1st INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC CONFERENCE: "THE APOSTLE PAUL AND SAINT GREGORY PALAMAS: FROM ECUMENICAL TO HESYCHASTIC THEOLOGY"

 
1st INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC CONFERENCE
"THE APOSTLE PAUL AND SAINT GREGORY PALAMAS: FROM ECUMENICAL TO HESYCHASTIC THEOLOGY"
The Center of Sts Demetrios and Gregory Palamas and the Center of the Apostle Paul, in collaboration with the Network of Textual and Hermeneutical Ecclesial Tradition (THET), all research units of the School of Pastoral and Social Theology, announce the convocation of an International Academic Conference with the theme:
“The Apostle Paul and Saint Gregory Palamas: From Ecumenical to Hesychastic theology”
The Conference, to be held from March 27 to 28, 2014, will take place at the Faculty of Theology of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Amphitheater Delta (Δ).
The purpose of the Conference is twofold, namely, (1) to put forward aspects of the theological thought of these two figures that converge and unite in subjects pertaining to the spiritual life in Christ, and (2) to highlight the reception of Paul’s teaching in the hermeneutics of Palamas. Paul, as the founder of the church of Thessaloniki in the age of Roman globalization, and Gregory Palamas, as the bishop of the Byzantine city during the crucial times of the encounter between East and West, both leaven, within the common tradition, the Living Bread. They then offer it as logos and as lived experience to “those who hunger and thirst after righteousness”.
 
The general theme of the Conference aims at cultivating that specific hermeneutical approach, which makes use of the unified, orthodox hermeneutical tradition, by simultaneously combining both biblical and patristic theology, while preserving intact the specific character of each discipline. In this regard, the specialized presentations to be given at the Conference will provide opportunity for an in-depth examination of the theological thought of these two preeminent theologians of the Church.
 
LECTURERS
1.      M. JOOST VAN ROSSUM, Institut deThéologie Orthodoxe “Saint Serge”, Paris
2.      PIERRE KEITH, Faculté de Théologie Catholique, Université de Strasbourg
3.      ALEXIS TORRANCE, PhD University of Oxford, Post-doc Research Fellow
4.      CHRISTOS ECOMOMOU, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
5.      DESPO LIALIOU, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
6.      THEODOROS GIAGOU, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
7.      ANNA KOLTSIOU-NIKITA, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
8.      VASSILIOS TSIGKOS, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
9.      SYMEON PASCHALIDIS, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
10.  KYRIAKOULA PAPADEMETRIOU, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
11.  CHRISTOS FILIOTIS-VLACHAVAS, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
12.  NIKODEMOS SCRETTAS-PLEXIDAS, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
13.  KONSTANTINOS BOZINIS, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
14.  SPYRIDON ANTONIOU, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
15.  KONSTANTINOS KARAISSARIDIS, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
16.  KONSTANTINOS KOTSIOPOULOS, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
17.  ANNA KARAMANIDOU, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
18.  SOULTANA LAMPROU, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
19.  TRYPHON TSOMPANIS, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
20.  DEMETRIOS NIKOLAKAKIS, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
21.  FLORA KARAGIANNI, International University of Greece
22.  DIMOSTHENIS KAKLAMANOS, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Date: 
Thursday, 27 March, 2014 to Friday, 28 March, 2014