The Institute M.-Dominique Chenu (IMDC) is run by the Dominican Order as an independent centre for philosophical and theological scholarship in Berlin, Germany.
It carries the name of the French theologian and specialist on councils, Marie-Dominique Chenu OP (1895-1990). The institute is both a partner organisation (instituto associaton) of the faculty of social sciences (FASS) at the „Pontifica Università San Tommaso d’Aquino“ (PUST) in Rome, as well as a member of the Association of Dominican Universities (AGO) in Germany.
Thomas Eggensperger, Das "Institut M.-Dominique Chenu" in Berlin. Ein Alternativmodell der Dominikaner, Ordenskorrespondenz 49 (2008), 168-172.
The institute places emphasis upon:
- socio-political problems in the German, European and international context,
- systematic-theological and philosophical inquiry into the post-modern,
- reflections about contemporary figures of spirituality.
The IMDC belongs to the Dominican-led “ESPACES – Spirituality, Cultures and Society in Europe“, a Brussel-based European institute with branches in Berlin, Warsaw, Madrid, Pistoia, and Strasbourg. This interconnectedness is one of the ways in which the IMDC, inspired by the Christian faith, seeks to contribute to the future of the European project. This contribution comes to being in the appraisals carried out by the institute, of both social and political as well as ethical and spiritual dimensions.
The modus operandi within the bounds of the ESPACES-network are:
- critical reflection about ongoing processes through observation and participation in the debates of European institutes and members of civil society,
- publications relating to the areas of research mentioned above,
- thematically oriented analyses of central, relevant socio-political questions,
- seminars and congresses, contributing toward the sensitisation and further education of the distributors, mediators, and representatives of civil society,
- courses offered at diverse universities and colleges (including the Free University of Berlin, the University of Potsdam, the Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology in Münster, and the Benediktbeuern Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology.