III International Summer School – Beyond Secular Faith: “RELIGION AND VIOLENCE”

Call for applications

III International Summer School – Beyond Secular Faith
21–28 June, 2015, Granada (Spain)

Organizing Institutions

Centre for the Thought of John Paul II, Warsaw
Institute of Philosophy Edith Stein, Granada
International Center for the Study of the Christian Orient, Granada
Institute of Theology Lumen Gentium, Granada

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

International Summer School

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 for applications: 4th May, 2015

A CV and a short letter of intent may be sent to the Organizing Secretary (


  • Politics of Conflict: Christian – Muslim Encounter (Monika Gabriela Bartoszewicz)
  • The Political Theology of René Girard (Michał Łuczewski)
  • Religious Violence and the Difference of Theology (Aaron Riches)
  • Religious Violence and the Difference of Theology (Mátyás Szalay)

Keynote Lecture:

ROCÍO DAGA: Violence in Islam? Origin and Development of Modern Arab Thought

Registration fee: 300€

Registration fees include accommodation, full board, course and material.

Academic Directors:
Michał Łuczewski & Mátyás Szalay

Organizing Secretary:
Eva Martínez García

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