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2013-2014 Visiting Fellows

The Institute's Visiting Fellowship annually brings to the University two scholars whose research addresses issues arising at the intersection of faith and culture. During the academic year, each Fellow takes up residence at Boston College and makes two public seminar presentations on the work produced during the period of the grant. The Institute Fellows contribute to the intellectual exchange and inquiry within the University as they advance their own research.


The 2013-2014 Visiting Fellows:




Born in Vigo (Spain) in 1967, Fernando M. Vidal holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and is Professor at Comillas Pontifical University (the Jesuit University in Madrid, Spain). He is the director of the Instituto Universitario de la Familia (Institute for Family) at Comillas, president of the Social Sciences Group at the International Federation of Catholic Universities, and president of the Rais Foundation (, an NGO for homeless people. His academic interests and expertise are in the areas of Social Exclusion, Social Innovation, Family & Childhood, Social Reconciliation, Social & Cultural Capital, Religion and Modernity.

Project Title: The Jesuit Ethic and the Spirit of Social Work. Cultural Capital and reconciliation Paradigm of Social Work.

How can faith create cultural capital for the empowerment of excluded people? And how can such cultural capital contribute to Social Reconciliation? Social Reconciliation is a potential, new paradigm for Social Work at the crossroads where Faith, Culture, the Jesuit Social Apostolate and the Global Practice of Social Work meet. Social Reconciliation is one of the most profound paradigms in Social Work, and the creation of the concept of cultural capital is an essential instrument for its development. Ignatian spirituality and the Jesuit praxis of Social Work can help us to generate this new framework and practical tools. Professor Vidal’s project is a broad, in-depth investigation that utilizes interdisciplinary sources, especially from Social Work, Sociology, Philosophy, Theology, and Anthropology to analyze reconciliation as a paradigm, a methodology, a framework and a practice in Social Work.

During his stay at the Jesuit Institute he will develop:

a) a paradigm of Social Reconciliation applied to Social Work based on the 35th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus.

b) a new methodology for organizational and strategic social design based on the Advanced Logical Framework Approach (ALFA) and the business model.

Contac info:

Telephone: 617 552 0887


Daniele V. Filippi


Born in Milan (Italy) in 1975, Daniele V. Filippi studied Musicology in Cremona and in Heidelberg, and completed his PhD in 2004. His research interests focus on sacred and spiritual music between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He has published books and articles on Palestrina, Victoria, de Monte, and G.F. Anerio.

Project Title: The Soundscape of Early Modern Catholicism

This project is the second phase of a research started at the University of Pavia (Italy) in 2010 under the title “A History of Sonic Experience in the Renaissance” ( Its object is to investigate the sonic culture of early modern Catholicism, trying to answer questions like: How central was the experience of sound (or of its absence) in everyday Catholic life? What was the ideal Catholic soundscape like, according to ecclesiastical documents, preaching, spiritual literature, etc.? And how did this ideal soundscape interact with the sonic reality of the time? Focusing mainly on sixteenth-century Italy, and going beyond the boundaries of ‘liturgical music’, I will explore these problems both in a systematic way and through case studies.

Contact info:

Telephone: 617 552 1620