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Dr. Rafael Ruiz Andres

  • Christianity
  • Spain
  • Male
  • Spain
  • Southern Europe
  • KAICIID Fellows

Biography Narrative

Researcher, Institute of Religious Sciences of the Complutense University of Madrid and Junior Researcher, Foundation for Islamic Culture and Religious Tolerance (FICRT)

Rafael is a researcher at the Institute of Religious Sciences of the Complutense University of Madrid and a junior researcher at the Foundation for Islamic Culture and Religious Tolerance (FICRT). After a four-year predoctoral contract (FPU-MEC, Spanish Ministry of Education), in November 2019 he obtained a PhD in religious sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid by conducting a study focusing on the process of secularisation in Spain from 1960 to 2019. He also formed part of the Europaeum Scholarship Programme (2018–2019) and carried out a predoctoral stay at the École Pratique des Hautes Études (2018). His main research interests revolve around historical sociology, secularisation, interreligious dialogue, cultural memory and post-secularity topics on which he has published articles in indexed journals and books. He has actively participated in the organisation of different academic activities with the Association of Young Researchers in Religious Sciences (AJICR), such as the Conference on Religion and Politics (2017, 2019) and the Meetings of Young Researchers in Religious Sciences (2017, 2019).

Interreligious Activities and Initiatives

Al-Jisr [The Bridge]: Promoting the Integration of the Unaccompanied Minor Population Residing in Spain Through Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue
The implementation of the initiative has consisted of four phases: 1) contact with institutions that host unaccompanied minors in Spain and selection of the centre Sant Joan de Déu, 2) fieldwork and intercultural dialogue experience, carried out in Lleida on 28-29 Oct.2021. During these days, 12 interviews were carried out with young migrants and 7 with members of the institution, with the purpose of finding out the personal history of the young people, their cognitive conflicts and their solutions (in the case of the young migrants) and to find out how the institution deals with cultural and religious diversity. In addition, two discussion groups and intercultural and interreligious dialogue were conducted: one group had 2 local young people and 2 migrants, and the other 3 local young people and 4 migrants. In this experience, which were guided by fellow Rafael Ruiz Andrés, the aim was to make their cultural differences explicit and try to arrive to models of collaboration. 3) analysis of the experience, drafting of the report and contracting of the transcripts to continue the research (Nov.2021), and 4) launch of the website, where we will present the results of this initiative and the next ones arising from Al-Jisr.