The title of our annual summer school, Beyond Secular Faith, stems from our conviction that only a faith liberated from the conceptual restraints and ideological presuppositions imposed by secular culture – a faith centered radically on Christ – can offer a word of hope and reason to human life.

This year the seminar is dedicated to explore, in this light, the difference between the sexes, the life of the family and meaning of marriage. Is marriage primarily a religious institution? What is the right relationship between the state and the family? What is the difference between Sacrament and Contract in the context of marriage and the family? What is the meaning of the body?

For the past three years we have taken part in friendly and fruitful dialogue on freedom at the summer school, in the unique setting of Granada, a breathtakingly beautiful city that lies at the historic crossroads of modernity and Christian tradition.

Deadline: 20th April 2016

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

Please send your CV and an abstract (400 words) on a topic related to the theme of the Summer School to: secretaria@institutoifes.es for the Spanish Session; and summerschool@centrumjp2.pl for the English Session.

Successful candidates will be informed by 25th April 2016.

Fantastic location in the beautiful city of Granada. Further information about the city in: http://en.granadatur.com/

For more information about the hotel, please visit

09:00h: Breakfast

10:00h-14:00h: Courses

English Courses:

14:00h: Lunch

15:00h: Free time for Cultural visits

21:00h: Dinner

  • Michał Łuczewski
  • Mátyás Szalay
  • Eva Martínez García

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.

Alessandra Gerolin – received her PhD in Philosophy from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan (2004-2007). She studied also at the University of Cambridge and the University of Nottingham under the supervision of Prof. Jeremy Morris and Prof. John Milbank. Before taking up her position as Lecturer in the History of Philosophy at the Catholic University of Milan, she held a post-doctoral research fellowship at the same university. She teaches ‘History of contemporary philosophy’ and ‘Themes and Issues in philosophy’ in the faculty of Education. She is fellow at the Centre of Theology and Philosophy at the University of Nottingham and collaborates with the Centre for the Social Doctrine of the Church, based at the Catholic University of Milan. She has published various books, including Persona, libertà, storia. Studio su Lord Acton (2009), Coscienza dell’ordine e ordine della coscienza. Il pensiero filosofico e sociale di Frederick Denison Maurice (2010), Oltre l’idea moderna di lavoro. Suggestioni filosofiche e teologiche dal pensiero anglosassone (2011), as well as articles in national and international academic journals. Her current research project focuses on a critique of ‘nomolatry’. Her interests includes the history of contemporary philosophy and political philosophy.

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.

Centre for Thought of John Paul II
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00-372 Warszawa (Poland)
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Institute of Philosophy Edith Stein
Paseo de Cartuja, 49
18011 Granada (Spain)
Tel. + 34 958160 978

International Center for the Study of the Christian Orient (ICSCO)
Plaza Alonso Cano, s/n
18001 Granada (Spain)
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Institute of Theology Lumen Gentium
Paseo de Cartuja, 49
18011 Granada (Spain)
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