Visiting Research Scholars
Each year we welcome a small number of academics from other institutions who wish to undertake research in Oxford as Visiting Scholars.
Visiting Research Scholars for 2009-2010
In this year we welcome:
Dr Tim Weldon
Dr Tim Weldon is Professor of Philosophy at the University of St Francis in Joliet, IL. He is the author of the textbooks Be Filled with Wonder: the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition (2006), and Subtle Wisdom: John Duns Scotus' Philosophy of the Human Person (2006). He will be resident in Oxford during Trinity term 2010, when he will be researching philosophical themes in Gothic literature.
Dr Clodagh Weldon
Blackfriars welcomes back its alumna Dr Clodagh Weldon, who did her doctoral studies at Blackfriars on the Dominican theologian, Victor White. Dr Weldon, author of Fr. Victor White OP, The Story of Jung's "White Raven", is Associate Professor of Theology at Dominican University, River Forest, in Chicago. She will be resident in Oxford during Trinity term 2010.
Prof Michael Tate AO
Blackfriars welcomes the Reverend Professor Michael Tate as a Visiting Fellow of the Hall in Michaelmas 2009. Prof Tate studied Law in Tasmania and Theology at Oxford. As Senator for Tasmania from 1978 to 1993 he chaired the Constitution and Legal Affairs Committee and Scrutiny of Bills Committee. From 1987 to 1993 he served as Federal Minister for Justice in the Australian Government. He was then Australia's Ambassador to the Hague and Holy See from 1993 to 1996, during which period he took a particular interest in the establishment of the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Ordained to the priesthood in 2000, Prof Tate has also lectured in International Humanitarian Law at the University of Tasmania. He will be working with the Blackfriars Las Casas Institute for part of his period in Oxford.
Rev Prof Javier Fiz
Fr Javier Fiz is a professor of developmental psychology at Università Europea di Roma and professor of Bioethics at the Pontifical University Regina Apostolorum. He has published extensively in the area of developmental psychology. His latest publications include: Adolescents Avoidance Scale (2008); Storytelling in orientamento: modelli e strumenti (2007); and Atteggiamento e categorizzazione degli alimenti nei pre-adolescenti (2007). Fr Fiz is a Visiting Research Scholar at Blackfriars at different points in the year, and a visiting member of the IPS Centre for Philosophical Psychology.
Dr Paul Allen
Dr Paul Allen is a member of the Department of Theological Studies at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, is the author of Ernan McMullin and Critical Realism in the Science-Theology Dialogue (Ashgate 2006), and co-author with Peter Hess of Catholicism and Science (Greenwood, 2008). He will be resident in Oxford during Hilary and Trinity terms 2010 when he will be undertaking research concerning human nature and theological ethics, looking at both the Thomist tradition and evolutionary theory.
Prof Bernd Irlenborn
The Very Revd Prof Irlenborn is Rector Magnificus at Theology Faculty of Paderborn University where he has been Professor of the History of Philosophy. He has published books (in German) on Heidegger and the Problem of Evil (2000) and on The Philosophical Doctrine of God in the Work of Richard Schaeffer (2003), as well as on Religious Convictions and Public Reason: the Role of Christianity in the Pluralistic Society (2008). His research in Oxford during Michaelmas term 2009 will focus on religious pluralism and epistemic inclusivism.
Prof Benedict Viviano OP
Prof Viviano has been New Testament Professor at the University of Fribourg, and is a former vice president of the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem where he taught for many years at the Ecole Biblique. A Dominican friar of the Chicago Province, he is the author of numerous articles and books, including The Kingdom of God in History, though his primary research interest is in the Gospel of Matthew. He will be resident at Blackfriars during Hilary and Trinity terms.