Timişoara | International Orthodox Theological Conference in October

Great Romania – ‘The Garden of the Mother of God’ and the ‘patriarch’ of Romanian Theology and Spirituality, Rev Fr. Dumitru Stăniloae

(Timișoara 2018,  October 1-4)

Central University Library – West University of Timișoara

This international conference is organised by the Orthodox Archdiocese of Timisoara in partnership with international and local organisations: The Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies Cambridge (www.iocs.cam.ac.uk), the Romanian Academy – Timisoara Branch, the Faculty of Letters, History and Theology of the West University Timisoara, and with the support of local state authorities.

We are delighted to have as online media partner Pemptousia.

The conference is intended to be both a celebration of the life and work of Fr Dumitru Staniloae, who passed to the Lord 25 years ago this year, and also to highlight, in this day and age, the need for theological education rooted in the spiritual reference points of Orthodox theology: biblical, ascetical, and mystical.

Finally, the conference takes place in the year when Romania celebrates 100 years from the formation of the modern Romania, in 1918. The Orthodox faith has been a uniting force in the history of the Romanian people and in the shaping of its national and spiritual identity, something that this conference also aims to highlight.

Conference partners

  • Archdiocese of Timișoara – Education Sector
  • Cambridge Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies
  • PEMPTOUSIA & St Maxim the Greek Institute, Athens
  • Faculty of Letters, History and Theology – West University of Timisoara
  • Romanian Academy – Timisoara Branch

Key topics:

  1. Orthodox Mariology in Patristic Theology and in Byzantine, Syriac, Coptic Hymnology, Iconography and Hagiographies;
  2. Rev. Fr. Stăniloae in dialogue with the 20th century theology;
  3. The Perichoresis of Eternity and Time in Fr. Stăniloae Theology;
  4. The Experience of God as Revelation and Knowledge of the Triune God;
  5. God’s eternal Face revealed in the Face of Jesus Christ;
  6. The Palamite Hesychasm in the Father Stăniloae Theological Synthesis;
  7. Returning to The Philokalic Fathers – the neopatristic movement and the Orthodox Spirituality;
  8. Prayer of Jesus and the experience of Holy Spirit;
  9. Person, Freedom and Holiness;
  10. Liturgy of the Community and the Liturgy of the Heart;
  11. Mystical Realism at Father Stăniloae – Apophaticism, Otherness and Ontology of Divine-Human Communion;
  12. Rev. Fr. Stăniloae’s attitude towards Philosophy.

The International Scientific Committee of the Conference

  • John Mcguckin (Oxford University & Columbia University, New York)
  • Aristotle Papanikolaou (Fordham University, New York)
  • David Bradshaw (University of Kentucky, USA)
  • Demetrios Bathrellos (Hellenic Open University, Athens & Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies of Cambridge)
  • Brandon Gallaher (University of Exeter, UK)
  • Andreas Andreopoulos (University of Winchester, UK)
  • Cyril Hovorun (Yale University – New Haven, Connecticut)

Organizing Committee

  • Dragoș Herescu (Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies of Cambridge);
  • Nikos Gouraros (PEMPTOUSIA & St Maxim the Greek Institute, Athens);
  • Nichifor Tănase (Metropolis of Banat, Archdiocese of Timisoara);
  • Rafael Povârnaru (West University of Timișoara).

Invited Speakers

† Alexander Golitzin (Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

† Vasilios Karayanis (Faculty of Theology of the Church of Cyprus, Nicosia)

Andrew Louth (Durham University, UK)

Sebastian Brock (Oriental Institute of Wolfson College, University of Oxford)

Lucian Turcescu (Concordia University, Montreal)

Elisabeth Theokritoff (Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies of Cambridge)

Jivko Panev (Éditeur et directeur de collection “Orthodoxie” des Éditions du Cerf, Paris-Sud University, Paris XI & Institut de Théologie Orthodoxe Saint-Serge Paris)

Calinic Berger (Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology & Catholic University of America)

Nicolaos Loudovikos (Ecclesiastical Academy of Thessaloniki)

Chrysostom Koutloumousianos (Heythrop College, University of London)

Maria Lidova (Wolfson College, University of Oxford)

Chrysovalantis Kyriacou (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Eirini Artemi (Institute of Pastoral Education of the Archdiocese of Athens)

Mikonja Knežević (University of Pristina, Kosovo)

Silviu Bunta (University of Dayton, Ohio)

Daniel Munteanu (Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg)

Marius Portaru (Patristic Institute Augustinianum, Rome)

Ștefan l. Toma (Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel)

Viorel Coman (KU Leuven – University of Leuven)

Adrian Agachi (University of Winchester, UK)

Nathanael Neacșu (Faculty „Dumitru Stăniloae” of University of Iaşi, Romania)

(et al.)

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