International Symposium 2020



The title of our eighth annual International Symposium, Beyond Secular Faith, is The Gift of Creation: Theological Reflections on Ecology, Metaphysics and Poetry.

"On the fifth anniversary of the promulgation of Laudato Si’, the IFES proposes a profound re-examination of the Christian doctrine of the Gift character of being and creation. The gift character of being invites us to recover and deepen our study of the unity of the sciences, philosophy and the arts within the fundamental dimension of the human person as created for the Gift (to be received and given). The hope of this International Symposium is to provide a privileged forum to deepen the theological nexus of this unity and its implications to be illuminated by the light of the gift of Christ."

For seven years our international symposium has facilitated a rich and friendly theological, philosophical and cultural dialogue in freedom, in the unique setting of Granada, a breathtakingly beautiful city that lies at the historic crossroads of modernity and the Christian tradition.



Deadline: 1st April 2020

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

Students could also gain 2 ECTS or 3 credits (USA). 
For the USA credits, please contact Carmina Chapp ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) at Saint Joseph's College of Maine as soon as possible.

Please send your CV and a short letter of intent to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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


- Rocco Buttiglione -The Return of the Angels. The Ecological Turn as Conversion to the Theology of Creation and to Natural Law

- John Milbank - Theology, Ecology and the Question of Nature

- Norman Klassen - Rhetorical Styles as Real Substance: Four Interpretations of the Work of Creation

- Władysław Zuziak God's Gift of Nature and Human Responsibility


This year the accommodation will be in the Diocesan Seminary of Granada, where the Symposium will be held.
The Symposium will take place from Tuesday morning (30th June) until Friday evening (3rd July). 
Reception at the Seminary will be on the 29th June from 18:00h-21:00h. Accommodation for participants includes the night of the 29th June and the 3rd July.
The programme fee includes all tuition costs, meals and your own private room with bathroom at the Seminary.

SINGLE ROOM (29th June-4th July): 380€/person*
DOUBLE ROOM (29th June-4th July): 695€/2 people*
SYMPOSIUM ONLY: Without Room & Board: 100€/person

* Early payment discount. Payments must be made before 1st May 2020.


Mátyás Szalay (Director), Marcelo López Cambronero, Michael Taylor 


Rocco Buttiglione, Carmina Chapp, Rocío Daga, Ildefonso Fernández-Figares, Rodrigo Guerra, Jarosław Jagiełło, Michał Łuczewski, Balázs Mezei, Alison Milbank, John Milbank, Timothy Mosteller, Teresa Obolevitch, Kirsten Pinto-Gfroerer, Enrique Rico Pavés, Aaron Riches, Zbigniew Stawrowski, Matthias Vollet, David Widdicombe.


Eva Martínez García


Institute of Philosophy Edith Stein
Paseo de Cartuja, 49 
18011 Granada (Spain) 
Tel. + 34 958160 978 
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The Pontifical University of John Paul II 
Faculty of Philosophy
ul. Kanonicza 9 
31-002 Krakow, Poland

International Center for the Study of the Christian Orient (ICSCO)
Plaza Alonso Cano, s/n 
18001 Granada (Spain) 
Tel. +34 958 215 909 
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Laudato Si´ Institute
Paseo de Cartuja, 49
18011 Granada (Spain)
Tel. + 34 958160 978



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

Editorial Nuevo Inicio
C/ Libreros, 10

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

Fundación Abadia del Sacromonte
Abadia del Sacromonte s/n
18010 Granada (Spain)
Tel. +34 958 221 445 

Viajes San Cecilio
Calle Libreros, 10, 
18001 Granada (Spain)

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

The Ecclesial University Project 
60 Ethelbert Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R2G 1V7 Canada

Saint Joseph's College of Maine 
278 Whites Bridge Road
Standish, ME 04084 USA

Pontificia Università Lateranense
Piazza di S. Giovanni in Laterano, 4
0184 Roma RM, Italy

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

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