Home Page

Post-Secularism, Pluralism and Democracy (Bogotá, 2017)


The Challenges of Babel: Post-Secularism, Pluralism and Democracy

Los desafíos de Babel: Postsecularismo, Pluralismo y Democracia

Les défis de Babel: Post-sécularisme, Pluralisme et Démocratie

Fifth World Congress of Comiucap • Quinto Congreso Mundial de la Comiucap • Cinquième Congrès Mondiale de la Comiucap Universidad Santo Tomas, Bogotá, Colombia, 4-9 of July, 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 in Bogotá at the Universidad Santo Tomás and in close association with the Universidad Javeriana and of the Universidad LaSalle, as well as with the collaboration of other Institutions of Higher Learning present in the country of Colombia. On occasion of the passing of the first centenary since its foundation, the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú will be a special Guest of Honor of the Fifth World Congress and General Assembly of COMIUCAP in 2017 on the occasion of the commemoration of the first hundred years of this important Catholic Athenaeum in South America. The scope of the Congress is global and aims the bringing together and the increased colaboration among Catholic University Institutions of Philosophy active around the world. Papers can be presented in any of the official languages of COMIUCAP (English, Spanish and French), plus Portuguese as the official language of Brazil, the largest country in Latin-America. As we take for granted the existence of a strong relation between pluralism and secularity, the V World Congress of COMIUCAP is guided by the desire to analyse and understand the incidence of religious beliefs and practices in the political participation that is required by the rules of contemporary democracy. Here the official Call for Papers. [Español] [Français] [Deutsch] [Português].

Objectives and Thematic Areas

In the context of the relations between pluralism and secularism, the Congress aims at a deeper understanding of the real incidences that religious beliefs can have in the process of political participation proper to contemporary democracies. More specifically, the goals are: to analyze the contributions of post-secularism in terms of the affirmative inclusion of the different religious identities that partake in the constitution of a public democratic reason and the corresponding debate within the diverse cultural and political scenes of the world • to promote the creation of new intellectual spaces capable of sustaining worldwide discussion and dialogue on the ranges of secularism and post-secularism in the construction of plural and democratic societies • to assess the implications of the current post-secular point of view at the cultural, educational, social, political, economic, legal and religious levels as well as in the process of defining new and more authentic ways for being-human within the local, regional and global reality of today's world.

The following thematic areas can be considered for development during the Congress: 1. Universality, Secularism and Post-Secularity; 2. Humanism, Trans-Humanism and Post-Secularity; 3. Multiculturalism and Global Justice; 4. Non-Secular Origin of Legal Concepts; 5. Violence, Religion and Law; 6. Monotheism(s) and Globalization(s); 7. Language, Justice and Argumentation; 8. Globalization and Legal Cosmopolitanism; 9. The Transcultural Dimension of Human Rights; 10. Religion, Secularity/Secularization and Post-Secularization in Europa y Oceania; 11. Religion, Secularity/Secularization and Post-Secularization in América Latina; 12. Religion, Secularity/Secularization and Post-Secularization in the United States and Canada; 13. Religion, Secularity/Secularization and Post-Secularization in Asia and Africa; 14. Sociology and Philosophy of Religion; 15. Science, Philosophy and Religion; 16. Arts, Philosophies, Religions; 17. Philosophy and Crisis: Crisis of Philosophy? 18. Philosophy and Cultures; 19. Religions and Tolerance; 20. Institutional Dimension of Philosophy and Religion; 21. Religion, Philosophy and Politics; 22. Role of Philosophy in Education; 23. Democracy and Cyber-culture; 24. Religion and the Culture of Non-Violence and Peace; 25. Philosophy of Pardon and Reconciliation; 26. Present and Future of the (Catholic) University; 27. Spirituality, Mysticism and Philosophy; 28. Philosophy, Religion and the Body; 29. Religion, Philosophy and Ethical Pluralism; 30. Doctoral Projects by Ph.D. Students. – NB: The papers approved for presentation during the Congress will be distributed in a max. of 13 Sessions/Mesas Temáticas.

Committee of Honor

Card. Giuseppe Versaldi (Prefetto della Congregazione per l'Educazione Cattolica) Said León Amaya OP (Provincial de la Prov. de San Luis Bertrán de Colombia) • Franco Imoda (President of AVEPRO) Juan Ubaldo López Salamanca, OP (Rector General de la Universidad Santo Tomás, Colombia) • Jorge Humberto Peláez Piedrahita, SJ (Rector Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia) • Alberto Prada Sanmiguel, fsc. (Rector Universidad de La Salle, Colombia) • Marcial Rubio (Rector of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Perú) • Philippe Capelle-Dumont (Honorary President of COMIUCAP) .

Organizing Committee

João J. Vila-Chã (President of Comiucap) • Rafael Antolínez Camargo (Local Coordinator) • Joseph Agbakoba (Vice-President for Africa) • Janis Ozolins (Vice-President for Asia/Oceania) • Miguel García-Baró (Vice-President for Europe) • Salomón Lerner (Vice-President for Latin-America) • Brendan Sweetman (Vice-President for North America) • Luis Francisco Sastoque Poveda (Dean of Philosophy and Theology at UST) • Martha Jeaneth Patiño Barragán (Dean of Philosophy and Letters at UST) • Félix Hernando Barreto Junca (Dean of School of Education at UST) • Diego A. Pineda (Dean of Philosophy at Universidad Javeriana) • Hernando Arturo Estévez Cuervo (Dean of Philosophy and Humanities at Universidad de La Salle) • Alberto René Ramírez (Universidad Santo Tomás).

Scientific Board

Adela Cortina (Universidad de Valencia, Spain) Adriano Fabris (Università di Pisa, Italy) Alfredo Co (University of Santo Tomas, Philippines) Brendan Sweetman (Rockhurst University, USA) Carla Canullo (Università di Macerata) • Camille Riquier (Institut Catholique de Paris, France) Carlos Morujão (Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Portugal) Charles Taylor (McGill University, Canada) Christine Wanjiru Gichure (Stratmore University, Kenya) Corina Yoris Villasana (Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Venezuela) • Danilo Vaz-Curado (Universidade Católica de Pernambuco, Brasil) Diego A. Pineda (Universidad Javeriana) Eleonore Stump (Saint Louis University, USA) Emmanuel Falque (Institut Catholique de Paris) Felipe Arocena Armas (Universidad de la República, Uruguay) Francesco Botturi (Università Cattolica di Milano, Italy) Francisco Galán (Universidad Ibero-Americana, Mexico) Germán Bula (Universidad de La Salle, Colombia) Hans Joas (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany) Hector Leonardo Tovar González (Universidad de Santo Tomas) Héctor Samour (Universidad Centro-Americana, El Salvador) Janis  T. Ozolins (Australian Catholic University, Australia) Jean Greisch (Institut Catholic de Paris, France) Jeffrey Bloechl (Boston College, USA) Jorge Aurelio Díaz (Universidad Nacional, Colombia) José Casanova (Georgetown University, USA) Joseph Agbakoba (University of Nigeria) Josephat Obi Oguejiofor (Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria) Juan Carlos Scannone (Facultades San Miguel, Argentina) Marcelo Perine (Universidade Católica de São Paulo, Brasil) Markus Enders (Universität Freiburg, Germany) Massimo Marassi (Università Cattolica di Milano, Italy) Mauricio Beuchot (Universidad Autonoma, Mexico) Michael Barber (Saint Louis University, USA) Miguel García-Baró (Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Spain) Miguel Giusti (Universidad Católica del Perú, Perú) Nathanaël Yaovi Soede (Institut Catholique Missionnaire d’Abidjan, Ivory Coast) Néstor Angel Corona (Universidad Católica Argentina, Argentina) Noboru Kinoshita (Nanzan University, Japan) Noel Sheth (St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, India) Paul Dumouchel (Ritsumeikan University, Japan) Peter Jonkers (Tilburg University, Netherlands) Philippe Capelle (Institut Catholique de Paris, France) Piotr Jaroszynski (Catholic University of Lublin, Poland) Raúl Fornet Betancourt (Universität Aachen, Germany) Ricardo Pinilla (Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Spain) Richard Kearney (Boston College, USA) S.E. Thomas Menamparampil (Archdiocese of Guwahati, India) Salomón Lerner Febres (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Perú) Tomas Halik (Charles University, Czech Republic) Vicente Durán (Universidad Javeriana, Colombia) William Desmond (K. U. Leuven, Belgium & Villanova University, USA) William Sweet (St Francis Xavier University, Canada).

Keynote Speakers

Card. Dom Cláudio Hummes OFM (São Paulo, Brasil) Adela Cortina (Universidad de Valencia, España) • Carla Canullo (Università di Macerata, Italia) • Gerardo Remolina Vargas (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia) • Jorge Aurelio Díaz (Universidad Nacional, Colombia) • Joseph Agbakoba (University of Nigeria, Nigeria) • Miguel Giusti (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Perú) • Raúl Fornet-Betancourt (Universität Aachen, Germany) • S.E. Thomas Menamparampil (India).

Submission of Papers

The Official Languages of the Congress are the following: English, Spanish, French [Portuguese, German and Italian might also be considered]. All interested persons are hereby invited to submit proposals for papers to be presented during the V World Congress of COMIUCAP by sending a carefully worded abstract of 300-500 words before April 25, 2017 in the form of a document Word attached to an e-mail addressed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The document attached must include the following elements: a) Title and Sub-Title of the Paper; b) Name of the Author, Institutional Affiliation and Academic Title; c) e-mail address and telephone. Once approved, authors must send a complete version of the paper to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by May 15, 2017. Texts to be submitted for presentation in the time allotted during the Congress should comply with the following: 1. Have between 3000-6000 words; 2. be formatted in Arial 12 pt.; 3. be accompanied by: a) Abstract in both English and Spanish (200-250 words); b) Keywords (up to five) in both English and Spanish; c) one-page CV in either English or Spanish. 4) Quotations of Books and Articles must follow the APA norms; 5) if for some justifiable reason the text to be submitted is no longer entirely original, the fact must be clearly referred in a footnote at its beginning; 6) The deadline for the Final Submission of papers to be considered (after peer-review) for publication by COMIUCAP and the Institutions that are co-organizers of the event is September 30, 2017.

Congress Fees & Hotels Near the Venues of the Congress in Bogotá

International Participants: 220.00 USD Participants coming from Institutions that are Members of COMIUCAP in good-standing: 180.00 USD • Participants from Latin-America: 160 USD • Participants from Institutions in Latin-America that are Members of COMIUCAP in good-standing: 140 USD • Students: 50 USD. The deadline for Registration is June 15, 2017 (thereafter each cost-category may be aggravated up to the amount of 50 USD). Here a list of recommendaed hotels.

Local Organizers

Rafael Antolínez Camargo (Universidad de Santo Tomas, Coordinator) • Alexander Zamora Velandia (Univ. de Santo Tomas) • Angel María Sopó (Univ. de Santo Tomas) • Edgar Gustavo Eslava Castañeda (Univ. de Santo Tomas) • Eduardo Alberto Gómez Bello (Univ. de Santo Tomas) • Edward Andrés Quitián Alvarez (Univ. de Santo Tomas) • Hernán Ferney Rodríguez García (Univ. de Santo Tomas) • Luis Alfonso Flórez (Universidad Javeriana) • Miguel Moreno Lugo (Univ. de Santo Tomas) • Myriam Patricia R. Galvis ((Univ. de Santo Tomas) • Omar Esteban Barbosa Martínez (Univ. de Santo Tomas) • Rossy Esperanza Machado (Univ. de Santo Tomas) • Ruby Buitrago Barbosa (Univ. de Santo Tomas).

After reading the Call for Papers, shall you need any further information, please, contact us here and/or here.