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The primary contributors to this blog are members of Anthropos, a research group centered at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.  

Primary Contributors:


Gábor Ambrus holds a post-doctoral research position at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome and is Lead Researcher in the project “Foundational Reflections on Theology and Technology” (FORE). He is also a part-time member of the Centre of Theology, Philosophy and Media Theory (cTPM) at the Charles University in Prague, where he is responsible for the Media Theory aspect of its research and teaching.


Patrick Cooper is a director of Clergy Formation at the St. Meinrad Archabbey's School of Theology in Southwestern Indiana, USA. He defended his doctorate in Systematic Theology in Leuven in 2014, focusing upon a theological retrieval of the Brabantine contemplative theologian, Jan van Ruusbroec within contemporary, postmodern reflection. Patrick's writings engage in a constructive theological reflection with contemporary philosophy of religion, fundamental theology and the history of the mystical theological canon.

Marc De Kesel is professor of philosophy at the Saint Paul
University in Ottawa, Canada, and free research associate at the Faculty of Theology of the KU Leuven. His theological interests focus on the critical core of the monotheistic traditions, especially Christianity.  More



Yves De Maeseneer is professor of Fundamental Theological Ethics and Religious Studies at KU Leuven.  His research interests include the relationship between theological aesthetics and ethics, theology and contemporary culture, and moral theology and other theological disciplines.  More




Joe Drexler-Dreis is a doctoral researcher and co-coordinator of the Centre for Liberation Theologies at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven. His research focuses on questions regarding how theology can offer a response to the contemporary context of coloniality. Specifically, he is working on developing a decolonial theology using Frantz Fanon's praxis and theorization of love as a basis for a de-colonial theology.  More


Julia Meszaros  is a postdoctoral researcher in theological anthropology. In her doctorate she engaged in a conversation with Paul Tillich and Iris Murdoch, with a view to exploring the validity of speaking of love as selfless. Her current research interests include the relation between love and desire, and love and vision, as well as the spirituality of ordinary life.  More



Lieve Orye is currently working as a pastor in a psychiatric hospital. As honorary postdoctoral researcher in Anthropos she reflects on the question 'what does it mean to be human' in relation to pastoral theology and mental health care. With an extensive background in anthropology and a strong interest in Tim Ingold’s ‘life embracing relational anthropology’ she is currently working on a book that shows the relevance of his work for ongoing discussions within theology, such as the theology and ethnography discussions.  More

Jared Schumacher is a doctoral researcher in theological ethics at KU Leuven, where his research centers on political theology and political-theological anthropology.  Previously, he received his MDIV from Duke University's Divinity School.  Broadly speaking, he is interested in constructing an (im)political theology for the Catholic Church which is at once politically relevant, but beyond political capture.  His primary interlocutors are so-called Radical Political Theology, Charles Taylor, and William Cavanaugh.  More

Tom Uytterhoeven is a PhD student at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven. He is interested in the relation between theology and science, in particular the relation between theology and Darwinism. He is writing a dissertation on the theological significance of evolutionary theories of religion. More


Ellen Van Stichel  is a postdoctoral researcher in theological ethics. She completed a doctorate entitled Out of Love for Justice: Philosophical Ethics and Catholic Social Teaching on global Responsibilities (2010) and has since worked on definitions of justice and on the implications of a relational anthropology for social and personal ethics. She also works at a pregnancy counselling centre, and is keenly interested, therefore, in connecting academic study with ethical practice.  More