Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Scientific committee

The conference is organized by the Department of Religious Studies of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart (Milan-Brescia), with the sponsorship of SAGAS (Department of History, Archaeology, Geography, Art and Entertainment) of the University of Florence and the DSLCC (Department of Linguistic and Cultural Comparative Studies) of the University of Venice.

The Department of Religious Studies of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart (Milan-Brescia)
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The Department of Religious Studies is a research institute that brings together scholars of history and literature of religions, with an emphasis on Christianity, Judaism, Islam and religions of the classical world, and with interest in theology, liturgy.

The Department of Religious Studies was founded in 1969 by Giuseppe Lazzati, with a strong interdisciplinary approach. Originally it offered to the graduates some specific courses, both in theological matters (biblical, dogmatic, moral Theology) and religious studies, and launched the award of PhD in Religious Studies. Since then the Department has focused on its primary function of being a research Institute. A qualifying interest in the works of the Department of Religious Studies is, in fact, to "put the theological discipline alongside the other sciences, because from mutual encounters might arise, even in the freedom and autonomy of each, the synthesis between revealed truth and scientific knowledge, which is one of our purposes" (G. Lazzati).


Gian Luca Potestà, Director of the Department of Religious Studies
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The SAGAS (Department of History, Archaeology, Geography, Art and Entertainment) of the University of Florence
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The Department of SAGAS brings together all the disciplines of cultural heritage: History, Archaeology, Art and Entertainment, Geography, Anthropology. This vast aggregation of research topics, using traditional skills, along with methods and tools of scientific and technical innovation, aims to create a shared working environment geared to the enhancement of objects, texts, events, artistic expression and social institutions of the cultural tradition.

The Department of SAGAS has a strong bias in the direction of digital humanities, an important strategic planning-development and a significant enhancement of their own tradition, mostly little known except within the purely disciplinary areas.


Maria Paiano of the SAGAS (University of Firenze)
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The DSLCC (Department of Linguistic and Cultural Comparative Studies) of the University of Venice
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The Department of Linguistic and Cultural Comparative Studies is characterized by interdisciplinary and multicultural research and teaching, heritage of the 150 years of Ca' Foscari, that has a long tradition as privileged place for teaching and learning foreign languages​​.

The comparison between disciplines, cultures, languages​​, literatures, histories and methodologies has important implications in an increasingly multilingual and multicultural society.

The enormous linguistic and cultural range of the Department is expressed primarily in the 22 languages ​​taught, many of which are the official languages ​​of the European Community: Albanian, Anglo-American, Basque, Brazilian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Czech, English, French, Spanish-American, Italian Sign Language (LIS ) LIS tactile, Modern Greek, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian-Croatian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish.

The systematic comparative meeting of this broad linguistic and literary heritage with historical and political studies, interpreted according to an international perspective, involves the effective development of tools for the critical understanding of global society.


Giovanni Vian, Deputy Director of the Department of Linguistic and Comparative Cultural Studies
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