Clemens Sedmak

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F.D. Maurice Chair: Professor for Social Ethics (Moral and Social Theology), King’s College London
F.M. Schmölz Visiting Professor for Social Ethics at the Theological Faculty, University of Salzburg

2017 Special Guest Lecture
We are pleased to continue the recent tradition started at ESDR2016 to feature a lecture from a prominent academic outside of skin research. We hope this lecture will create talking points throughout the annual meeting.

Date: Thursday 28 September 2017, 18.00-18.30

Lecture Title: On Conflicts: Whose Interests, Which Goods?

Research Interests

  • Social ethics with a special emphasis on poverty research, theories of justice and aspects of social exclusion, having coordinated an interdisciplinary research group on "option for the poor" at the University of Salzburg
  • Epistemology with a special focus on the relation between ethics and epistemology
  • Philosophy of religion and religious studies, with a special interest in the social dimensions of religion and epistemological questions of religion

Born in Austria in 1971, Clemens Sedmak has undertaken studies in philosophy, theology, social theory and development theory at the University of Innsbruck, the ETH Zurich, at Maryknoll (New York) and the University of Linz. After having completed doctorates in philosophy, theology and social theory, Clemens Sedmak spent two years at Chicago as a research fellow and took up a Chair for Epistemology and Philosophy of Religion at the University of Salzburg in 2001, a position he held till 2005 when he came to King's College London as FD Maurice Professor for Moral Theology and Social Theology. Clemens Sedmak has been visiting professor at the Jomo Kenyatta University in Nairobi, at the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, at the University of Notre Dame (Indiana), at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.

Selected Publications
Helmut P Gaisbauer, Gottfried Schweiger, Clemens Sedmak (2011) 'The Taxation of Wealth in Austria from a Social Ethics' Perspective' Sws-Rundschau, 51 (4), pp. 404-425.

Clemens Sedmak (2010) 'Spiritual infrastructure: memory and moral resources' Israel Affairs, 16 (4), pp. 510-534. 

Christopher Hamilton, Otto Neumaier, Gottfried Schweiger, Clemens Sedmak (2009) Facing Tragedies LIT Verlag 

Oliver Davies, Clemens Sedmak, Paul D Janz (2007) Transformation Theology London: T&T Clark