Guest speakers


Paul Freston is the CIGI chair in religion and politics in global context at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and with the Religion and Culture Department at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada. He is also a distinguished senior fellow of the Institute for Studies of Religion, Baylor University, and professor colaborador in the Post-Graduate Programme in Sociology, Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil.His publications include Evangelicals and Politics in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and Evangelical Christianity and Democracy in Latin America.


Peggy Levitt is a Professor of Sociology at Wellesley College and a Research Fellow at The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and The Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University, USA, where she co-directs The Transnational Studies Initiative. Her books include God Needs No Passport: Immigrants and the Changing American Religious Landscape, The Transnational Studies Reader, The Changing Face of Home: The Transnational Lives of the Second Generation, and The Transnational Villagers.  She has also edited special volumes of International Migration Review, Global Networks, Mobilities, and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.


Oyeronke Olademo is a Professor of Religions at the University of Ilorin in Nigeria, where she has taught and researched on comparative religions and women in religion for the past 19 years. She has widely published in these areas. She is the author of the books Women in the Yoruba Religious Sphere, Gender in Yoruba Oral Traditions and co-editor of the book Women and New and Africana Religions.




Sebastien Fath  (Ph.D Sorbonne University) is a French specialist in the study of Evangelical Protestantism. Author of fifteen books, he is a permanent researcher at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). He is a full member of the GSRL, a research team working on religion and secularism. As a social scientist and a citizen, cross-cultural reflexion on Civil Society, Politics and Religion is his focus.




Raffaele Milani is the Director of the “Institute of research on the cities” (Institute for Advanced Studies). He is a Professor of History of Aesthetics at the Philosophy Department at the University of Bologna, Italy. His research focus on comparative aesthetics.  He is author of several essays and editor of several collections of works on landscapes and nature including Categorie esteticheIl Pittoresco. L’evoluzione del gusto tra classico e romanticoIl fascino della paura. L’invenzione del Gotico dal Rococò al TrashThe Art of the Landscape and Il paesaggio è un’avventura. Invito al piacere di viaggiare e di guardare. His  last work I volti della Grazia. Filosofia arte, nature is a study on the idea of art and western thought from its origin to the end of the 7th Century.



Guido Moretti is a Professor of Urban Planning at the Department of Architecture and Territorial Planning, University of Bologna, Italy. He worked in various countries of the Middle East and Africa with projects in architecture. He deals with issues relating to the territory buildings, particularly on the smaller settlements and, more generally, on the lost knowledge of traditional architecture, on which he has published several works.


Matthews A. Ojo is a Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria. His research focuses on African Christianity, with special interest in the dynamics of Pentecostal and charismatic movements in Africa and indigenous Protestant missions from Africa. He has  published widely on Pentecostalism in Nigeria and is therefore rightly portrayed as the pioneer of the study of Charismatic Christianity in Nigeria. His  book The End-Time Army: Charismatic Movements in Modern Nigeria is  the first and most detailed account of                      Nigerian Pentecostalism.


Paolo Ricca is Hemeritus Professor of History of the Church and  visiting professor at the Pontificio Ateneo Sant’Anselmo in Rome. He is one of the most autoritative voice of  the Italian Evangelical Movements and one of the most influential and widely read Italian scholars on Protestantism.  He was awarded of a Laurea Honoris Causa by the Theological School of Heidelberg and of the prestigious Italian Spiritual Literature Price (2000). His books include Il cristiano davanti alla morteLe chiese evangeliche e la pace; Lutero le 95 tesi; Martin Lutero ‘Libertà del cristiano’, (ed) Paolo Ricca collana Lutero – Opere scelte, Grazia senza confini and Non commettere audulterio with Eva Cantarella.


Pino Lucà Trombetta is Associate Professor of Sociology at the Department of Pedagogical Science, University of Bologna, Italy. His main research has been on the influence of the Catholic Church on the conscience of people. He also conducted intensive field work in South America studying New Religious Movements in Brazil, such as Pentecostals, Umbanda, Candomblé, “Santo Daime”, and  “Invitation à la vie”.  His last research focuses on the relationship between Religion and immigrants integration  in the Italian context. His research have been widely published in international journals, collections and books.