Clemens Sedmak appointed professor of social ethics in Keough School of Global Affairs

Author: Renée LaReau

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Clemens Sedmak has been appointed professor of social ethics in the Keough School of Global Affairs. He also holds an appointment in the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns.

Sedmak previously was the FD Maurice Professor for Moral Theology and Social Theology at King’s College London.

He holds doctoral degrees in philosophy, theology and social theory. Born in Austria, he studied at the University of Innsbruck, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich), Maryknoll (New York) and the University of Linz. He has held multiple positions at the University of Salzburg, serving as director of the Center for Ethics and Poverty Research and chair for the Department of Epistemology and Philosophy of Religion.

Sedmak was president of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Social Ethics in Salzburg. He has been a visiting professor at the Jomo Kenyatta University in Nairobi, the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, the University of Jena in Germany, the Vienna Business University and the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.

Sedmak is the author of numerous publications in German and English, most recently “A Church of the Poor: Pope Francis and the Transformation of Orthodoxy,” where he explores Pope Francis’ global vision of the Church. He also is the author of “The Capacity to be Displaced: Resilience, Mission and Inner Strength,” the first major work to be devoted to “epistemic resilience,” or how people make use of inner resources to maintain their humanity through prolonged periods of oppression and suffering.

“The Keough School is dedicated to building a deep and diverse faculty whose scholarship and practice engage the central ethical issues shaping governance, development and poverty, war and peace, corporate social responsibility and leadership of international organizations," said Scott Appleby, the Marilyn Keough Dean of the Keough School.

“Professor Sedmak — a gifted scholar and teacher with wide-ranging erudition in philosophy and theology and a deep engagement with Catholic social tradition — will be an important voice in the Keough School discussion and debate around these issues.”

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