St Andrew's Patristic Symposia
Symbolising the two traditions, of Alexandria and Cappadocia, the icon represents (from left to right) St Athanasius the Great, St Gregory of Nyssa, St Basil the Great, St Gregory the Theologian and St Cyril of Alexandria.
Artwork by Ion Nedelcu (2013)
The general purpose of our initial patristic symposia is to explore the immediate theological and spiritual roots of the Byzantine tradition.
In order to achieve this goal, it was only natural to begin with the Cappadocian Fathers, as it is likewise natural to initiate an analysis of the Alexandrine milieu, which contributed decisively to the shaping of the Byzantine spirit. The 2014 symposium will continue to contemplate the two traditions, namely, Alexandrine and Cappadocian, in their togetherness.
Whilst pursuing our goal of understanding the roots of the Byzantine tradition, we hope to revive the interest of the broader public - both academic and ecclesial - in the study of the Church Fathers. The growing number of scholars interested to present, together with the international acknowledgment of the symposia, prove the importance of our undertaking. Conveners: Very Revd Dr Doru Costache and Dr Adam G. Cooper
PATRISTIC SYMPOSIUM 2014
Given the interdisciplinary nature of our symposia, the papers will address the life, personality and contributions of the earlier Alexandrines and St Athanasius, the Cappadocians and St Cyril, from various perspectives, such as historical, theological, literary, spiritual etc.
Papers on events, persons and writings directly or indirectly related to the above are also welcome. We welcome, likewise, papers on Church Fathers that are not connected with either Alexandria or Cappadocia.
Research students and early career academics are welcome.
Proposals should be submitted to Very Rev. Dr Doru Costache at firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 April 2014.
Proposals should contain the contributor’s name and title, their institutional affiliation, mailing address, phone number, email address, preliminary title of paper and a brief abstract (150-200 words) that states the aim, method and contribution of the proposed paper.
Non-PhD contributors and contributors whose first language is not English whose proposals are approved should submit their papers in full by 31 July 2014. The panel reserves the right to decline papers that do not meet scholarly standards.
The resulting papers will be published in any of the two annual editions of our journal, Phronema, the second one being entirely dedicated to the symposium.
Proceedings from the symposium will be published in a monograph edition of Phronema .
- A collective volume containing select peer reviewed articles from 2009-2011 symposia, dedicated to the Cappadocian Fathers, is scheduled for publication in 2013. Edited by the convenors of the symposia, the volume is produced by St Andrew's Orthodox Press. A second volume resulting from the 2012 and 2013 symposia, dedicated to the Alexandrian Fathers, is scheduled for publication in late 2014 or early 2015.