Héctor Acero Ferrer
Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, Héctor serves as Associate Director of the Centre for Philosophy, Religion and Social Ethics (CPRSE) at the Institute for Christian Studies. Through his involvement at the CPRSE, he has contributed to two multi-year, community-based research projects that explore the impact of religion in public life. In addition to his work at CPRSE, Héctor is the Associate Director of the Msgr. John Mary Fraser Centre for Practical Theology at Regis College, an organization dedicated to bolster scholarship in the field of inter-religious dialogue.
In 2016, building on his interest in understanding how diverse religious narratives mobilize young people to social action, Héctor joined the Martin Luther University College at Wilfrid Laurier University as an Adjunct Faculty, where he teaches a course on youth engagement, social action, and inter-religious dialogue.
Héctor’s research focuses on the ways in which religious narratives, guided by Liberationist discourses, have assisted civic movements in the pursuit of social transformation for oppressed communities in Latin America. Currently, Héctor is pursuing a Ph.D. in philosophy from the Institute for Christian Studies/Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, through which he aims to identify key aspects of Liberation Theology’s contribution to the development of a distinctive understanding of the concepts of “justice” and “reconciliation” in post-colonial Latin America.