The title of our annual summer school, Beyond Secular Faith, suggests we are interested in (re)discovering and reflectively elaborating ways to overcome the limits imposed by the dominant contemporary culture. We are convinced that only a faith liberated from the conceptual restrictions and reductions (put forward by secular philosophy and theology) and centered radically on Christ can flourish in the dimension that is proper to faith, that is, in all spheres of human life.

This year the seminar is dedicated to explore one of the most ambiguous and hot debated topic of contemporary culture: The relationship between religion and violence. Are religions accidentally or essentially violent? Or on the contrary, are they or some of them the only authentic sources of peace and reconciliation? However, in discussion with other mayor religions, especially Islam, it is the Christian proposal that will be investigated from a theological, philosophical, sociological and political perspective in the seminars and in the keynote lecture.

As we experienced the summer school last year, a fruitful and amicable dialog grew in a unique way in Granada, a breathtakingly beautiful city that lies at the historic cross-roads of modernity and the Christian tradition.

Deadline: 5th June 2015

We invite graduate students and young postdoctoral researchers to take part in the Summer School.

Please send your CV and a short letter of intent to secretaria@institutoifes.es

Successful candidates will be informed by 8th June.

Each of the seminars will meet Monday through Friday (4 hours a day). Participants are required to enroll in all the seminars.

Accommodation in a lovely Villa with private swimming-pool and fantastic gardens offering sun & shade.

48 twin & double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, large conference room and chapel.

Course, material, room and full board for only 300€

08:30h: Mass

09:15h: Breakfast

10:00h-14:00h: Courses

Seminar 1. Monika Gabriela Bartoszewicz: Politics of Conflict: Christian – Muslim Encounter

Seminar 2. Michał Łuczewski: The Political Theology of René Girard

Seminar 3. Aaron Riches: Religious Violence and the Difference of Theology

Seminar 4. Mátyás Szalay: Elements to a Phenomenoñogy of Violence

14:00h: Lunch

17:00h: Free time for Cultural visits

21:00h: Dinner

Thursday, 25th June 2015

Violence in Islam? Origin and Development of Modern Arab Thought

  • Michał Łuczewski
  • Mátyás Szalay
  • Eva Martínez García

Rocío Daga – completed her PhD in Semitic Studies at the University of Granada in 1990. Three years at Cairo University with a PhD scholarship. Complementary studies of Arabic Language and Culture at the American University of Cairo. Her area of ​​specialization is Islamic law, particularly in its relationship with other religions. 1991-1993 Post doctorate at the University of Princeton, USA. Since 1994 she is an assistant professor at several universities in Germany: Frei Universität Berlin, University of Eichstätt, LMU University of Munich. In the latter, she teaches in the Religion Science Department and in the Arabic and Islam Department. She is the author of numerous publications on Islamic Law, Philosophy and Christian Arabic. She keeps in touch with universities in the Middle East, especially in Lebanon and she knows first-hand the socio-political problems in the region.

Monika Gabriela Bartoszewicz – completed her PhD in the School of International Relations at the University of St. Andrews (Scotland, UK). Her doctoral research focused on the potential terrorist threat of European converts to Islam. In 2005 Dr. Bartoszewicz was awarded a scholarship in the Centre for Transatlantic Studies in Maastricht, the Netherlands. In 2007 she was a research intern at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence and in 2009 her work was recognized with the Russell Trust Award. Dr. Bartoszewicz was also a research assistant for ESYM project and took part in British Council’s Our Shared Europe project. In 2011 Dr. Bartoszewicz carried out an independent research for Scottish Prison Services on radicalisation of European converts to Islam. From 2011 to 2013 she was appointed as the E.MA Fellow specialising in International Relations in the European Inter-University Centre in Venice (Italy). At present she is the Head of Research at the Centre for the Thought of John Paul II.

Michał Łuczewski – deputy director of the Centre for Thought of John Paul II (Warsaw), assistant professor (Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw), visiting scholar at the Centre for Social Studies (Warsaw), Columbia University (NY, Fulbright) and the Institute for Human Sciences (Vienna), an editor-in-chief of a scholarly, “antidisciplinary” journal “Stan Rzeczy/State of Things” and an editor of “44/Forty and four. An Apocalyptic Magazine”. He is co-/author of the following books: “Culture of remembrance in Poland and Germany” (2011), “Landscape value” (2011), “Eternal Nation. Pole and Catholic in the village of Żmiąca” (2012).

Aaron Riches – Professor of theology at the International Academy of Philosophy-Instituto de Filosofía Edith Stein and the Instituto de Teología „Lumen Gentium” (Granada). Aaron Riches completed his PhD at the University of Nottingham (UK) under the direction of Professor John Milbank; his area of research is at the intersection of Christology and metaphysics. He has published articles in the journals “Modern Theology”, “International Journal of Systematic Theology”, “Communio”, among others. His three-volume book on Christology in the first millennium of the Church will be published soon.

Mátyás Szalay – Assistant professor at the International Academy of Philosophy-Instituto de Filosofía Edith Stein and the Instituto de Teología „Lumen Gentium” (Granada). Mátyás Szalay completed his PhD in Philosophy at the International Academy of Philosophy in Liechtenstein and studied German Philology. He was a post doctorate student of the Pontifical University of Chile. Mr. Szalay has published numerous translations as well as articles in on topics in ethics and philosophy of religion such as friendship and conversion, fundamental attitude. He served as assistant editor of “Anthologie der realistischen Phänomenologie” (De Gruyter) and “Realist Phenomenology” (in Hungarian, together with Péter Sárkány). Author of the book “The Philosophy of Vocation” to be published by Kairosz Kiadó in Budapest. Together with Josef Seifert he is also co-author and translator of the volume “Realist phenomenology: method and attitude” (in print Szent István Kiadó, in the book-series of Fides et ratio).

Centre for Thought of John Paul II
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Institute of Philosophy Edith Stein
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International Center for the Study of the Christian Orient (ICSCO)
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