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Panel Discussion: Steiner in the Academy

This session brings together Prof. Dr. Marcelo da Veiga and Dr. Christian Clement to discuss their insights on Rudolf Steiner’s position in academia. Dr. da Veiga and Dr. Clement share a similar aim of increasing the critical academic engagement with Steiner’s work and the panel discussion explores the current presence of Steiner in the academy, as well as the barriers to introducing Steiner’s work into larger academic conversations.

Prof. Dr. Marcelo da Veiga: Institute for Education and Social Innovation, Germany

Marcelo is the founder of ibugi, and a Professor of Philosophy and Social Innovation at Alanus University. His work lies in the connection of philosophical thinking with issues of education, spiritual development, and social responsibility. Alongside this Marcelo is interested in developing, supporting and implementing projects in two main areas: social and cultural entrepreneurship, and consultancy at universities in the fields of quality assurance and the development of both study programmes and degree-awarding programmes.

E-mail: mdv@ibugi.de

Dr. Christian Clement: Brigham Young University, USA

Christian is a philosopher of German origin, living in the US and currently employed at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. His interest in anthroposophy began during his student years, with his first and second state examinations written about Steiner’s concepts of freedom and cognition. His 2005 doctoral dissertation dealt with Steiner’s Mystery Dramas, and several publications followed between 2008 and 2011 exploring an anthroposophically oriented approach to literature. Since 2013, he oversees the first critical edition of Steiner’s written works (SKA), and in 2020 he founded and now edits the peer-reviewed academic journal “Steiner Studies”.

E-mail: rcc@byu.edu