Xacobeo 2021 Commissioner highlights the modernity of the Way of St James in the opening of the XII International Jacobean Lessons

  • Cecilia Pereira took part in the inauguration of the University of Santiago de Compostela’s summer course which has the support of the Xunta de Galicia
  • The first conference was given by Kathleen Jenkins, director of the Institute of Pilgrims at William and Mary College, and dealt with pilgrimages by families

Santiago de Compostela, 16 July 2019

The Xacobeo 2021 Commissioner, Cecilia Pereira, took part in today’s inauguration of the XII International Jacobean Lessons summer course, organised by the University of Santiago with the support of the Xunta de Galicia. This year, the course is dedicated to the Pórtico de la Gloria and the Camino de Santiago.

In her speech, the Xacobeo 2021 Commissioner thanked the teachers and international experts who came to Santiago de Compostela to present their research on the Jacobean Route. In addition, she emphasised the “modern” nature of the Camino de Santiago. "I am very glad that these studies relate to the modern realities of the pilgrims and the landscape and heritage."

In this edition of this course, professors Domingo González Lopo and Miguel Taín Guzmán, the course directors, bring together nine specialists from the United States, the Philippines and different parts of Spain. After the inauguration, which was held at the Museum of Pilgrimage and Santiago, the conferences began. The first was held by Kathleen Jenkins, director of the Institute for Pilgrimage Studies at William and Mary College, which focused on pilgrimages by families.

She was followed by Chadwick Co Sy Su, a professor at the University of the Philippines Manila, which deals with the phenomena of pilgrimage and religious tourism in Asia. The morning session was ended by Melchor Fernández Fernández, tenured lecturer at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at the USC (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela), who focused on the Camino de Santiago’s socio-economic impact on the localities through which it runs.