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Upcoming gatherings on Early Christianity and Byzantium

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Upcoming talks by prominent scholars in the field

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The Fount of Knowledge

A SYMPOSIUM ON ST JOHN OF DAMASCUS

4 November 2022

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Colloquium on the Mystagogy of St Maximos the Confessor

Boston, 29-30 April 2022

Conferences

22--23 September 2022

St Maximus the Confessor within 7th Century Christianity: Theology and History (St Andrew's, Syndey)

The 9th Patristic Symposium of St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College (Sydney College of Divinity). The symposium welcomes presentations from the different disciplines of Christian theology interested in further reflecting on the life, times, and works of this central figure of the early Church, irrespective of their field of expertise, academic affiliation, or denominational background. Indeed, it is hoped that this cross-disciplinary approach (whether this be systematic theology, patristics, ethics, biblical studies, church history, liturgics, etc.) will contribute by casting further light – indeed a more enriching and holistic perspective – on this most prominent father and historical period of the early Church. For details and information, click here.

29 September – 1 October 2022

The Reception of St. Gregory of Nyssa in the Christian Traditions, Center for Patristic Studies and Ancient Christian Literature, Babeș-Bolyai University (Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

Registration is now open. The event is free, but numbers are limited, so those planning to attend must submit an abstract and register by 1 June 2022. Languages: English and Italian. Lodging, meals, coffee and other refreshments will be provided for all participants. For more information, click here. Register by sending and email to contact@csplca.com

7--8 October 2022

Divine Personhood and Personality: The Florovsky Tantur Symposium at the University of Notre Dame

Following the tradition of the original Florovsky Symposia at Princeton University, the Florovsky Tantur Symposia at Notre Dame seek to honor the legacy of the Orthodox theologian, Fr. Georges Florovsky, by providing a forum for exploring core theological themes with reference to the Patristic tradition. The topic for this year’s inaugural Florovsky Tantur Symposium at Notre Dame will be "Divine Personhood and Personality". The core question we will be exploring in this conference is: "How does the Patristic tradition help us conceive of divine personhood and personality, in distinction from the impersonal 'higher power' of postmodern spirituality? Click here for a detailed program and registration information.

8 October 2022

Dionysius Circle Symposium: Exploring the Divine Processions in the Divine Names (online)

The symposium will focus on the nature of the divine processions (πρόοδοι), also called powers (δυνάμεις) and activities (ἐνεργείας), in the Divine Names. The presenters are Miklós Vassányi, Gregory T. Doolan, Tikhon Alexander Pino, Ryan Haecker, Marcus Hines, and keynote speakers Christos Terezis with Lydia Petridou. Click here to register and find more information.

21--23 October 2022

Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Conference (PMR), Villanova

Featuring Khaled Anatolios (University of Notre Dame) and Rachel J. D. Smith (Villanova), author of Excessive Saints. Scholars are encouraged to propose papers and panels on all aspects of the premodern Mediterranean and European cultures of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Focusing papers on the figure of the Cross and related themes is encouraged, but not required. Deadline for submissions is June 30, 2022. Notice of acceptance will be made by July 31, 2022. For more information, click here.

3--4 November 2022

Editing, Translating and Interpreting the Greek Fathers in the French-Speaking Regions of Europe (1450–1650) (Institut d’histoire de la Réformation, Geneva)

Convened by Paolo Sachet and featuring presentation by Jean-Louis Quantin, Frédéric Amsler, and Ueli Zahnd. Papers welcomed on the printed Nachleben of single works or Fathers across the religious spectrum and in different languages (Greek, Latin, French, etc.); vernacular translations, their features and targets; issues of pseudepigrapha and contested authorship; anthologies and collection of texts concerning one or more topics; the activity of specific publishers, editors, or translators; paratextual material, scholarly correspondence and treatises, as well as annotated copies shedding light on the reception of one or more editions. CFP deadline June 30, 2022. See here for more details.

3--4 November 2022

IVº Coloquio de Hagiografía (4th Colloquium on Hagiography: The Other who Listens: Holiness and Preaching to Minorities and Excluded in the Late Middle Ages and Early Modernity) (Buenos Aires, Argentina; hybrid)

It is the purpose of this 4th Colloquium on Hagiography, convened by the Biblioteca Agustiniana de Buenos Aires, to be able to reflect on the research in the hagiographic field referring to saints, blesseds and venerable ones who have given their testimony of holiness in the midst of the blessed of the Gospel (Cf. Mt 5:3-12). Submissions due August 19, 2022. Click here for details and information.

3--6 November 2022

BSANA Byzantine Studies Conference (Los Angeles, CA)

The 48th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference of the Byzantine Studies Association of North America. This year's conference will be hosted by the CMRS Center for Early Global Studies with the collaboration of the UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation for the Study of Hellenic Culture and assistance from the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World. Travel stipends available. For details and registration information, click here.

4 November 2022 (8am Boston, 1pm London, 2pm Paris)

The Fount of Knowledge: A Symposium on St John of Damascus

The Pappas Patristic Institute invites you to an online symposium honoring the work of Norman Russell and his translation of On the Orthodox Faith by St John of Damascus, with presentations from Fr Andrew Louth, Vassa Kontouma, Johannes Zachhuber, Scott Ables, Fr Ignatius Green (SVS Press), and Fr Maximos Constas. Hailed as the 'seal of the Fathers,' John of Damascus began his life as Mansur ibn Sarjun, a civil servant in the Islamic caliphate of the Umayyads. A lifelong subject of Arab rule, John is remembered as a Palestinian monk and one of the Church's most important dogmatic theologians and hymnographers. Celebrated especially for his synthesis of the Greek patristic tradition, from Athanasios of Alexandria to Maximos the Confessor, St John of Damascus is the author of a collection known as the Fount of Knowledge, a three-volume summa of both the 'outer' and 'inner' wisdom handed down by the Fathers. It is composed of (1) the Dialectica, a treatise which sets forth the best of Hellenic paideia and grapples with the mixed inheritence of pagan learning and Greek philosophy; (2) a treatise On Heresies, examining the errors that have historically threatened the Church and the true faith; and (3) his Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith, or simply, On the Orthodox Faith, setting forth a positive (and magisterial) overview of orthodox Christian doctrine and theology. The symposium on the Fount of Knowledge, organized by the Pappas Patristic Institute, brings together some of the foremost scholars of the Damascene's thought in order to explore topics in ancient philosophy, Trinitarian theology, Christology, and more. Click here for registration and details.

 

4--6 November 2022

Friends of Mount Athos Madingly Conference: Pilgrimage to Mt Athos

Visit the FOMA website here for updates on the rescheduled conference.

 

10--13 November 2022

Days of Justinian I, 10th International Symposium on Byzantine and Medieval Studies (Skopje)

An annual interdisciplinary scholarly forum dedicated to the emperor Justinian. This year's special thematic strand "Heritage" marks the tenth jubilee edition of the ISBMS “Days of Justinian I”, symbolizing the main idea in exploring the many historical and cultural legacies of the Byzantine and Medieval Western worlds. Topics discussed will range from the reception of Classical traditions and Roman heritage in the Eastern Roman Empire and Medieval West to the changing attitudes and later claims towards its legacy. See here for details.

19--22 November 2022

American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting (Denver, CO)

Registration and the Exhibit Hall will be located in the Colorado Convention Center. Academic sessions will be held in the Convention Center and surrounding hotels. Registration and housing for the Annual Meeting will open in the spring. Proposals are due by March 1, 2022. Click here for more information.

10--15 January 2023

International Orthodox Theological Association (IOTA), 2nd International Mega-Conference (Volos, Greece)

In-person only. IOTA’s twenty-seven groups invite paper proposals on the topics specified in the Call for Papers (CFP). As in the past, each group has its own CFP. Proposals will be accepted until June 1, 2022. Decisions regarding the submitted proposals will be shared with applicants by September 15, 2022. Click here for details and to submit a proposal.

15--17 February 2023

New Approaches to Asceticism in Late Antiquity (Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge)

A conference to be held in honor of Professor David Brakke. Presenters include: Brian Alt, Michael Beshay, Charles A. Bobertz, Austin Busch, Kate Cooper, Andrew Crislip, Stephen Davis, Georgia Frank, David Frankfurter, Diane Shane Fruchtman, J. Albert Harrill, Jennifer Hart, Rebecca Krawiec, David Maldonado-Rivera, Ellen Muehlberger, Tola Rodrick, Caroline T. Schroeder, Stephen J. Shoemaker, Bradley Storin, and Felege-Selam Yirga. Contact Brad Storin (bstorin@lsu.edu) or Ellen Muehlberger (emuehlberger@umich.edu) by November 1, 2022 to attend.

9--10 February 2023

Artificial Light in Medieval Churches between Byzantium and the West (online)

Organized by Tufts University and Accademia di architectura di Mendrisio (Italy), this online workshop explores the uses of artificial illumination in churches with a view towards symbolism, sacred space, and how these were shaped by local climate, economic and theological parameters, and other factors. The focus is on the crossroads of the Latin, Greek, and Slavic spheres, particularly in the regions of the Balkan peninsula and the Carpathian Mountains. CFP deadline is September 1, 2022. View poster here. Email vladimir.ivonivici@usi.ch.

 

11--13 May 2023

International Congress of Medieval Studies (Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo)

The International Congress on Medieval Studies is an annual gathering of thousands of scholars interested in medieval studies. The Congress embraces the study of all aspects of Middle Ages, extending to into late antiquity and the early modern periods. This year's program includes two panels (one online and one in-person) sponsored by the North American Patristics Society: "Christianity in Late Antiquity". Click here for details and information.

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.

 

Lectures

22 September 2022 (Thursday), 6:00pm

Lewis Ayres (University of Durham)

The Essential Legacy of Post-Chalcedonian Christology: A Hymn to the Emperor Justinian

When theologians reflect on the person of Christ, what do they understand to be the fundamental legacy of early Christian thought? One common answer is to reference the Council of Chalcedon in 451. Indeed, since the late nineteenth century theologians have commonly referred to “Chalcedonian Christology” as if that term designated a clear set of principles articulated in 451. The term is, however, often used to speak of principles that were only stated clearly a century or more later. The Christological disputes of the two centuries after Chalcedon are in fact fundamental in shaping how subsequent tradition – Eastern and Western – would understand Chalcedon. Within this period I want to highlight the contribution of the Emperor Justinian, suggest a different way of conceiving (and teaching) Patristic Christology, and end in a modern key by suggesting that doing so enables us to imagine new ways of taking forward our contemporary dialogue with the Oriental Orthodox, or “Miaphysite,” churches who refused to accept Chalcedon itself. Click here for more information.

7 October 2022

Daniel Maier (Universität Zürich)

Contextualizing the Transmission of the Apocalypse of Peter: New Sources for the Reconstruction of an Early Christian Apocalypse

The NASSCAL First Fridays online workshop series is a forum for discussing new and in-progress work on apocryphal Christian texts. The workshop meets on the first Friday of every month during the North American Fall and Winter semesters. To participate in the workshop, please email nasscalworkshop@gmail.com. You will then be given the Zoom invitation, the meeting password, and the pre-circulated paper. Click here for more information.

 

 

20 October 2022 (Thursday), 7:30pm Online

Paul Crego (Library of Congress)

Boston Area Patristics Group. For further information, contact Dr Andrew Jacobs, Center for Study of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School (andrew@andrewjacobs.org).

 

 

4 November 2022 (Friday)

Dan Batovici (KU Leuven)

Of Titles, Attribution, and Categorization around the Clementine Letters on Chastity

The NASSCAL First Fridays online workshop series is a forum for discussing new and in-progress work on apocryphal Christian texts. The workshop meets on the first Friday of every month during the North American Fall and Winter semesters. To participate in the workshop, please email nasscalworkshop@gmail.com. You will then be given the Zoom invitation, the meeting password, and the pre-circulated paper. Click here for more information.

 

 

10 November 2022 (Thursday), 7:30pm

Vasiliki Limberis (Temple University)

Boston Area Patristics Group. For further information, contact Dr Andrew Jacobs, Center for Study of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School (andrew@andrewjacobs.org).

 

 

2 December 2022 (Friday)

Carl Johan Berglund (Uppsala University)

The Deaths of the Apostles in the Apocryphal Acts

The NASSCAL First Fridays online workshop series is a forum for discussing new and in-progress work on apocryphal Christian texts. The workshop meets on the first Friday of every month during the North American Fall and Winter semesters. To participate in the workshop, please email nasscalworkshop@gmail.com. You will then be given the Zoom invitation, the meeting password, and the pre-circulated paper. Click here for more information.

8 December 2022 (Thursday), 7:30pm Online

Susan Holman (Valparaiso University)

Boston Area Patristics Group. For further information, contact Dr Andrew Jacobs, Center for Study of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School (andrew@andrewjacobs.org).

 

10 December 2022 (Saturday), 10:30am Online

Arthur Urbano (Providence College)

“Saints, Rulers, and Bishops: Political and Ecclesial Theology in Ravenna’s Collective Portraits”

Providence Patristics Group. For information, contact Dr Susan Harvey (susan_harvey@brown.edu) or Dr Arthur Urbano (aurbano@providence.edu).

 

 

19 January 2023 (Thursday), 7:30pm

Michal Bar-Asher Siegal (Ben-Gurion University/Yale University)

Boston Area Patristics Group. For further information, contact Dr Andrew Jacobs, Center for Study of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School (andrew@andrewjacobs.org).

 

 

25 February 2023 (Saturday), 10:30am Online

Todd Berzon (Bowdoin College)

Boston Area Patristics Group. For further information, contact Dr Andrew Jacobs, Center for Study of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School (andrew@andrewjacobs.org).

 

 

16 March 2023 (Thursday), 7:30pm Online

Mark Letteney (MIT)

Boston Area Patristics Group/ Providence Patristics Group. For further information, contact Dr Andrew Jacobs, Center for Study of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School (andrew@andrewjacobs.org).

 

 

20 April 2023 (Thursday), 7:30pm Online

Chance Bonar (Harvard University)

Boston Area Patristics Group. For further information, contact Dr Andrew Jacobs, Center for Study of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School (andrew@andrewjacobs.org).

29 April 2022 (Saturday), 10:00am

Ella Kirsh (Brown University)

Behind the Scheda: Shorthand Writers at the Fifth-Century Church Councils

Providence Patristics Group. For information, contact Dr Susan Harvey (susan_harvey@brown.edu) or Dr Arthur Urbano (aurbano@providence.edu).

 

Courses and Workshops

Summer courses have concluded for the year. Check the Lectures section above for upcoming presentations and workshops.

 

Exhibitions

Check back for information about special exhibitions coming up in Fall 2022.

 

Trips and Excursions

Check back for information about special events coming up in Fall 2022.