In cooperation with the National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” (NaUKMA), the Konrad Adenauer Foundation Ukraine and the Open Orthodox University of Saint Sophia the Wisdom
Human dignity became one of the key topics of the protests in Ukraine in 2013-2014 – the so-called “Euromaidan”. Since then, society and politics in Ukraine underwent remarkable changes, including a war in Eastern Ukraine, the annexation of Crimea by Russia, about a Million internal displaced persons, the founding of a new Orthodox church and the formation of a new political elite. The issue of human dignity remained a measure for political and social activities during these five years after the Maidan, contesting notions of dignity shaped by the Soviet past and by a secular and liberal Western Europe.
The Christian churches claim to have a unique understanding of human dignity, which shall shape societies and cultures growing on Christian roots. Yet, human dignity is also a contested issue within the churches and in the ecumenical relations – in Ukraine as well as in other societies. The conference aims to explore this current discourse on human dignity within Christian theology and its implications for particular challenges in the socio-ethical sphere, such as peace, education, economics, culture, media and church structures.