International Summer School and Conference 2019



The title of our seventh annual Summer School and International Conference, Beyond Secular Faith is The Whole in the Fragment: Sacramental versus Contractual Logic.

"God is Love". This wager concerning the nature of God - theological in the deepest sense - is generated, not from an idea, but from the experience of the encounter with Jesus Christ, the primordial "sacrament" of the Father. It entails not only a judgment concerning the nature of God himself but a judgment concerning the nature and meaning of reality and of our embodiment. This Love, of which reality is a sign as Jesus is the sign of the Father, is rightly qualified as semper maior, a fact always greater than our ideas and predeterminations. As such, the sign of love always breaks open our contractual logic.

This year's summer school will be an attempt to think within the horizon of this semper maior, to pose the question of the human as bound up with the Love that is God himself and the world which is the concrete sign of that Love.

For six years our summer school 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: 15th April 2019

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

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 for the Conference (besides participating in the Summer School), please send and abstract (400 words) on a topic related to the theme. Successful candidates will be informed as soon as possible.



Seminars will meet Monday through Thursday (4 hours a day). You can either choose to study for four days or you can also participate and attend a 3-day International Congress at the end of the summer course.

A key feature of the IFES Summer School is the out-of-class learning which will be an integral part of each module. All International Summer students and professors will stay in a 4 star hotel with swimming pool, near the heart of the city.

The programme fee includes all tuition costs, room and board, a comprehensive orientation and social activities.

 Download the prospectus for further information. pdf logo   


BLOCK 1 (23-28 June) - Summer School - Room & Board: 550€/person*
BLOCK 2 (27-30 June) - Conference - Room & Board: 390€/person*
BLOCK 1 & 2 (23-30 June) - Summer School & Conference - Room & Board: 695€/person*
BLOCK 3 (27-30 June) - Conference - Without Room & Board: 100€/person

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


– Marek Urban: In Search of the Whole. Between Human Thought and Eschatology 

- John Milbank: The Question of Trinitarian Ontology 

– Rocco Buttiglione: The Relative Truth of Relativism. A Philosophical/Theological Commentary of 2 Cor. 1:19-20

– Rodrigo Guerra López: Poverty and Christianity: Comprehension and Incomprehension of a Social and Religious Experience


Massimo Borghesi, Ildefonso Fernández-Figares, Alfonso García Nuño,Therese Lysaught, Balázs Mezei, Timothy Mosteller, Czesław Porebski.



Mátyás Szalay (Director), Marcelo López Cambronero, Artur Mrówczynski - Van Allen 



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, 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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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)

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 USA

Saint Joseph's College 
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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