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 important and mysterious aspects of Christian Faith: the body. The Incarnation necessarily opens new and unexpected perspectives by which to rethink the body and the material reality; this was critically elaborated by Pope John Paul II in his Theology of the Body. These issues will be rigorously investigated in the seminars and in the keynote lectures.

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: 11th July 2014

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 14th July.

08:30h: Mass

09:15h: Breakfast

09:45h-14:00h: Courses

Seminar 1. Marta Kwaśnicka: Beauty, a Troublesome Transcendental

Seminar 2. Michał Łuczewski: Political Bodies

Seminar 3. Artur Mrówczynski – Van Allen and Aaron Riches: Theology of the Body as Theology of Resistance

Seminar 4. Mátyás Szalay: Philosophy as Bodily Transformation. Old Tradition and New Challenges

14:00h: Lunch

17:00h: Free time for Cultural visits

21:00h: Dinner

Tuesday, 2nd Sept 2014

TRACEY ROWLAND: The Magisterial Teaching of John Paul II and Benedict XVI: Keys to the Council and the Program for a Post-liberal Church

Thursday, 4th Sept 2014

JOSEF SEIFERT: Do We Have and Are an Inmortal Soul? Do We Have or Are We a Mortal Body?

  • Michał Łuczewski
  • Marcelo López Cambronero
  • Eva Martínez García

Tracey Rowland – Dean and Permanent Fellow of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family (Melbourne). She earned her doctorate in philosophy from the University of Cambridge and her Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. Research interests: theological anthropology, the development of a theology of culture, the theology of Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, twentieth century French and German theology. She is the author of “Culture and the Thomist Tradition after Vatican II” (2003), “Ratzinger’s Faith: The Theology of Pope Benedict XVI” (2008) and “Benedict XVI: A Guide for the Perplexed” (2010). Awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland (2012).

Joseph Seifert – Founding Director oh The International Academy of Philosophy in Texas (1980). An advocate of realist phenomenology, he studied under Robert Spaemann, Balduin Schwarz, Gabriel Marcel and cooperated with Karol Wojtyła. From 1973 to 1980 Seifert was Professor and Director of the doctoral program of philosophy at the University of Dallas. His extensive studies have been focused on metaphysics, epistemology and philosophical anthropology. He is the Founding Editor of an International Journal of Philosophy “Aletheia” and “Studies in Phenomenological and Classical Realism”. As a former student and philosophical heir of Dietrich von Hildebrand, he was entrusted with the posthumous publication of many of von Hildebrand’s works. Recipient of the European Union Medal of Merit.

Marta Kwaśnicka – Cultural historian, assistant professor at the Pontifical University of John Paul II, Cracow. Author of „Secondary colonisation. The Role of the villancico literary-musical form in the Evangelisation of the Moxo Indians” (2010) and co-author of “An unfinished discussion. A 19th century catholic-orthodox polemic between Ivan Gagarin SI and Alexei Khomiakov” (2008). Marta Kwaśnicka has published articles on European cultural and colonial history. Her book of essays, “Milk and Blood”, is forthcoming.

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).

Artur Mrówczyński-Van Allen – director of the Slavic Department at the International Center for the Study of the Christian Orient, ICSCO (Granada) and the director of the Publishing House Nuevo Inicio (Granada). Professor at the International Academy of Philosophy-Instituto de Filosofía Edith Stein and the Instituto de Teología „Lumen Gentium” (Granada), where he teaches Philosophy of History. He is also member of the Scientific Council of the Centro Studi Vita e Destina, Vasilij Grossman (Turin), and Consultant of the Episcopal Interreligious and Interconfessional Relations Commission of the Spanish Episcopal Conference (Madrid). His essays, articles and conferences have been published in Spanish, Polish, Russian, English and Italian. His last book is “Between the Icon and the idol. Man and state in Russian thought and literature”.

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 has published numerous translations as well as articles on friendship and conversion. Assistant editor of “Anthologie der realistischen Phänomenologie” and “Realist Phenomenology”. Author of the forthcoming book “Philosophari in Maria”.