zofia Włodek on the subject "Pojęcie nicości w koncepcji stworzenia z niczego św. Tomasza z Akwinu [The Concept of Nothingness in the Concept of Creation out of Nothing according to St. Thomas Aquinas]
  • 10 June1995 – ordination to the priesthood
  • 1995–1996 – pastoral work at Prudnik (Poland)
  • 1996–2000 – doctoral studies in the history of dogmatic theology in Fribourg (Switzerland) under the guidance of J. -P. Torrell that was completed with the dissertation: ”Profundum amoris divini sustinet nos. Evolution de la doctrine de la prédestination dans l’œuvre de saint Thomas d’Aquin”
  • 30 April 2001 – defence of the doctoral dissertation at the University of Fribourg
  • Since 2001 – a lecturer in the Dominican House of Studies of the Polish Province in Cracow
  • 2002–2010 – Director of the Thomistic Institute in Warsaw
  •  2010–2013 – President (rector) of the Dominican House of Studies of the Polish Province in Cracow
  • 26 June 2013 – habilitation in philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw
  • 2013–2014 – a research scholar at the Institute for Church Life (Notre Dame University)
  • 2014 – 2017 Regent of studies of the Polish Dominican Province, a lecturer at the Pontifical Faculty of Theology in Warsaw
  • 2017 – Rector Magnifico of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Rome).





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