[MGSA-L] CALL for PAPERS - "Maximus the Confessor as a European Philosopher", Berlin, September 26-28, 2014

Sotiris Mitralexis sotmitral at gmail.com
Tue Mar 18 17:48:06 PDT 2014



maximus2014berlin at gmail.com


*Call for Papers:*

*Maximus the Confessor as a European Philosopher*

*September 26-28, 2014 – Berlin*

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The study of Maximus the Confessor’s thought has flourished in recent
years: annual international conferences, publications and articles, new
critical editions and translations mark a torrent of interest in the work
and influence of the most sublime of the Byzantine Fathers. It has been
repeatedly stated that the Confessor’s thought is of eminently
philosophical interest, and his work has been approached from a
philosophical point of view in a number of monographs. However, no
dedicated collective scholarly engagement with Maximus the Confessor *as a
Philosopher* has taken place – and this colloquium will attempt to start
such a discussion. Apart from Maximus’ relevance and importance for
philosophy in general, a second question arises: should towering figures of
Byzantine philosophy like Maximus the Confessor be included in an overview
of the European continent’s history of philosophy, or rather excluded from
it – as happens today with most histories of European philosophy? Maximus’
historical presence challenges our understanding of *what European
philosophy is*. In this colloquium, we will begin to address these issues
and examine numerous aspects of Maximus’ philosophical ‘system’: the
*logoi *doctrine, Maximus’ anthropology and the human will’s freedom, the
theory of motion, his understanding of time and space etc. – thereby also
stressing the interdisciplinary character of Maximian studies.

Organizing Committee: PD Dr. Sebastian Lalla (Freie Universität Berlin),
Sotiris Mitralexis (Freie Universität Berlin), Prof. Dr. George Arabatzis
(University of Athens), Prof. Dr. George Steiris (University of
Athens). Poster image: detail from George Kordis’ icon “*St Maximus the
Confessor contemplating the λόγοι of beings*“.

Featuring: <http://maximus2014.eu/speakers/>

*Nicholas Constas*

Former Associate Professor of Theology – Harvard University, Cambridge MA

*Christophe Erismann*

SNFS Professor of Medieval Philosophy – University of Lausanne

*Nikolaos Loudovikos*

Professor of Theology – University Ecclesiastical Academy of Thessaloniki

*Andrew Louth*

Emeritus Professor of of Patristic and Byzantine Studies – Durham University

*John Panteleimon Manoussakis*

Associate Professor of Philosophy – College of the Holy Cross, Boston MA

*Torstein Tollefsen*

Professor of Philosophy – University of Oslo

*Christos Yannaras*

Emeritus Professor of Philosophy – Panteion University, Athens

and a significant number of short papers.

Call for Papers

We welcome  paper proposals (presentation duration: 20 minutes) on Maximus
the Confessor’s thought, work and relevance to any area of Philosophy by
scholars in Philosophy, Byzantine Studies, Theology and related
disciplines. Papers may examine the relationship of Maximus’ thought to
that of other thinkers, but the paper must focus on Maximus the Confessor’s
contribution. All papers must be presented in English.

Please send us the title and a short abstract of your presentation (200-400
words) in English, along with a short CV, *until Sunday, May 11, 2014* via
e-mail to *maximus2014berlin [ at ] gmail.com <http://gmail.com>*. You will
be informed concerning your possible acceptance on Monday, May 12, 2014,
and you will be asked to submit the registration fee via bank transfer.

A volume on Maximus the Confessor as a Philosopher based on the colloquium
is planned to be published.


Please send us your (1) full name with title, (2) institutional
affiliation, (3) e-mail, (4) cellphone number and (5) postal address
to *maximus2014berlin
[ at ] gmail.com <http://gmail.com> *with the subject “Registration” *until
May 16, 2014*. Subsequently, you will be provided with information
concerning the bank transfer of the registration fee.

The registration fee of 120,00€ covers *registration*, the *coffee* breaks
throughout the conference, as well as *two conference dinners* on
September 26th and 27th. Accommodation and lunches are not included.


The exact venue of the colloquium in Berlin will be announced soon.

Sotiris Mitralexis

Doctoral Candidate in Philosophy at the Freie Universität Berlin
Brunnenstr. 151, 10115 Berlin
sotmitral at gmail.com
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