International Summer School and Conference 2019 in Granada (Spain)


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: 1st 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

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.

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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

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