TST - Conference - Agents of Change

Agents of Change: Moral Conversion and Social Transformation

Date: Time: 09:00 Location: Online

International Virtual Conference, Utrecht, NL
Organized by the Franciscan Study Center and the Thomas Institute Utrecht at Tilburg University


  • Wednesday 29 June 2022, 15.00-21.00 (CET) / 9.00 am – 3.00 pm (EDT)
  • Thursday 30 June 2022, 15.00-21.00 (CET) / 9.00 am – 3.00 pm (EDT)
  • Friday 1 July 2022, 15.00-21.00 (CET) / 9.00 am – 3.00 pm (EDT)

Keynote speakers:

  • Fr. David B. Couturier OFM. Cap. (St. Bonaventure University)
  • Prof. Dr. Angela McKay Knobel (University of Dallas)
  • Prof. Dr. Brian Treanor (Loyola Marymount University)


This conference aims to chart the multiform phenomenon of moral conversion in Western society by

  • analyzing building blocks, sequences, and variations in ethical instances of profound change of self and identity;
  • tracing experiences and events of ethical transformation in various testimonies and fields of human existence; and
  • turning the phenomenon of moral conversion into a lens through which to view the dynamics of existential and ethical belief systems.

The conference aims to renew the understanding of the phenomenon by

  • studying its impact in the history of Western society; and
  • relating it to present discussions on ethical behavior and concern for the common good.



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