The NZCIS Conference on Freedom was postponed twice due to Covid restrictions, and happened on 11-12 February 2022. Topic: ‘Freedom in Theology, Science and Culture‘.

Our biennial lecture Conference, 11-12 February 2022. It happened via Hybrid, so both in person at Maclaurin Chapel, Auckland, and online.

Freedom, free will and liberty are much contested ideas in philosophy, theology, science and law.
Newer discoveries in neuroscience and animal studies have only exacerbated older tensions.
Scholars from New Zealand, Australia and the UK will presented papers on Freedom:

View videos on the NZCIS Youtube channel HERE

Speakers and topics:

Dr. Nicola Hoggard Creegan (Co-Director, NZCIS) Three Movements of Freedom

Prof. John McClure (Psychology, VUW) So We Don’t Have Free Will: The Argument from (Social) Psychology.
View video HERE

Dr. Christa McKirland (Lecturer Systematic Theology, Carey) Do We Need Autonomy?

Gray Manicom (PhD Cand., in Mathematics, UoA) Would you listen to a talk on mathematics if you were free to do otherwise?
View video HERE

Dr. Cameron Surrey (Chaplain, Newman Hall) Freedom, Fate, and the Fall

Dr. John Owens SM (Lecturer in Philosophy, Catholic Theological College) Freedom and Personal Life.
View video HERE

Jaimee Poole (PhD Cand., Otago University) Condemned to be Free: An Existentialist Vision of the Problem of Freedom … on Satre. View video HERE

Dr. Yael Cameron (Lecturer, AUT) 
An Encounter with Freedom (and the Whale) and the Biblical Text
on Behalf of the Southern Ocean – “Twists and Turns in the Antarctic”.
View video HERE

Martin Samson (PhD Cand., Flinders University) The Evolution of Consciousness and the Evolution of Freedom: Love and Morality, A Physiology of Freedom.
View video HERE

Margaret Bedggood TSSF (Honorary Professor of Law, Waikato) Searching for ‘Life In Larger Freedom’: A Human Rights Perspective.
View video HERE
Margaret’s references include UN Charters:

D.T.  Everhart (PhD Cand., St Andrews) Freedom For the Other: On Christian Freedom and Group Ontology.
Andy speaks about freedom in terms of personal autonomy and caring for community.
View video HERE