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AAR Annual Meeting
Denver, CO
November 17-20, 2018

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Origen and the Roots of "Human Freedom" and "Human Dignity" in the West Seminar

Statement of Purpose: 

The mission of the Origen and the Roots of Human Freedom and Human Dignity in the West seminar is to foster focused discussion about the philosophical and theological roots behind the modern Western conception of humans as free, valuable, and dignified beings. This seminar is particular interested in the reception of the works of Origen of Alexandria in various times and places in relation to notions of ‘human freedom’ and ‘human dignity’ in those contexts. This seminar was started members of the EU-funded “History of Human Freedom and Human Dignity in Western Civilization” project.

Call for Papers: 

The Origen and the Roots of Human Dignity and Human Freedom in the West Seminar is seeking papers that explore Origen of Alexandria’s understanding of human freedom as this understanding is expressed in the wide variety of texts written by Origen. Papers comparing and contrasting the thoughts of Origen with the thoughts of other theologians and philosophers from Plato to Augustine are also welcome. Papers, which contribute to a comprehensive and complex understanding of Origen’s understanding of human freedom in its historical, philosophical and theological context, will be preferred.

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
Comments: 
This worked well. Even I as chair did not look at the names before in the last part of the process to secure balance in gender, seniority etc.
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee