Department: Geografía e Historia

Area: Ancient History

Research group: Historia de las religiones (HISTOREL)

Research group: Historia de las Religiones y de las Sociedades de la Antigüedad

Research group: Mindfulness y salud


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Research field: Artes y Humanidades

Doctor by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid with the thesis El origen del mito de caronte. Investigacion sobre la idea del paso al mas alla en la atenas clasica 1988.

Francisco Diez de Velasco is Catedrático (Full Professor) of History of Religions at the University of La Laguna (Canary Islands, Spain). Author of 17 books (for example Budismo en España, Madrid, Akal, 2013 2nd edition, 2018). Editor of 13 books. Author of 50 papers, 55 book chapters and 30 other publications (congresses, Festschrifts, lexica, etc.). He has been the head of research of four research projects of the Spanish Ministry of Research. He has coordinated six research contracts for the Pluralism and Coexistence Foundation (Madrid) dedicated to the study of religious minorities in Spain. Member a series of international associations in the discipline: Vice-president of the European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR) 2011-2013, Officer (Executive Committee) of the IAHR (International Association for the History of Religions) 2005-2010, Member of the Board of Directors of the SECR (Spanish Society of Religious Sciences) (1998-2022), participating in the organization of conferences and symposiums in these associations. He has participated in more than 60 congresses, of which 30 of international impact or with participation in English or French. Former editor of Bandue. Revista de la Sociedad Española de Ciencias de las Religiones (from 2005 to 2022). Former director of the series Religiones y Mitos (CUP / Akal: 24 books published), Paradigmas (Trotta), Religiones y Textos (Ediciones del Orto: 19 books published). Membre of the editorial board of Numen (Brill) 2005-2010. Académico Correspondiente (correspondant member) of the Real Academia de la Historia (Spain) from 2013. Member (Vocal-experto) of the Religious Liberty Advisory Commission of the Spanish Ministry of Justice from March 2019 to 2023 ( Complete curriculum at: