Grant of National Centre of Science in Poland

In 2013 international group of scientist from Spain and Poland created a research team for study a several, interdyscyplinary topics related to the history of Apostolic Tomb in Santiago de Compostela. The starting point was the discovery of Enrique Alarcon which open a new way of interpretation of history of Camino de Santiago with its impact on many anthropological and theological issues. The group is formed by three teams:

  1. University of Navarra in Pamplona (resp.: prof. E. Alarcon)

  2. Abat Oliba Ceu University in Barcelona (resp.: prof. E. Martinez)

  3. Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń (resp. prof. P. Roszak)

In 2014, the National Centre of Science in Poland has valorated positively the proposal of our team and decided to give a grant (no. 2013/10/M/HS1/00548) for this multidisciplinary investigation.

The main research subject of the grant is to become acquainted with the themes associated with the past and  present of  the Way of St. James (Camino de Santiago) which had a significant influence on the shape of medieval Europe, the formation of international law and creation of climate for intercultural  and religious dialogue, exchange of philosophical thought and formation of new architectural styles. Camino focuses as if in the lens the most important events of European history; it represents philosophical and theological paradigms which shaped mentality and creation of European culture in the Middle Ages. It is a very important challenge  for theology, especially theological anthropology and the field described as “geography of faith” which analyses religiosity of man, the pilgrim character of his fate rendered by G. Marcel as homo viator. In this way Camino contributes to the configuration and research on religious identity of a modern man and entire societies.