Wednesday, 11th June 2014
From 09.30 Registration
10.30 Opening of the conference
Dr. Christian Schmitz, Director of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Poland
10.35 Welcoming speech
Rolf Nikel, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Poland
10.50 Inaugural Lecture
Existential questions for European Politics
Dr. Hans-Gert Pöttering, former President of the European Parliament, Chairman of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation
11.30 The anthropological aspect of the European crisis
Europe, Christianity and the Modern Age
Prof. Rémi Brague, professor emeritus of Arabic and religious philosophy at the Sorbonne, and Romano Guardini chair of philosophy at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
The dispute over human existence. Religious freedom as an anthropological key to understanding the crisis of Europe
Prof. Zbigniew Stawrowski, Director of the Józef Tischner Institute, Kraków
Moderation: Dr. Christoph Böhr, Institute for Philosophy, Benedict XVI College, Heiligenkreuz/ Vienna, Trier
14.00 The Political Anthropology of Karol Wojtyła
Karol Wojtyła – A philosopher in the dispute over the human person in the 20th century
Rev. Prof. Alfred Wierzbicki, Director of the John Paul II Institute, Catholic University of Lublin
Karol Wojtyła’s vision of the human person and the political and social dimensions of this vision
Prof. Rocco Buttiglione, Vice-President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, Rome
Moderation: Dominika Kozłowska, Editor-in-Chief of the “Znak” periodical, Kraków
15.45 Coffee break
16.15 The Philosophical Anthropology of Karol Wojtyła
“I can only be understood from inside” Karol Wojtyła – essential features of his thought about the human person
Dr. Christoph Böhr, Institute for Philosophy, Benedict XVI College, Heiligenkreuz/ Vienna, Trier
The concept of human dignity in the thought of Karol Wojtyła
Prof. Dr. Kazimierz Rynkiewicz, Faculty of Philosophy, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich
Moderation: Prof. Arkadiusz Stempin, Tischner European University, Kraków
18.00 End of the first day
19.00 Reception in the restaurant of the Sofitel Victoria, ul. Królewska 11, Warsaw
Thursday, 12th June 2014
09.00 Karol Wojtyła’s Idea of Europe
The idea of Europe in the Thought of Karol Wojtyła
Prof. Karl-Joseph Hummel, Head of the Commission of Contemporary History, Bonn
The unrelenting European – The political vision and anthropology of Karol Wojtyła
Dr. Maciej Zięba OP, Director of the „Tertio Millennio” Institute, Warsaw
Moderation: Dr. Michał Gierycz, The Centre for Thought of John Paul II, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University, Warsaw
10.30 Coffee break
10.45 Europe on the road to self-discovery
The crisis of Europe as a crisis of European anthropology – an East-West perspective
Rev. Dr. Oleh Kindiy, Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv
European Anthropology and European Politics – a reflection on the present
Rev. Prof. Piotr Mazurkiewicz, former General Secretary of COMECE (the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community); Professor at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University, Warsaw
Moderation: Dr. Christoph Böhr, Institute for Philosophy, Benedict XVI College, Heiligenkreuz/ Vienna, Trier
12.15 Final address
Anthropological convictions and political confusion: what should direct our course of action?
Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz, Cardinal Archbishop of Warsaw
Dr. Michał Łuczewski, Deputy Director of the Centre for Thought of John Paul II, Warsaw
Dr Christoph Böhr Institute for Philosophy, High school Benedikt XVI. Heiligkreuz/ Vienna, Trier
Dr. Christoph Böhr is philosopher and publicist. He studied philosophy, German studies, history and political science at the Universities of Trier und Mainz. From 1980 he was a research associate at the University of Trier and at the Scientific Services of the Bundestag. In 2000 he received his doctorate with a thesis on the philosophy of the late German Enlightenment. Currently he teaches at the Philosophical-Theological College of Benedict XVI. Christoph Böhr was, among other JU Chairman, member of the Parliament of Rhineland-Palatinate and chairman of the CDU Rhineland-Palatinate.
Prof Dr Remi Brague Chair of Romano-Guardini, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
Rémi Brague completed his studies in philosophy and classical languages. He was comitted with research projects at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique. In 1986 he completed his doctorate in literature. He was professor at the University of Burgundy and was also a lecturer and professor of medieval philosophy at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in Paris. He is chairman of the chair of Philosophy of Religions in Europe (Guardini Chair) at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich. Prof Dr Brague was teaching assignment at the Universities of Pennsylvania, Boston, Lausanne and Cologne. In 2012 he was honored for his scientific achievements from the Joseph Ratzinger Pope Benedict XVI Foundation. Member of Institute de France. Since 2013 Sir of the legion of honour.
Prof Dr Rocco Buttiglione vice president of the Italian chamber of deputies, Rome
Prof Dr Rocco Buttiglione studied law in Turin and Rome. He became a professor of political science at the University of St. Pius V in Rome. He was also professor and vice-rector of the International Academy in Liechtenstein. He was appointed to the Papal Social Academy in 1993 and since then has been personal advisor to Pope John Paul II. He is one of the leaders of the Italian Christian Democrats.
He was many years a deputy of the Italian Chamber of Deputies. From 2008 to 2013 he was vice-president of the Parliament. 1999-2001 Member of the European Parliament. Minister for European Affairs in the cabinet of Silvio Berlusconi. In 2005 he received an honorary citizen of Lublin. In the same year he was honored by the Polish Minister of Culture with the Golden Medal „Gloria Artis”. Honorary Doctor of KUL. Author of numerous monographs, inter alia, of „The thought of Karol Wojtyla.”
Dr Michał Gierycz Centre of John Paul II., Warsaw
Dr Michał Gierycz is head of the Department of Cultural Foundations of Politics at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw (UKSW). He studied at the Institute of Political Science UKSW. In 2007 he received his doctorate at the Faculty of Journalism and Political Science at the University of Warsaw. He is also a scientific worker of the John Paul II Center. Chairman of the Catholic Association Emmanuel in Warsaw.
Prof Dr Karl-Joseph Hummel Principal of the comission of contemporary history, Bonn
Prof Dr Karl-Joseph Hummel finished his studies in history, German literature, philosophy and political science in Munich and at the University of Suxxes in the UK. In 1983 he received his doctorate in philosophy. Since 1984 he cooperates with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation for educational grant for particularly gifted pupils and students. Since 1993 he has been director of the Commission for Contemporary History Research Centre in Bonn. He is currently Honorary Professor of Church History at the University of Erfurt. In his extensive research work, Prof Dr Karl-Joseph Hummel employed, inter alia, with the history of the Catholic Church and the relationship between the church, society and state.
Dr Oleh Kindyi Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv
Dr Oleh Kindyi is vice-chairman of the Faculty of Theology at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv. He studied theology in Lviv and, inter alia, in Harvard, Ottawa, Kiev, Warsaw and Krakow. He did his doctorate in 2007 at the Catholic University of America. Priestly Formation in Washington and Lviv. His main areas of research activity include Antiquity and the Middle Ages, Patristics, Byzantine and Ukrainian history, and ecumenism. He is translator of theological and philosophical writings. Since 2001 he is member of the Conference of Byzantine Studies and a member of the North American Patristic Society. Author of numerous scientific publications.
Dr Dominika Kozłowska editor-in-chief of Znak, Cracow
Dr Dominika Kozłowska did her doctorate in philosophy at the Pontifical Academy of Theology in Krakow. As a journalist she deals with politics, religion, the Catholic Church in Poland and the cultural and social diversity in Poland and Europe. Co-editor of the magazine of the Józef-Tischner-Institute „Thinking in Values”. Since 2010 she is editor of the society and cultural monthly magazine „Znak” from Krakow.
Dr Michał Łuczewski acting principal of the Centre of John Paul II., Warsaw
Dr Michał Łuczewski is a Polish sociologist, specializing in rural issues at the University of Warsaw. In 2005-2006 Visitor scholarship at Columbia University. Chairman of the Collegium Invisibile 2004-2006. Fullbright Scholar. Researcher at the University of Warsaw. Publicist. He was also head of the scientific department of the John Paul II Centre and is now deputy director of this institution.
Prof Dr Piotr Mazurkiewicz Cardinal-Stefan-Wyszyński-University, Warsaw
Prof Dr Piotr Mazurkiewicz is a Catholic priest. From 2008 to 2012 he was Secretary General of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE). Graduated from the Technical University in Warsaw and did his dissertation at the Academy of Catholic Theology in Warsaw. His habilitation thesis in the field of political science, he defended at the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN), in which he was a member. From 2005 to 2008 he was director of the Institute for Political Science of the UKSW. Author of several scientific articles and monographs. Member of the Council of „European Society for Research in Ethics” Societas Ethica „”.
Dr Kazimierz Cardinal Nycz Metropolitan of Warsaw
In 1972 Dr Kazimierz Cardinal Nycz was ordained a deacon by Cardinal Karol Wojtyła. After he had completed his studies and earned his doctorate at the KUL. He worked at the Metropolitan Curia Office of Krakow. In1988, Nycz was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Kraków and Titular Bishop of Villa Regis. 2004 Pope John Paul II appointed him bishop of Koszalin. Since 2004 Cardinal Nycz is a member of the Permanent Council of the Polish Bishops’ Conference and is also Chairman of the Board of the Foundation work the new century. In addition, he was appointed archbishop of Warsaw in 2007. Pope Benedict XVI elevated Archbishop Nycz to the status of Cardinal in the consistory.
Dr Hans-Gert Pöttering retired chairman of the European Parliament, chairman of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation
Since the first direct elections, he is a member of the European Parliament. From 1999 to 2007 he was the leader of the EPP. He studied law, political science and history at the Universities of Bonn, Geneva and New York. After doing his Ph. D. in 1974 he worked as a research assistant at the University of Osnabrück. His political career began as a European policy spokesman of the Young Union in Lower Saxony. From 1981 to 1991 he was Chairman of the European Union Lower Saxony. Currently he is a member of the CDU Presidium. Dr Pöttering received numerous honorary doctorates from the University of Wroclaw, Opole and Olsztyn. He was awarded with the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.
Prof Dr Kazimierz Rynkiewicz Faculty of Philosophy, theory of science and religious studies, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich
Prof Dr Kazimierz Rynkiewicz is a Catholic priest. He finished his studies in philosophy and theology at the seminary in Łomża and at the Catholic University of Lublin. He received his Ph. D. at the School of Philosophy in Munich in 2001. Currently he is a lecturer at the Department of Philosophy of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University. He gives guest lectures in Warsaw and Krakow. Since 2012 he is member of the scientific advisory board of the journal „Redemptorist studies”. Prof Dr Kazimierz Rynkiewicz is the author of several articles and publications in the research field of phenomenology, ontology, aesthetics, ethics, and philosophical anthropology.
Dr Christian Schmitz Head of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Poland
Dr Christian Schmitz studied history, Romance studies and educational theory. Between 1985 and 1989 did his doctorate by Prof Dr Andreas Hillgruber. After his studies he worked as head of the Training Centre of Saarbrücken at Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS). Since 2003, he was the head of the KAS branch office in Zagreb and was in charge of Croatia and Slovenia, as well as of the office in Belgrade. From 2008 to 2011 Dr Christian Schmitz was Brandenburg State Commissioner at KAS and Head of the Training Center of Potsdam. Since 2011 he is Head of the International Office of KAS in Poland.
Prof Dr Zbigniew Stawrowski Director of the Józef-Tischner-Institute in Krakow
Prof Dr Zbigniew Stawrowski is a political philosopher and journalist. He is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw, and the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN). From 1982 to 2000 he was a student and assistant of Józef Tischner, who was a phenomenologist in Krakow. Prof Dr Stawrowski is the founder and director of Józef-Tischner-Institute in Krakow and also co-founder and lecturer at the Collegium Civitas Private College. Author of numerous scientific publications. He also writes for the monthly magazine „Znak”.
Dr hab Arkadiusz Stempin Private lecturer at the Józef-Tischner High School in Krakow
Arkadiusz Stempin finished his master’s degree in history at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. He also finished his German and history studies at the University of Freiburg, where he did his disertation and habilitate. Dr hab Arkadiusz Stempin works at the Freiburg University and at the Józef-Tischner Europe High School in Krakow. He is author of several scientific publications and is also involved in journalism for some major opinion -forming newspapers, including a biography of the German Chancellor „Angela Merkel – the European emperor”.