St Gregory Palamas Seminar

June 19, 2015 - June 22, 2015
International Research into the Philosophical and Theological Work of St Gregory Palamas


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St Gregory Palamas Seminar:

International Research into the Philosophical and Theological Work of
St Gregory Palamas.

Announcement for the First Meeting and Call for Papers: Veroia,
Greece: 19-22 June 2015.

-Participation Fees: 120 Euros (covering registration costs,
accommodation, one meal per day and coffee/tea); for speakers: 70

-Opportunity to visit the Holy Mount Athos for men (with an additional
cost of 50 Euros for EU citizens; 100 Euros for all others).

-If you wish to participate as a speaker, please send by the end of
February 2015, an email with your abstract (350-500 words), and a
short CV to Dr. C. Athanasopoulos, [email protected] and
[email protected]

-Papers read at the Seminar will be published in the UK.

-Information regarding the Seminar: please read below.


After the successful International Conference on the Philosophy and
Theology of St Gregory Palamas (Thessaloniki- Veroia- Holy Mt Athos,
March 2012), the Round Table on St Gregory Palamas' Philosophy at the
World Congress of Philosophy in Athens (August 2013) and the
International Conference on Meister Eckhart and St Gregory Palamas (St
Petersburg State University, St Petersburg, Russia, June 2014), Dr C.
Athanasopoulos (UK- Greece), Professor Dan Chitoiu, State University
of Iasi/Romanian Academy and Professor Oleg Dushin (St Petersburgh,
Russia) decided to collaborate in the foundation of the St Gregory
Palamas Seminar with the purpose of creating an international
discussion space that can be moved across countries and provide a
fruitful forum for exchange of ideas on academically plausible
interpretations and applications of St Gregory Palamas' Philosophy and

Who we are:

The initial team of researchers who founded the Seminar are: Dr.
Constantinos Athanasopoulos, FHEA, UK/Greece; Professor Dan Chitoiu,
State University of Iasi/Romanian Academy, Romania; Professor Oleg
Dushin, Faculty of Philosophy, St Petersburg State University, Russia
(the three referred to from now on as “the founders”). Collaborators
include: Professor Georgios Mantzarides, Emeritus Professor of
Theology, School of Theology, Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki,
Greece; Dr. Theodore Christou, Assistant Professor, Queen’s
University, Canada; Professor Manuel Summares, Porto, Portugal; Ms
Patricia Calvaro, Porto, Portugal; Professor Mikonja Knezevic,
Montenegro, Mr Filip Ivanovic, Research Fellow, Dept of Philosophy &
Religious Studies, Norwegian University of Science and Technology -
Trondheim. The founders would like to invite more collaborators into
the project, please send your request to be included in the list of
participants and collaborators in the Seminar to Dr. C.
Athanasopoulos, [email protected]

What we aim for:

-An annual meeting (of two to five days in duration) of researchers in
the Philosophy and Theology of St Gregory Palamas to exchange views on
the proper interpretation of St Gregory Palamas' works.

-An Inter-disciplinary attitude towards the work of St Gregory
Palamas: historians, theologians, philosophers, aesthetics and art
specialists and other academics meet on a regular basis to investigate
all aspects of St Gregory Palamas' influence.

-An Inter-Faith dimension: Participants from all faiths are welcome as
participants and contributors of the Seminar. This will allow for a
greater understanding of St Gregory Palamas' texts in other faiths and
other Christian denominations.

-An International exchange of views on St Gregory Palamas: the Seminar
has been created with the purpose that it will attract scholars from
all the world and it will meet in different places for each year. The
first meeting of the Seminar will be in 2015 at the Holy Skete of
Veroia and at Holy Mt Athos (19-22 June, 2015). The hope is that
subsequent meetings will take place in Romania, Russia, and other
countries (and possibly again in Greece in the near future). Final
details of the programme of meetings will be arranged in co-operation
with the participants, hosts/organisers and the founders of the

-There will be no official language in the proceedings but the
official language of communication during the Seminar is in English so
as to maintain and support the international character of the Seminar
(this means that the participants can present their views in any
language they wish, but if the contributors do not wish to read their
paper in English they should prepare a translation of their paper in
English, to be distributed to the Seminar participants). All potential
contributors to the proceedings of the Seminar must submit a short CV
and the title and abstract of their presentation in no more than 1000
words in English to the host/organiser of the Seminar for the given

-Proceedings of the Seminar will be published by the host/organiser of
the Seminar in co-operation with the founders of the Seminar.

-Finalised details of the programme for each Seminar will be decided
by the host/organiser of the Seminar in co-operation with the founders
of the Seminar.

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