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Educating for Modern Democracy (Boston, 2017)


From November 7-10, 2017, Boston College and COMIUCAP put together a Conference on Educating for Modern Democracy: An Exploration of Philosophical and Religious Resources. The event took place under the assumption that nature and process of the democratic form of government has in recent times come under increased pressure around the world and that in a context such as the present one Institutions of Higher Education have a special role to play promoting high-level reflections not only on the nature of democracy but also on the crucial contribution that Christianity and other Religions are called to make towards the promotion of those values, including the dignity of the Human Person, without which democracies are condemned to remain incapable of sustainable and proper development. The Keynote Addresses at this conference were delivered by the following Professors: David Campbell (University of Notre Dame); Jose Casanova (Georgetown University); Judith Green (Fordham University); Charles Mathewes (University of Virginia); Eduardo Mendieta (Pennsylvania State University); Candace Vogler (University of Chicago); George Yancy (Emory University). Here the Program/Schedule and Photos of the event at Boston College.


Suarez & Practical Philosophy (São Leopoldo, 2017)


On occasion of the 400th Anniversary of the death of Francisco Suárez (Lisbon, Portugal, 25 of September of 1617), UNISINOS & COMIUCAP put together in São Leopoldo, Brasil, an International Congress dedicated to the Study of Suárez' Practical Philosophy. The event was organized by Professor Alfredo Culleton and took place at the UNISINOS from September 25-28, 2017. We expect the Proceedings to be published on due time. Commemorating Francisco Suarez, the famous «doctor eximius», events also took place in Salamanca (March 30-31, 2017); Pamplona (April, 26-28, 2017); Porto-Coimbra (June, 26-28, 2017); and at the Pontificia Università Gregoriana in Roma (October, 23-24, 2017).


World Congress and General Assembly (Bogotá, 2017)


After Paris (UNESCO, 2000), Mexico (Universidad Iberoamericana, 2004), Manila (Ateneo de Manila, 2008) and Johannesburg (St Augustine College of South Africa, 2013), the Fifth World Congress and General Assembly of COMIUCAP was held in Bogotá, Colombia, at the Universidad Santo Tomas from July 4-7, 2017. The scope of the Congress was global and aimed at bringing together scholars from around the world interested in the practices of Philosophy within a Catholic context and in order to promote the collaboration among Catholic University Institutions of Philosophy on a global scale. Most of the papers were presented in Spanish, but important contributions were also made in the other languages of COMIUCAP (English, French, Portuguese). A selection of the texts presented will be published both by PAROUSIA, the new journal of COMIUCAP, and as a book. Both the Program/Schedule of the Congress and the Book of Abstracts are here available. As clearly indicated by the Poster of the Congress, the event was held as a cooperative effort of the Facultad de Filosofia de la Universidad Santo Tomás together with the schools of philosophy of both the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and the Universidad La Salle. On the last day of the Congress (july 7, 2017), COMIUCAP held its fifth General Assembly during which the President and the other members of the Governing body of the network were elected for the term 2017-2021. Here the Report of the President and Photos of the entire event. – In Memoriam: Professor Noel Sheth SJ (1943-2017).


Philosophy in the African Context (Nairobi, 2017)


What is the role and value of philosophy in contemporary Africa? What is the relationship between philosophy and understanding within African culture? A key aspect of the discourse on philosophy in Africa entails the tendency to attribute the title 'Philosopher' to people trained in Philosophy, while ignoring other rational and critical thinkers. Such African philosophers have been left with nothing to do but be critics of the highest brow. The perceived inapplicability of philosophy is further underpinned by a resounding public 'stink eye'. While philosophy has been condemned many times in the past, the discipline has always found a role to play. What will be its role in Africa in the 21st Century? In consideration of the above questions, COMIUCAP and the The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) joined efforts towards the organization of an International Conference with the goal of seriously contributing towards a renewed discernment of the Role of Philosophy in Africa. The event took place at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (Nairobi, Kenya) from 20-22 April, 2017. Here the Program and some PHOTOS of the event. Videos of the Opening Ceremony, of the Eucharistic Celebration and of the Keynote Addresses (by Prof. Justus Mbae, Prof. Dismas A. Masolo, Prof. Joseph Agbakoba) are available here. – On occasion of the Regional Congress of COMIUCAP for Africa, Vatican Radio produced and broadcasted (in Portuguese) an Interview (here Part I) with the President of the network on his return from Nairobi. The second Part of the same Interview can be followed here.


Postsecularización y Culturas (Cusco, 2015)


The Third Regional Congress of Comiucap for Latin America took place in the beautiful city of Cusco (Peru) from 19-20 of November, 2015. The event was organized by the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú as part of the Research Program of our network. The event was also part of the activities of the network in preparation of the Fifth World Congress to be held in Bogotá (Colombia) from 4-9 of July, 2017. The Congress of Cusco was primarily destined to the participation of Latin-American philosophers and scholars working in a catholic context, and yet could also count with participants from other continents as well. The Program of the Third Regional Congress of COMIUCAP for Latin-America (Cusco, 19-20 of November, 2015) is available here. The event was preceded by an International Seminar on Identity, Mission and Organization of the Catholic University (Lima, 16-17 of November, 2015), a co-organization of Comiucap and the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú on occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Declaration Gravissimum Educationis of Vatican II and of the 25th Anniversary of Ex Corde Ecclesiae of Pope John Paul II. Here images of the events of Cusco and Lima. A selection of texts presented during the events of Lima and Cusco, will also be made available.


Civil Society and Education (Melbourne, 2015)


«Education is often criticized as being too narrowly focused on skills, capacities and the transference of knowledge that can be used in the workplace. As a result of the dominance of economic rationalism and neo-liberalism, it has become commoditized and marketed to potential customers. As a consequence, students have become consumers of an educational product and education has become an industry. As Heidegger hypothesized, this has seen a shift in the organization of educational institutions so that they are now organized along the lines of an industrial corporation. In its extreme form, this leads to an organization in which a managerial elite controls the means of production of educational products, develops new products according what to marketing modelling suggests consu­mers want to buy and discards those that are failing to sell.» Aware that educational matters are always complex and, thus, must be seen from different perspectives, COMIUCAP co-organized with the Australian Catholic University (Melbourne) an International Conference on Civil Society and Human Formation: Philosophy's Role in a Renewed Understanding of the Meaning of Education (Melbourne, 20-22 of July, 2015). Here the Program/Schedule of the event, the Book of Abstracts and a Group Photo with Participants. For more photos of the event, please, click here.


Church Renewal in a Secular Age (Rome, 2015)


The joint International Conference «Renewing the Church in a Secular Age: Holistic Dialogue and Kenotic Vision» took place in Rome from March 4-5, 2015. The event was co-organized by the Pontificia Università Gregoriana and the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy counted with the High Patronage of the Pontifical Council for Culture of the Holy See. In the Internationcal Conference participated, among others, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, Charles Taylor, José Casanova, Hans Joas, William Desmond, Tomas Halík, Robert Schreiter, Adela Cortina, Juan Carlos Scannone, Massimo Grilli, Anthony Carrol, Adriano Fabris, Peter Jonkers, William Barbieri, etc. The event at the Pontifical Gregorian University was followed by an edition of the «Cortile dei Gentili» on «La Piazza e il Tempio» with Charles Taylor, François Bousquet, José Casanova, Alessandro Ferrara e Giacomo Marramao, under the moderation of Giuliano Amato. A Report on the International Conference «Renewing the Church in a Secular Age: Holistic Dialogue and Kenotic Vision» is available here. Available are also a complete set of videos and photos for further information.

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COMIUCAP-Latin America (Cusco, 2015 & Lima, 2015) COMIUCAP-Asia/OCeania (Melbourne, 2015) COMIUCAP-Europe (Madrid, 2014) World Philosophy Day (Rome, 2014) Hope University (Liverpool, 2014) FIUC/IFCU (Madrid, 2014).

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