ESF Research Conferences

ESF-LiU Conference


Chaired by


University of UtrechtFaculty of Humanities / ethics instituteDepartment of PhilosophyUtrechtNetherlands


Guy G.StroumsaE-Mail
The Hebrew University of JerusalemFaculty of HumanitiesDepartment of Comparative ReligionCenter for the Study of ChristianityJerusalemIsrael


31 October - 4 November 2007


Klosterhotel, Vadstena, Sweden
The conference will take place at Klosterhotel in Vadstena, Sweden. Vadstena is located in the south-eastern province of Östergötland, in a lovely natural setting on the shores of beautiful Lake Vättern, offering comfortable accommodation in a historic environment. During the Middle Ages, Vadstena was the location of a catholic monastery for monks and nuns of the Birgittine order and nowadays the conference center and hotel is largely located in the same medieval buildings that were once the monastery. With 5 600 inhabitants, Vadstena is 45 km from Linköping and 330 km from Stockholm. Group transportation will be arranged from/to Linköping airport, via Linköping train station, on arrival and departure days.

Final Programme & List of accepted participants

© Utrecht University, Ethics Institute

Human Dignity is a notion of central moral, legal, political and philosophical importance, as has been widely accepted since the United Nations adopted its Universal Declaration of Human Rights nearly 60 years ago. There is much that remains unclear, however, regarding the historical roots of the notion of human dignity, its role in the history of different religions and cultural traditions, and its internal relationship to human rights. Moreover, within current debates over international justice and bioethics, both the implications of this notion and its precise content are deeply controversial.

Pathways to Human Dignity is the final conference in a series of workshops, organized by the European Science Foundation and the University of Linköping, the International Union of Academies, the UNESCO, the International Social Science Council, the International Council for Philosophy and Humanistic Studies, the Institute for Catalan Studies and the Netherlands Research School for Practical Philosophy. The conference aims to bring together the various perspectives on and debates over human dignity and to identify, from the perspectives of different disciplines, what further research is needed.

Final Programme PDF (675 KB) Last Updated 24-October-2007
List of Invited Speakers and Accepted Participants

Abstracts, Posters & Short Oral Contributions

There will be no short talks other than those listed on the final programme.

Posters can be fixed with magnets and pins onto poster panels. Poster size should be no more than 100 cm high x 70 cm wide. Use letters and drawings that can be read from approximately 100 cm distance.

List of Accepted Posters PDF (149 KB). Last Updated 24-October-2007

Group Transportation & Practical Information Guide

Detailed information on all practical aspects of the conference (access to site, registration & fee payments, accommodation, travel reimbursements...) is available from the Practical Information Guide. Please read it fully and carefully...

Practical Information Guide PDF (325 KB) Last Updated 14-September-2007 

Two buses will be arranged on arrival day from Linköping airport, via the Linköping train station, to Vadstena. The journey takes approximately 1 hour.

Bus departure times - Wednesday 31 October:
- from Linköping airport: 16.00 – 18.00
- from Linköping train station: 16.15 - 18.15

Group transportation back to Linköping will be arranged in a similar way after breakfast on the departure day.

Please note that SINGLE accommodation can only be guaranteed to invited speakers. All other participants will have to share a TWIN room. In case single rooms would become available at the time of the conference, rooms will be attributed on a “first come, first served” basis. Only the TWIN conference fee (EUR 720) should be paid to the ESF when registering. The supplement for single (EUR 160) should be paid to Vadstena Klosterhotel. Should you wish to be put on waiting list for single accommodation, please contact Ms. Chiara Orefice.

Conference Fees


What the fees cover

EUR 880

conference, meals and single room

EUR 720

conference, meals and twin OR double room

EUR 380

non-resident: conference, meals (no room)

Registration Form

All participants - including speakers & session chairs - are kindly expected to confirm their attendance (and, when applicable, to pay the conference fee) by filling in a Registration Form.
Closing date for registration & fee payment: 4 October 2007 

ESF Contact

European Science FoundationESF Conferences UnitBrusselsBelgium

Phone: +32 (0)2 533 2023
Fax: +32 (0)2 538 8486
Please quote 07-235 in any correspondence.


This conference is organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF) in partnership with Linköping University.

With Support from