28--30 May 2023
Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Patristic Studies (Toronto)
This year’s meeting will take place in person, with some capacity for virtual presentations and virtual access to in-person sessions via Zoom. Papers are invited on any theme relevant to the study of late antiquity, patristic studies, or the study of Christianity between the second and seventh centuries CE. Submissions that consider this year’s Congress theme, “Reckonings & Re-Imaginings,” as it might relate to our discipline are especially encouraged (though not required). For details, click here.
11--14 June 2023
9th North American Syriac Symposium (Yale University)
Held every four years since 1991, the North American Syriac Symposium brings together scholars and students for exchange and discussion on a wide variety of topics related to the language, literature, and cultural history of Syriac Christianity, extending chronologically from the first centuries CE to the present day and geographically from Syriac Christianity’s homeland in the Middle East to South India, China, and the worldwide diaspora. In 2023, the event will be hosted at the Yale Divinity School, with the opportunity to visit the Dura-Europos exhibit at the Yale University Art Gallery and to see an exhibition of Syriac manuscripts from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The theme of this Symposium is “Syriac at the Center.” Syriac has often been treated as an auxiliary language in the modern humanities, an adjunct tool to scholarship on Early Christianity, Late Antiquity, early Islam, the histories of theology and of science, and other areas of inquiry. It is an “extra language” in humanistic curricula. This conference welcomes papers on topics that treat Syriac as central, not peripheral, to scholarly investigation. How do our research subjects look when we stand with Syriac and regard other traditions and areas as peripheral? For conference details and information, click here.
12--14 June 2023
Tenth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (St Louis University)
The Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies provides a convenient summer venue in North America for scholars in all disciplines to present papers, organize sessions, participate in roundtables, and engage in interdisciplinary discussion. The goal of the symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation on all topics and in all disciplines of the medieval and early modern world. The plenary speakers for 2023 will be Uta-Renate Blumenthal, of Catholic University of America, and Lia Markey, Director of the Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library. For details, click here.
22--23 June 2023
Christian Political Cultures in Late Antiquity (University of Liverpool)
A conference (and planned edited volume) on Christian Political Cultures in Late Antiquity. The remarkably homogeneous ways of thinking about Christian political authority across the Roman world in late antiquity (c. 250-700 CE)—so carefully reconstructed in classic mid-20th century accounts—mask the immense diversity of the social and institutional contexts in which those ideas mattered. The character of Christian governance could look very different to an official placed at the centre of power as against an ordinary Christian standing in the nave of an urban basilica, a civic grandee sitting in the plush seats of a provincial town council, or an ascetic keeping vigil in a remote monastic cell. In fact, widely divergent visions of what the divine sanctioning of earthly rule meant in practice are visible even across the many different (and sometimes competing) institutions of late ancient states. The deadline for proposals is 30 June 2022. Please send a title and an abstract (no longer than 500 words) to Dr Robin Whelan. See here for more information on the project.
7--9 July June 2023
Christian and Non-Christian Theories of War and St Gregory Palamas' Philosophy and Theology
The Palamas Seminar, in collaboration with the Holy Metropolis of Veroia, Naousa, and Campagnia invites you to an international conference in Veroia, Greece, with the option of a visit to the Holy Mountain of Athos. Topics of particular interest include (but are not limited to): philosophical approaches to war, violence and vonflict, Christian (Orthodox and non-Orthodox) approaches to violence, war and conflict, just war theories and just war tradition, etc. Researchers interested in presenting their work are requested to send a brief CV and a brief abstract in English or Greek of no more than 200 words by March 1, 2023 to Dr C. Athanasopoulos, firstname.lastname@example.org.
26--27 September 2023
The Church of the Early Centuries and Christianity, Sulkhan-Saba Orbelian University (Tblisi, Georgia)
1st International Conference in Theology and Religious Studies, Sulkhan-Saba Orbelian University (Tblisi, Georgia). Click here for more information. Register here by August 1, 2023 (applications ans abstracts due by July 1).
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. Click here for website.
20 June 2023 (Tuesday), 11:00 EET Online
Nunzio Bianchi (Bari)
Photius and the ancient novel
Romanian Society for Byzantine Studies Lecture Series. Register at email@example.com. See the full program here.
Courses and Workshops
Introduction to Coptic
In partnership with Dumbarton Oaks, HMML will host an intensive four-week introductory level course on the Coptic language and paleography in the summer of 2023. This course is intended for doctoral students or recent PhDs who can demonstrate a need for Coptic instruction to further their research. Priority is given to students who lack opportunities to continue studying Coptic at their own institutions. Click here for details.
In partnership with Dumbarton Oaks, HMML will host an intensive four-week introductory level course on the Syriac language and paleography in the summer of 2023. This course is intended for doctoral students or recent PhDs who can demonstrate a need for Syriac instruction to further their research. Priority is given to students who lack opportunities to continue studying Syriac at their own institutions. Click here for details.
Introduction to Arabic Manuscript Studies
For graduate students, advanced undergraduates, faculty, and independent scholars with a research interest in Arabic manuscripts. This two-week program welcomes international applicants. Click here for details.
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