The Faculty of Social Sciences along with the International Institute for Ethics and Contemporary Issues announces the fourth edition of the annual conference series Integral Human Development in Digital Age. The 2022 title is "Justice, Human Rights, and Common Good: Facing the Danger of Totalitarianism". The conference welcomes both discipline-specific and interdisciplinary contributions that touch on social, political, economic challenges of the trembling post-pandemic world and the ways of tackling those challenges from an ethical perspective.
Conference at a Glance
Big Questions
  • What principles constitute an adequate account of social ethics in the modern world?
  • How can we handle moral dilemmas raised by digitalization and technological advancement?
  • How can we unite these aspects—economy, education, culture, religion—to create an integral vision of human development?
  • What is the best pattern of relationship between civil society, religion, and political power?
  • How to reconcile the recognition of human rights with the advancement of common good?
  • How to tackle the notion of social justice in the times of global upheaval?
Thirty-five distinguished speakers from Ukraine, France, Germany, Lebanon, Poland, and the United States will share their insights, expertise, and experience. The conference audience, consisting of an international crowd representing various professions, will also interact with students from Ukrainian Catholic University, who will present research projects, case studies analyses, and debates.
The conference is a collaborative endeavor of universities and organizations in Europe and North America: Ukrainian Catholic University (Lviv, Ukraine); University of Notre Dame (Indiana, USA); Analytical Center of UCU (Kyiv, Ukraine): and the Catholic University Partnership members.
The program provides a variety of formats allowing our international audience to take advantage of easy digital access from various geographical locations. The conference invites you to the live panel discussion, fireside chats, interviews, student presentations, roundtables, and evening expert discussions.
IHD Series
The Conference is a part of an annual international conference series within the framework of a broad theme entitled Integral Human Development in the Digital Age. This series was inaugurated in 2019 by the International Institute for Ethics and Contemporary Issues (IIECI) and the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Ukrainian Catholic University.
The 2021 conference theme was "Poverties, Migrations, Pandemics, and the Idea of a New Social Ethics" .
The pandemic of the 21st century inevitably influenced social, political, and economic thought. It is becoming increasingly clear that humanity will have to modify the ways in which we used to function in the milieu surrounding us. Some things will have to be changed, possibly forever. Yet the pandemic has also taught us that many big questions that have been troubling us for centuries have acquired added urgency as we transition to the post-Covid world.

The extreme systemic stress has exposed the dramatic difference between those who are better off and those who are not, as evidenced in both large-scale life prospects and quotidian concerns such as occupation, education, medical care, logistics, and entertainment. Any environmental, economic or military crisis might affect all of us, but some are more vulnerable than others.

The split is as explicit in the post-industrial global West as it is in developing countries,
and it demands that we address the issue of social justice. Even more fundamentally, the perception, justification, and implementation of human rights is also being reconsidered in the light of the new kinds of tensions, such as the one between religious liberty and the freedom of conscience, on the one hand, and public safety, on the other, to name just one instance. Likewise, the devaluation of truth and the crisis of reasonable, evidence-based argument in public spaces throws shade upon the holy grail of the freedom of expression.

The problem of identifying and acknowledging the moral orientations of public officials,
opinion makers, and media outlets is begging for careful philosophical reflection,
inasmuch as "fake news" is now becoming recognized as part of the regular democratic process. Simultaneously, the need for states and transnational organizations toaccumulate more regulatory power raises concerns about totalitarian threats. How legitimate are those concerns, given that such a temptation may well be driven by the pure desideratum to further the common good and eliminate injustice? Finally, considering the possibility of present imperialist regimes utilizing the global crisis to increase geopolitical instability, we must seek to determine how liberal democratic values are to be protected.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Friday, February 25, 2022
16:30-17:00 Conference Opening
17:00-18:30 Keynote Lecture: Global Capitalism and Social Ethics of Pope Francis
18:30-19:30 Planery Session I: Moral Dilemmas of the Digitalizing World
09:00-11:00 Concurrent Session 1&2 (Mapping IHD / IHD and Religion)
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Plenary Session II: Dimensions of Integral Human Development
15:30-16:30 Student Panel I
16:30-17:00 Break
17:00-18:00 Plenary Session III: Faith and Freedom: American and Eastern European Perspectives
18:00-19:00 Roundtable: Civil Society, Politics, and Religion: Insights from Lebanon
09:00-11:00 Concurrent Session 3&4 (Implementing IHD / Pastoral Care and IHD)
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Plenary Session IV: Ethics and politics in the midst of post-totalitarian transformations
15:30-16:30 Student Panel II
16:30-17:00 Break
17:00-18:00 Plenary Session V: Judicial Independence and the Danger of Totalitarianism
18:00-19:00 Concluding Roundtable: Ethical Guidelines for Post-Pandemic World