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Conferences

Conferences

16-17 March 2024

Medieval Academy of America Annual Meeting (Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame)

The Program Committee of the Medieval Academy of America invites proposals for papers on all topics and in all disciplines and periods of medieval studies. Any member of the Medieval Academy may submit a paper proposal; others may submit proposals as well but must become members in order to present papers at the meeting. Exceptions can be given to individuals whose specialty would not normally involve membership in the Medieval Academy. Plenary speakers are Robin Fleming (Boston College), Bissera Pentcheva (Stanford), and Jack Tannous (Princeton). The themes of this year's conference are (1) Mapping the Middle Ages, (2) Bodies in Motion, and (3) Communities of Knowledge

For details and information, click here.

Deadline for submissions: June 15, 2023

19--21 March 2024

Mysticism and Action (St John's College, Oxford University)

This Mystical Theology Network Conference brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to discuss the relationship between mysticism, political activism, and social reform. It features keynote addresses by Joy Bostic, Dylan Esler, Ben Morgan, Andrew Prevot, Simon D. Podmore, Tine Van Osselaer, and a public lecture by Cole Arthur Riley. The organizers welcome papers on both historical and contemporary approaches to the theme, as well as artistic and practical approaches, and those that bring these into dialogue.

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Deadline for submissions: November 30, 2023

5--6 April 2024

'What Do You Have That You Have Not Received?' Approaches to the Relationship between Faith and Grace in Early Christianity and Early Modern Theology and Philosophy (Budapest, Karoli Gaspar University of the Reformed Church in Hungary)

The aim of this conference to provide an academic forum for researchers of Patristics and early modern theology on the subject of Faith and Grace in Early Christianity and in the 16th and 17th centuries. A historical and / or analytical method is expected from participants, who may be theologians, philosophers, historians of ideas etc., and who want to share new insights of their unpublished research. Speakers include Anthony Dupont, Mark W. Elliot, and Aza Goudriaan.

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Deadline for submissions: October 15, 2023

25--27 April 2024

Theology of History Conference (Marquette University)

Organized by Marcus Plested (Marquette University) and co-sponsored by the Pappas Patristic Institute, the Way-Klingler Fellowship in the Humanities, the Marquette University Department of Theology, and the Center for the Advancement of the Humanities, this conference brings together scholars in historical and systematic theology to discuss the Theology of History in both Eastern and Western Christianity. Confirmed speakers include Rev Ephraim Radner, Cyril of Regan, Paul Blowers, Kevin Hughes, Alexis Torrance, Tikhon Pino, Eugenia Torrance, and Cathal Doherty. For information and to register contact micah.hogan@marquette.edu.

For details and information, click here.

Deadline for submissions: December 31, 2023

16-17 May 2024

Misattributions and Forgeries in Middle Eastern Manuscript Tradition (Vienna)

The purpose of this workshop, organize by Grigory Kissel (Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Vienna), Sabine Schmidtke, and George Kiraz (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton) is to study misattribution of content in and forgeries of Middle Eastern manuscript culture as intellectual history. This cross-discipline workshop aims to cover manuscripts in various languages, including, but not limited to, Arabic, Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopian, Hebrew, Persian, and Syriac, in addition to the ancient languages of Egypt and Mesopotamia. All time periods are of interest.

For details and information, click here.

Deadline for submissions: December 15, 2023

16-17 May 2024

The Bible and Biblical Apocrypha in Translation, Interpretation, and Tradition (Wrocław University, Poland)

The XI International Biblical Conference is hosted at the University of Wrocław, under the supervision of Dr Krzysztof Morta. This year's topic is the translation, interpretation, and reception of the Bible. All theologians, philologists, historians, and other scholars, whose research subject area is related to the Bible, apocrypha literature, or the Biblical tradition, are welcome to take part in the conference.

For details and information, click here.

Deadline for submissions: April 15, 2023

23--25 May 2024

NAPS - The North American Patristics Society, Annual Meeting (Chicago, IL)

The annual meeting of the North American Patristic Society is usually held in years when the Oxford Patristics Conference does not take place. Due to the postponement of Oxford 2023, both NAPS and the Oxford Patristics Conference will be held in 2024.

For details and information, click here.

Deadline for submissions: November 1, 2023

27--29 May 2024

Canadian Society of Patristic Studies Annual Meeting (St Augustine's Seminary, Toronto)

Since 1975, the Canadian Society of Patristic Studies has existed to promote and contribute to the academic study in Canada of the “church fathers”. The society meets annually as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, which is held at a different Canadian university each year.

For details and information, click here.

Deadline for submissions: January 15, 2024

29 May -- 1 June 2024

Second Annual Paideia Conference: Orthodoxy and Culture (Antiochian Village, Pennsylvania)

Second annual meeting of Paideia, a newly convened community of Orthodox Christian academics, clergy, monastics, and interested laity. This year's theme, 'Orthodoxy and Culture,' includes such questions as (1) the relation of American Orthodoxy to its native cultures of origin, (2) the relation of American Orthodoxy to modern (and increasingly, post-modern) Western culture, or to the specifically American culture and milieu, as they exist today, (3) the overall relation of Orthodoxy to culture as such, understood broadly as the spiritual element within which our worship and practice unfolds, and from which our language draws its lexicon and imagery.

For details and information, click here.

Deadline for submissions: February 1, 2024

4-8 June 2024

Nicaea and the Church of the Third Millenium (Rome)

An International Conference co-organized by the International Orthodox Theological Association (IOTA) and the Institute for the Ecumenical Studies of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum). The conference will focus on the theological and ecclesiological issues that unite and divide Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christians by discussing the legacy of the First Ecumenical Council.

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Deadline for submissions: March 21, 2024

19-20 June 2024

Interpreting the Septuagint in its Greco-Roman Context (McGill University, Montreal)

A conference of the John William Wevers Institute for Septuagint Studies and the McGill School of Religious Studies (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), this gathering seeks to examine the Septuagint’s value as a linguistic, literary, and cultural artifact for the study of early Judaism and Christianity.

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Deadline for submissions: January 15, 2024

1--4 July 2024

International Medieval Congress (Leeds, UK)

The IMC seeks to provide an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of all aspects of Medieval Studies, bringing together scholars from around the world in a variety of specializations and fields. The thematic strand for the 2024 Congress is "Crisis," examining the language of resilience, vulnerability, and adapatation in the field and inviting a plurality of viewpoints on and critical engagement with these concepts.

For details and information, click here.

Deadline for submissions: August 31, 2023

5--9 August 2024

Oxford Patristics Conference

Early bird registration ends July 31, 2023. Submit abstracts and workshops by August 31, 2023. The International Conference on Patristic Studies has taken place in Oxford every four years since 1951. Initially conceived as an oecumenical colloquium for a select group of clerical scholars, it has expanded decade by decade until in 2015 it welcomed almost a thousand delegates, clerical and lay, from all the world’s continents, and encompassed a great diversity of subjects from the New Testament to Palamas, and from liturgy to postmodern theories of gender. It is organized by a board of scholars from various universities in the United Kingdom, with the assistance of the presidents of the Association Internationale des Études Patristiques and the North American Patristics Society.

For details and information, click here.

Deadline for submissions: August 31, 2023

11--13 September 2024

International Conference on the Bible in Middle Byzantine Hagiography (KU Leuven)

In the framework of the Köln/Leuven research project funded by the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung and launched in 2022, KU Leuven Griekse Studies is organizing an international conference on The Bible in Middle Byzantine Hagiography (8th-10th century) at the picturesque Arenberg Castle on the outskirts of Leuven. The keynote paper will be delivered by Derek Krueger (Greensboro). Other confirmed speakers include Albrecht Berger (Munich), Stephanos Efthymiadis (Nicosia), Laurence Mellerin (Lyon), and Óscar Prieto Domínguez (Salamanca).

For details and information, click here.

Deadline for submissions: October 31, 2023

26-28 September 2024

Verdammt! Zur Vorgeschichte, Genese und Anwendung der Gattung der Anathematismen des Nizänums (325) (Berlin)

International conference on the History, Genesis, and Genre of Anathemas at the Council of Nicaea (325), organized by Uta Heil (Vienna), Christophe Markschies (Berlin). Keynote lecture by Jan Bremmer (Berlin), with contributions from Canan Arikan, Eberhard Bons, Jan Bremmer, Constanza Cordoni, Volker H. Drecoll, Ulrike Ehmig, Peter Gemeinhardt, Richard Gordon, Thomas Graumann, Uta Heil, Wolfram Kinzig, Christiane Kunst, Christoph Markschies, Thomas Nemeth, Tobias Nicklas, Emanuela
Prinzivalli, Claudia Rapp, Joseph Verheyden, Dietmar Winkler, Michael Wolter, Bernhard Zimmerman, and Christiane Zimmermann.

See poster here.

For questions and information, contact Marc Bergermann.

Lectures

Lectures

22 April 2024

Sandra Keating, Providence College

An Arabic Summary of the Christian Faith: An Unedited Text from the Early Abassid Period

Providence Patristics Group Meeting

For details and information, contact Susan Harvey at Brown University (Susan_Harvey@Brown.edu) or Arthur Urbano at Providence College (aurbano@providence.edu).

4 April 2024 (Hybrid)

David Lloyd Dusenbury, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

A Metaphysically Rich Physiology of Consent: Freedom and Sexuality in the First Christian Anthropology

The Biblical and Early Christian Studies program at ACU hosts a monthly global research seminar series which showcases outstanding work in the field and nurtures scholarly conversation with participants from Australia and around the world.

For details and information, contact: BECS.seminar@acu.edu.au

7 April 2024

Lewis Ayres, Durham University

Christological Hellenism: A Melancholy Proposal (54th Annual Père Marquette Lecture)

This lecture is a consideration of the manner in which Christianity was formed by its encounter with the traditions of Greek thought, and a consideration of how Christian thinkers today should continue to value that formative period.

For details and information, click here.

18 April 2024

Gio DiRusso, Harvard

TBD

Boston Area Patristics Group Meeting

For details and information, contact Andrews Jacobs (andrew@andrewjacobs.org).

9 May 2024 (Online)

Kelsie Rodenbiker, University of Glasgow

Canon, Lists, and Scriptural Vitality in the New Testament Manuscript Tradition

The Biblical and Early Christian Studies at ACU program hosts a monthly global research seminar series which showcases outstanding work in the field and nurtures scholarly conversation with participants from Australia and around the world.

For details and information, contact: BECS.seminar@acu.edu.au

6 June 2024 (Online)

Annette Weissenrieder, Martin Luther Universität, Halle-Wittenberg

A New Edition of the Codex VercellensisLuke Based on Multi-Spectral Images

The Biblical and Early Christian Studies at ACU program hosts a monthly global research seminar series which showcases outstanding work in the field and nurtures scholarly conversation with participants from Australia and around the world.

For details and information, contact: BECS.seminar@acu.edu.au

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Courses

Courses and Workshops

5, 12, 26 April 2024

Inscriptions in a Digital Environment: An Introduction to EpiDoc for Byzantinists

In this three-part workshop, led by Martina Filosa, participants will learn the basics of using EpiDoc and EFES (EpiDoc Front-End Services) to digitally encode and view inscriptions in an online environment. In this online workshop, participants will explore the use of EpiDoc, the established standard for digitally encoding ancient inscriptions, papyri, and other primary and documentary texts in TEI XML for online publication and interchange. The workshop will also introduce the participants to the EFES (EpiDoc Front-End Services) platform for viewing and publishing EpiDoc editions. The workshop will include asynchronous tutorials, real-time sessions, and guided hands-on exercises. Participants will have the opportunity to work with their own epigraphic material, broadly understood.

For details and information, click here.

Registration deadline: March 22, 2024.

8--13 April 2024

Semi-Intensive Course in Phoenician, Oxford University

The Oxford Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics, in association with the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies (OCHJS) and the Institute for Classical Studies (ICS) is offering a free, online semi-intensive course in Phoenician.

For details and information, click here.

Registration deadline: March 22, 2024.

27--28 May 2024

Introduction to Syriac Online, Beth Mardutho

Students with no prior experience in Syriac will learn introductory reading, writing, and grammar using The New Syriac Primer, 2nd Edition and should be able to translate introductory texts by the end of the course using a dictionary. Classes are self-paced and are based off previously recorded lectures – however, to maintain a healthy pace, lectures will be disabled over time with advanced notice. We closely monitor class progress and will always be available for any questions that may arise from the lectures and/or readings. The Spring 2024 course opens online February 12 and students will have until May 31 to complete all the lectures and assignments unless other arrangements have been made. Fall 2024: September 9 – December 31.

For details and information, click here.

Registration deadline: open.

27--28 May 2024

Crash Course in Greek Paleography, Leiden University

The course, organized by the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society, Leiden University Library, and the Greek Department of Ghent University, is set up as an intensive two-day seminar. Five lectures by specialists in the field will give a chronological overview of the development of Greek handwriting, each followed by a practice session reading relevant extracts from papyri and manuscripts in smaller groups under the supervision of young researchers.

For details and information, click here.

Registration deadline: February 15, 2024.

May-June 2024 (Online)

22--26 July (In Person)

Coptic Summer School, Waldensian Faculty of Theology, Rome

Two offerings: Introduction to Sahidic Coptic and Advanced Coptic

For details and information, click here.

Registration deadline: May 8, 2024.

17-20 June 2024

Elements of Reasoning/Elements of Nature: Physis Seminar (Rome)

PHYSIS: the Notre Dame Laboratory for the Study of Nature in the Premodern World, housed in the University of Notre Dame’s John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values, in conjunction with the Notre Dame History of Philosophy Forum and with financial support of the Medieval Institute is seeking graduate student applicants to participate in a week-long advanced summer research seminars on the topic
of Elements of Nature/Elements of Reasoning.

For details and information, click here.

Deadline for submissions: February 15, 2024

1--27 July 2024

Byzantine Greek Summer School, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC

The principal course will be a daily 1½ hour session devoted to the translation of sample Byzantine texts. Each week, texts will be selected from a different genre, e.g., historiography, hagiography, poetry, and epistolography. Two afternoons a week, hour-long sessions on paleography will be held. In addition, each student will receive a minimum of one hour per week of individual tutorial. Approximately eleven hours per week will be devoted to formal classroom instruction. In the remaining hours of the week, students will prepare their assignments.

For details and information, click here.

Registration deadline: February 15, 2024.

8 July -- 2 August 2024

Introduction to Syriac, St John's University, Collegeville, MN

In partnership with Dumbarton Oaks, HMML will host an intensive four-week course as an introduction to the Syriac language and paleography in the summer of 2024. This course is intended for doctoral students or recent PhDs who can demonstrate a need for Syriac in their research. Priority is given to students who lack opportunities to continue studying Syriac at their own institutions. The program welcomes international applicants but does not sponsor J visas.

For details and information, click here.

Registration deadline: February 23, 2024.

8 July -- 2 August 2024

Introduction to Ge'ez, St John's University, Collegeville, MN

In partnership with Dumbarton Oaks, HMML will host an intensive three-week course as an introduction to the Ge’ez language and paleography in the summer of 2024. This course is intended for doctoral students or recent PhDs who can demonstrate a need for Ge’ez in their research. Priority is given to students who lack opportunities to continue studying Ge’ez at their own institutions. The program welcomes international applicants but does not sponsor J visas.

For details and information, click here.

Registration deadline: February 23, 2024.

Exhibitions

Exhibitions

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Trips

Trips and Excursions

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