Postsecularización y Culturas (Cusco, 2015)
The Third Regional Congress of Comiucap for Latin America will take place in the city of Cusco (Peru) from 19-20 of November, 2015. The event is organized by the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru and is part of the ongoing Research Program of our network; it is also part of the series of events leading up to the Fifth World Congress of Comiucap to be held in Bogotá (Colombia) from 4-9 of July, 2017. The Congress of Cusco will have a true Latin-American dimension and shall be open to the participation of Scholars from other continents as well. Here the Program of the Third Regional Congress of COMIUCAP for Latin-America (Cusco, 19-20 of November, 2015). This event will be preceded by an International Seminar on Identity, Mission and Organization of the Catholic University (Lima, 16-17 of November, 2015). For further information, please, contact us. [The image here presented is of a work of art by Carlos R. Tanaka entitled «Masa Informe», 2003-2006].
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.
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 will be held at the Universidad Santo Tomás de Bogotá, in Colombia. Here more information as it becomes available.
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.
Philosophy & Human Formation (Madrid, 2014)
The fourth Congress and Regional Assembly of COMIUCAP-Europe took place at Universidad Pontificia Comillas (Madrid, Spain) from December 17-19, 2014. Here a few pictures of the event. The general topic of the Congress was Philosophy and the Future of Human Formation in Europe and the keynote Speakers were the following: Emmanuel Falque (Mécanique et mystique: Un cadre au salut); Carla Canullo (Identités traduites: Philosophie et Religions pour un nouveau Espace Européen); Markus Enders (Zur Relevanz der philosophischen Bildungs-Lehren von Romano Guardini und Gustav Siewerth für die Zukunft der menschlichen Bildung in Europe); Miguel García-Baró (Fenomenología radical y Ética). Here the complete version of the PROGRAM. A Selection of Papers presented in Madrid will be made accessible here in Formal (pre-)Publication.
Role and Mission of Philosophy Today (Roma, 2014)
On November 20, 2014 COMIUCAP celebrated the «World Philosophy Day» (an initiative of UNESCO) with an Open Dialogue on the «Role and Mission of Philosophy in a Catholic Context» at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. The written Report on this event of COMIUCAP is here accessible. Photos & Videos are also available. On the occasion, AVVENIRE published a short article titled «Attualità della Filosofia? Sapere aprire all'amicizia e al trascendente». The author of this text is Professor Francesco Tomatis, one of the participants. If you are in Facebook and would like to discuss with others this event and/or the ideas shared in the Report, please, go here.
«On the Christian Roots of Europe» (RTP, 2013)
For the most part recorded on site in places such as Subiaco, Montecassino, Assis, San Casciano, Florence and Rome in June of 2013, the documentary we present here was produced and then broadcasted by the State Television of Portugal on December 24, 2013 (RTP2) and January 2, 2014 (RTP1). The Program was produced for RTP1 by the Journalist Fátima Campos Ferreira and the Reporter of Image Carlos Oliveira under the scientific advice of João J. Vila-Chã, professor for Philosophy at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. The documentary was particularly enriched by the contribution of Professor Joseph Weiler, President of the European University Institute in Florence, and was edited by Alexandre Leandro, chief-editor at the RTP. Originally titled (in Portuguese) «O Triunfo do Espírito», the documentary was conceived as (a rather unusual form of) narrative about (the Idea of) Europe and out of the recognition that for the present as for the future of the world a confront remains unavoidable with the cultural and the religious dimension of the Idea of Europe as we know it through the media of our cultural (and philosophical) history. We are grateful to all the Institutions that in places such as Subiaco, Montecassino, Assis, Florence, San Casciano and Rome allowed the team sent by the RTP to Italy to realize the work as intended and so contributed in a decisive way to this particular (and somehow peculiar) narrative about the Idea of Europe. Moreover, while expressing our best appreciation to the RTP for in times of scarcity having decided to produce and then broadcast this documentary on the Christian Roots of Europe, we also would like to acknowledge all the other sources and contributions integrated in the present documentary, beginning with the wonderful elements present in its sound-track. The present is a non-profit initiative and has no other intention but serve the causes of Education and promote the goal of an Europe united in the pursuit of Truth, Justice and Peace. Indeed, we are convinced that the Roots of Europe need to be continuously studied and rediscovered as when we penetrate the symbolic depths of «places» such as Athens, Jerusalem and Rome and so be permanently re-integrated in ever new thoughts and narratives about the meaning of Europe. This publication, therefore, is just a call of attention to as many persons as possible so that many more citizens of Europe and of the world at large come to realize how important in the cultural configuration of our day and age is the role to be played by the «Studia Humaniora», particularly by disciplines such as Philosophy and Theology, Art and History. − For further reflection on the «Christian Roots of Europe», we also recommend the documentary (cinematographic) produced by RAI and titled Campane d'Europa - Bells of Europe (2013).