Second webinar of the HEST Ecology Cluster

On June 8, the second Webinar of the HEST cluster on Ecology and Environmental Challenges took place. Once again Andreas Carlgren chaired the session.

This time, we took advantage of the gathering to continue the reflection on Laudato Si (led by Stefan Einsiedel) and to discuss the details of the future research project of the cluster (led by Richard Maroun).
Regarding the latter, two topics were revealed as the most consensual ones for the group, i.e. solid waste/food waste and air pollution/transportation.

We decided to leave the decision open for the time being and take it in our next webinar. In order to inform this important decision, a survey will be developed and distributed to collect information about the preferences and concrete expertise of the cluster member regarding these topics.

Next webinar will be on Friday, October 5th, from 13:00 to 15:00.


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Vulnerability and autonomy: the cluster in Anthropology reflects in Krakow


In May 23-25, six professors of philosophy met during three days in Krakow for a workshop on Anthropology (one of the Clusters of HEST). Laura Rizzerio (UNamur), Magdalena Kozak, Celina Kisiel-Dorohinieka, Andrzej Gielarowski, Robert Grzywacz, S.J. (Ignatianum, Krakow) and Guilhem Causse, S.J. (Centre Sèvres, Paris) shared their researches on anthropology, specifically about the inseparable relationship between vulnerability and autonomy. During the evening, Robert showed us the wanders of the City of Krakow, and Tomasz Homa, S.J., Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy of the Ignatianum, invited us to discover some culinary specialties. The last morning, we prepared an International Conference that will take place in December in Namur.

Guilhem Causse

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The cluster on MIgrations meets in Bilbao

The Migrants and Refugees Cluster met, between the 3rd and 4th of March, at Deusto University (Bilbao, Spain). Six leading European Institutions were represented which provide complementary views, experiences and competences: Human Rights Institute (Deusto University -  Bilbao, Spain), Migrations and Refugees Research Center (Comillas Pontifical University – Madrid, Spain) JRS Belgium, Global Studies Center from Munich, Jesuits University Ignatiatum from Poland and Escuelas SAFA from Ubeda (Spain). A review regarding the general state of HEST programme and the new goals to achieve for 2019 was presented. Three experts were invited to discuss the situation about how migrants and refugees are dealing with social integration in Europe.

Miguel González (Ellacuría Foundation and JSM/JRS) started explaining his national and international experience in community-based initiatives and the project “I get you”. Gonzalez focused on defining and discussing main concepts such as stereotypes related to migration in the current context in Europe, prejudices, racism and discrimination. Moreover, the discussion addressed why populist movements and ideologies in Europe have gained such strength lately.

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HEST Economy, Poverty and Ethics Cluster Update

Following the third round of meetings in Madrid, March 1-2, 2018

Across Europe, the Society of Jesus maintains a large network of higher-education institutions and social-policy centres which every day educate tens of thousands of young people and scrutinize untold government proposals and policy initiatives. The HEST initiative (Higher Education for Social Transformation) seeks to mobilise this network of research bodies so as to challenge realities on the ground by advocating for constructive change founded on solid research. Going beyond an expression of our collective social responsibility, HEST is an attempt to put flesh and bones on one of the hallmark slogans of the Jesuit approach to life – that we should be men and women for others.

Seven research clusters have been established that seeks to direct this wealth of researching talent towards the issues that are most pressing in Europe today.

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First webinar of the HEST Ecology Cluster

During their in-person meetings in Madrid and Bonn, the members of the Ecology Cluster developed a clear idea about their favorite way of working together: they wanted to preserve the good team spirit, the close interaction and intense discussions, but at the same time they felt it was necessary to reduce the travel cost for both the participants and the environment. For that reason they decided to intenify their cooperation via three online workshops (or webinars) and one personal meeting per year.

The first of these webinars took place on March 9th. After José Carlos Romero had guided the group through the technical details of the webinar and the HEST website, the group focused on two issues: sharing their personal reflections on “Living Laudato Si“ and – based on these findings – how to continue with their action plan and research projects. During the personal reflections, it became clear that Pope Francis` encyclica is not so much a roadmap that explains what must be done in order to save the environment, but a precious orientation how to do it. The participants decided to collect further feedback on “Living Laudati Si“ and to elaborate these findings as they can serve as a valuable orientation for both researchers and activists, for clergy men, politicians and concerned citizens alike. 

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