Dangerous Liaisons. Religion and Modernity
II Central European Summer School

Cracow-Żmiąca, Poland
21-27 August 2012

The “44/Forty and Four” Magazine ( and Centre for Thought of John Paul II ( invite fifteen students up to 26 years of age to participate in the Summer School, which combines academic program, international exchange and civic activism.

Seminar 1. Oleh Kindyi (Lviv, Washington): Theology, Aesthetics, and Ethics of the Eastern Church

Seminar 2. Martin Luteran (Bratislava, Oxford): Natural law ethics. Selected issues from moral philosophy

Seminar 3. Michał Łuczewski (Warsaw): Demons and social sciences. Introduction to theosociology

Dangerous liaisons between religion and modernity should not be merely scrutinized intellectually. They should be fully experienced. The best place for such an experience is Żmiąca, a tranquil village tucked away in the Carpathians, which is located 70 kilometers away from Cracow. This mountain village, one of the most traditional villages in Poland, is a place where people have always been hospitable, landscape – always fabulous and trouts – delicious. Żmiąca stands out as an exceptional place not only nationwide, but worldwide as well: it was an object of two distinguished monographs, which granted to it a status of the location that has sparked researchers’ interest for the longest period in the history of the social sciences (Bujak 1903, Wierzbicki 1963). Thus, it seems there is no better place, where science and religion could meet. However, we do not want to make this experience superficial. That is why the participants of the summer seminar will be accommodated not in a fancy hotel, but in traditional farmers’ cottages. Thanks to this, they will not be external observers of the village life, but for a short moment – through supporting the inhabitants – they will become part of it.

The Summer School is generously supported by the Fundacja Banku Zachodniego WBK.
Patrons: and Klub Jagieloński (



CfA CEE Summer School Dangerous Liasons II.pdf – The Details of Invitation