In 2019 the International Institute for Ethics and Contemporary Issues and the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Ukrainian Catholic University inaugurated an annual international conference series within the framework of a broad theme entitled Integral Human Development in the Digital Age.
The underlying aim of the series is to bring diverse fields of study into a fruitful multidisciplinary dialogue on matters of public relevance with special reference to "integral human development" or human ecology. No one discipline or specialized domain of knowledge, however, can deal with such an extensive set of fundamental concerns. Consequently, such a topic requires a multidisciplinary approach. The specific context of such an approach here is Catholic social teaching where the general notion of integral human development is brought into a sharper focus and employed as a key concept for facing the complex challenges and opportunities involved in dignified human development and social progress today and tomorrow. This concept offers a deeply important and rich perspective on the unity of human life and experiences, the significance of authentically human relationships, and the meanings of responsibility in the shifting contexts of a rapidly emerging digital world.
The first international conference of the series elected as its inaugural theme, "Friendship in the Digital Age" .
The conference took place in Lviv at the Ukrainian Catholic University in February of
2019. The conference was dedicated to critical reflection, discussion, and a progressive articulation of the underlying anthropological intuitions and 'visions' of human beings who increasingly tend to think of themselves as immigrants in a new 'digital land' owing to rapidly emerging modes and codes of behavior and communication. The second international conference of the series, "Informational Overload, AI, and Responsibility"
, took place in February 2020. This conference was dedicated to critical reflection, discussion, and a progressive articulation of how the rapid advances of digital technologies at the beginning of the present century continue today to present unprecedented challenges to integrate these new technologies into the world of human culture, communication, and relationships.
The IIECE and the FSS is now very pleased to announce the third International Conference on Integral Human Development and the Digital Age. The conference will take place in Lviv at the Ukrainian Catholic University from 24-26 February 2021