Human Distinctiveness: Wisdom's Deep Evolution

Human Distinctiveness: Wisdom's Deep Evolution
6-9 July 2017

Tower Bridge In London

How can we understand the human capacity for wisdom, where did it come from, and how did it emerge? This conference is the culmination of a transdisciplinary research project supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation and led by Celia Deane-Drummond (Theology) and Agustín Fuentes (Anthropology) at the University of Notre Dame. The collaborative project between theology and evolutionary anthropology investigates the basic parameters of the evolutionary origins of human wisdom, defined as the pattern of successful complex decision-making in navigating social networks and dynamic niches in human communities. The project seeks to uncover ways of assessing and measuring the development of a distinctively human capacity for navigating social and material worlds, and to provide a concrete measurement for a kind of collaborative temporally and communicatively complex engagement with the social landscape. The research project also aims to explore how the integration of theological approaches into these questions might shape, facilitate, and change the ways these questions about human wisdom are answered.

Speakers include:  Tim Ingold, Wentzel van Huyssteen, Fiona Coward, Niels Gregersen, Karen Kilby, Jennifer French, Jeremy Kendal, Maureen Junker-Kenny, Aku Visala, and members of the project team.

The conference will be held at the Notre Dame London Global Gateway.


London Conference Poster

Registration includes evening receptions, coffee/tea breaks, and two lunches. It will close after the maximum number of participants is reached. However, interested parties may still attend the public lectures at no charge.

Early bird registration runs until 31 May.

  • Early Bird General Registration (before 31 May) - $100
  • Early Bird Graduate Student Registration (before 31 May) - $50
  • General Registration (after 1 June) - $150
  • Graduate Student Registration (after 1 June) - $100

All registered participants are responsible for their own travel, lodging, and transportation arrangements.

Register online through Notre Dame Conference Center 

Registration Deadline: 23 June 2017


University of Notre Dame (U.S.A.) in England
1-4 Suffolk Street
London, SW1Y 4HG


There is no designated hotel for general conference registrants. Participants are responsible for securing their own housing. However, a limited number of rooms are available at the Amba Hotel Charing Cross (located steps from Trafalgar Square) for the nights of 6, 7, and 8 July. The single rate is £235 (breakfast included). Please check the box indicating your interest in these rooms on your registration form if you wish to receive information


Please email with any questions.

Conference Poster Compressed PDF (266K)

The Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing is grateful for the generous support of the John Templeton Foundation and the Henkels Lecture Fund, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Letters, University of Notre Dame.