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Center for the Study of Latino/a Catholicism

International symposium on migrations and globalization, from intercultural philosophy and theological perspectives (2003)

Held November 24-28, 2003, in Aachen, Germany. A collaborative project with the German Institute of Missiology.

This symposium gathered theologians, philosophers and social scientists from across the world, including U.S. Latinos/as, for an intercultural analysis of the relationship between and implications of migrations and globalization. Participants discussed and analyzed, from various intercultural perspectives (social scientific, feminist, theological, philosophical), the contexts wherein migrations occur today across the world. They approached key analytical concepts such as "borders," "citizenship," "illegality," "solidarity," hospitality," "human rights," and the apparent discrepancies between "national population" and "national political community." A number of other issues were also discussed (for example: personal and family consequences of migrations and their impact on cultures, societies and institutions, including religious and civil institutions).

As a result of this symposium, a collective book of original articles was published in late 2005, in German (IKO Verlag, Frankfurt) and in Spanish (Editorial Desclee de Brouwer, Bilbao).

The scholars who participated in this international symposium were:

Josef Estermann (Institute of Missiology, Germany)
Raúl Fornet-Betancourt (University of Bremen, Germany)
Anthony Njoku (National University of Ghana, Accra)
Gemma Cruz (Ateneo de Manila, The Philippines)
Pilar Cruz (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Quito)
Daisy Machado (Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth)
Heiner Bielefeldt (University of Berlin, Germany)
Graziano Battistella (Pontifical Council on the Pastoral Care of Migrants, Vatican City)
Simon-Pierre Metena M'nteba (Pontifical University of the Congo, Kinshasa)
Jeanne Devos (Jesuit House of Studies, Mumbay, India)
Gioacchino Campese (Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago)
Jorge Castillo (Catholic University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
Mary Getui (University of Johannesburg, South Africa)
Agnes Brazal (Ateneo de Manila, The Philippines)
Joop Vernooij (Catholic University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
Jean-Marc Ela (McGill University, Montreal, Canada)
Beat Dietschy (University of Freibourg, Switzerland)
Antonio González (University of Granada, Spain)
María Pilar Aquino (University of San Diego)
Orlando Espín (University of San Diego)

This project was fully funded by grants from the University of San Diego and Germany's Institute of Missiology.

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