International Symposium “Diaspora, Community, Solidarity”

The title of our ninth annual Summer School and International Conference, Beyond Secular Faith is Diaspora, Community, and Solidarity.

The freedom and flourishing of many Christian as well as Muslim minorities in zones of conflict around the world are seriously compromised, oftentimes even their existence is threatened. In the post-Christian societies of the western democracies, an increasing number of Christian communities live in diaspora in a cultural, political, and economic sense.

When surveying Church-history however, diaspora communities have acknowledged the opportunity to strengthen their authentic relationship with the Incarnated Son; sharing the destiny of the One who was despised, they have deepened their Trinitarian understanding of community and political life and have thus contributed to the rebirth of a community open to dialogue and solidarity.

Our goal is to explore how the experience of living in diaspora today, for both Muslim and Christian people, illuminates the vision of a community capable of solidarity.

Following Pope Francis’s idea about the importance of building bridges with this encounter we thus seek to address these issues concerning the Muslim-Christian relationship with a global horizon and even though in the particularly rich historical context of the city of Granada.

Deadline: 31 May 2022

We invite graduate and PhD students, as well as postdoctoral researchers, to take part in the International Symposium.

Please send a short CV and a letter of intent to

If you would like to present a paper, please also send an abstract (400 words) on a topic related to the theme of the Symposium.

This year we are pleased to announce the “John Paul II Essay Prize“. Students presenting a paper at the Symposium will have the opportunity to participate in this competition. The best essay will be elected by the academic committee of the Conference presided by Ks. Dr. hab. Grzegorz Holub.

The winner will receive an award of 250€ and publication in the journal Logos i Ethos (
Logos i Ethos is a scientific peer-reviewed journal published since 1991 by the Faculty of Philosophy of the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow.


Monday 27 June 2022

  • Reception at the Seminary from 18:00h—21:00h.

Tuesday 28 June 2022

  • Inaugural Ceremony

        – Msgr. Francisco Javier Martínez Fernández, Archbishop of Granada
        – Dr. Miriam de las Mercedes Cortés Diéguez, Rector of Pontifical University of Salamanca
        – Dr. Rocco Buttiglione, Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences

  • Keynote Lectures

Wednesday 29 June – Thursday 30 June from 16.00h to 21:00h.

  • Keynote Lectures
  • Presentation of papers – Two parallel sessions

Friday 1 July evening

  • Closing ceremony
  • Closing Speech: Christian Ströbele (Department for Interreligious Dialogue – Academy of the Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart)


Wednesday 29 june – Thursday 30 june – Friday 1 July from 10:00h. to 14:00h.


– Rocco Buttiglione – Institute of Philosophy Edith Stein
– Ahmed Hassan Mohamed Ahmed – Imam, Al Azhar University, Egypt
– Miłosz Hołda – Pontifical University John Paul II, Krakow
– Alison Milbank – University of Nottingham


Mátyás Szalay (Director), Rocco Buttiglione, Rocio Daga Portillo, Michael Taylor


David Alcalde Morales, María Ángeles Corpas Aguirre, Alfonso Aguilar González, Rodrigo Guerra López, Balázs Mezei, Jarosław Jagiełło, Michał Łuczewski, Feliciana Merino Escalera, Alison Milbank, John Milbank, Timothy Mosteller, Teresa Obolevitch, Enrique Rico Pavés, Aaron Riches, Zbigniew Stawrowski, Matthias Vollet.


The program fee includes all tuition costs, meals, and your own private room with bathroom (no air conditioning).

SINGLE ROOM — €420/person
DOUBLE ROOM — €740/2 people
SYMPOSIUM ONLY—without room and board: €100/person

We offer accommodation in the Diocesan Seminary of Granada (Paseo de Cartuja, 49), where the Symposium will be held.

Accommodation for participants includes the nights of 27, 28, 29, 30 June and 1 July 2022.

Reception at the Seminary will be on Monday 27 June 2022 from 18:00h—21:00h.

Institute of Philosophy Edith Stein
Paseo de Cartuja, 49
18011 Granada, Spain
Tel. + 34 958160 978

Pontifical University of John Paul II
Faculty of Philosophy
ul. Kanonicza 9
31-002 Krakow, Poland

Pontifical University of Salamanca
C. de la Compañía, 5,
37002 Salamanca (Spain)

International Center for the Study of the Christian Orient
Plaza Alonso Cano s/n
18001 Granada, Spain

Laudato Si’ Institute
Paseo de Cartuja, 49
18011 Granada, Spain

Center of Theology and Philosophy
The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

Editorial Nuevo Inicio
C/ Libreros, 10
Granada (Spain)

Institute of Theology Lumen Gentium
Paseo de Cartuja, 49
18011 Granada (Spain)

Centre for Thought of John Paul II
ul. Foksal 11
00-372 Warszawa (Poland)

Kueser Akademie für Europäische Geistesgeschichte
Gestade 6
54470 Bernkastel-Kues, Germany