ST. SYMEON THE NEW THEOLOGIAN:
TO THE THEOLOGY OF THE LIGHT AND GRACE.
May 26-29, 2022
“Thessalia” Conference Center
Melissatika, Volos, Greece
Commemorating the millennium from the dormition of St. Symeon the New Theologian (1022-2022), Volos Academy for Theological Studies organizes an international conference to honor his personality and his contribution to Orthodox theology and spirituality. The conference, under the title “St. Symeon the New Theologian: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Theology of Light and Grace”, will take place in Volos, Greece, in situ, between May 26 and 29, 2022, bringing together scholars who have contribute significantly to the research on the work of St. Symeon the New Theologian as well as to its reception in philosophical, historical, philological and theological perspective.
The renewal of the interest in the study of the work and thought of St. Symeon during the last decades has brought to the surface a number of both timely and timeless questions concerning, one way or another, the entire Christian world. The relationship between institution and charisma and between sacraments and asceticism; the understanding of faith and doctrinal teaching as content of personal consciousness; the anthropology of deification and the emergence of the Christian subject and of its responsibility inside the ecclesial body are only some of the aspects of the relevant and on-going discussion. The new approach of these issues, based on the critical and prophetic character of theology, demands a creative and fruitful reflection, evidently including the particularities of our times in the perspective of an authentic experience of the life in Christ in the context of our current post-modern reality.
The Conference speakers and the topics of their presentations are as follows, in draft program order:
Prof. Barbara Crostini (Adjunct Professor in Byzantine Greek, Department of Linguistics and Philology, Uppsala University): Saint Symeon (the New Theologian) and Syria: Exploring Christian Experiences at the Turn of the Millennium
Rev. Dr. Sabino Chialà (Prior at the Monastic Community of Bose, Italy): Had Symeon the New Theologian read Isaac the Syrian?
Prof. Manolis Patedakis (Associate Professor in Byzantine Philology, University of Crete): The “recreation” (anaplasis) of images about God in Symeon the New Theologian
Georgios Gousgouriotis (PhD candidate, Research Associate at the Patriarchal Institute of Patristic Studies, Thessaloniki): The reception of Symeon the New Theologianʼs work during the 11 th-12th centuries: the case of Vassileios protasekretisʼ poems.
Revd. Dr. Evangelos Ganas (Electrical Engineer, National Technical University of Athens, Licentiate in Theology, University of Athens): Saint Symeon the New Theologian as a witness of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ
Dr. Courtney Tomaselli (Instructor, Loyola University Chicago): “To Such Men authority to bind and loose is given by God…:” Symeon the New Theologian on Confession in the Psalter. Vat.gr. 1927.
Dr. Eirini Afentoulidou (Research Associate, Institute of Medieval Research, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna): Reception of Symeon the New Theologian in the manuscript tradition: Editors, copyists, readers.
Prof. Panayiotis Yfantis (Professor of Patristic thought and Hagiology, School of Theology, University of Thessaloniki): St. Symeon the New Theologian in the hagiographical pattern of Eastern Orthodox Tradition
Dr. Marie-Hélène Congourdeau (Chargée de recherche honoraire, Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Paris): Urban monasticism in the time of Symeon the New Theologian
Prof. Dimitrios Moschos (Professor in Church History, School of Theology, University of Athens): Monastic Theology of St. Symeon the New Theologian in relation to the ancient monastic patterns the East
Revd. Dr. Alexandros Chouliaras (Adjuct Lecturer of Patristics, Anthropology, and Spirituality, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens): St Symeon the New Theologian and St. Gregory Palamas on the Experience of God: Implications for Contemporary Christian Life.
Rev. Dr. Adalberto Mainardi (Monastic Community of Bose): St Symeon the New Theologian in the Russian Spirituality
Revd. Dr. Basil (Milan) Gavrilovic : Eschatological condition according to Gregory of Nyssa and Symeon the New Theologian: A comparison of “ ἐπέκτασις ” and “στάσις ἀεικίνητος ”
Dr. Achilleas Dellopoulos (Post-Doctotrate researcher, University of Athens): The practice of the senses as a prerequisite for deification in St Symeon’s anthropology
Prof. Vasilios Tsigkos (Professor in Dogmatics, School of Theology, University of Thessaloniki): The theology of the “whole” man to Saint Symeon the New Theologian and modern theology.
Dr. Dimitrios Oulis (Adjunct Lecturer in New Religious Movements, School of Theology, University of Athens): The Dialectics of Freedom and Necessity in St Symeon the New Theologian
Prof. Ekaterini Tsalampouni (Associate Professor in New Testament, School of Theology, University of Thessaloniki): The use of New Testament in the writing of St. Symeon the New Theologian
Prof. Stavros Yangazoglou (Associate Professor in Dogmatics, School of Theology, University of Athens): Was St. Symeon a forerunner of Hesychasm? The vision of God according to St. Symeon and St. Gregory Palamas
Prof. Istvan Perczel (Professor in Philosophy and Byzantine History, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest): The role of the body in the vision of God according to St. Symeon the New Theologian
Prof. Paul Argárate (Professor in Eastern Orthodoxy Patristics, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz): Theosis and Holy Spirit in Symeon the New Theologian
Dr. Theophilos Abatzidis (Research Associate, Volos Academy): Life in Christ as a foretaste of the society of the eschaton. Observations in the eschatological references of Symeon the New Theologian
Prof. Paul Gavrilyuk (Professor, St Thomas University, Minesota, President of IOTA): St Symeon the New Theologian, Embodiment, Deification, and the Spiritual Senses Tradition
The opening of the Conference will take place on the afternoon of Thursday, May 26, while on Sunday, May 29, the Conference will be concluded with the morning holy liturgy. The Conference is open for the public upon registration on the webpage https://forms.gle/xZrJjCRd16vnbN7p7 and it costs 10 euro (including the Conference folder and 4 coffee breaks) or 20 euro (including the folder, 4 coffee breaks and 2 meals).
Here you can find the program of the conference.
You can also watch the conference online on the Academy's YouTube channel by simply clicking on the corresponding link of each day:
You can read the booklet of the conference here.
The poster icon comes from a 17th century fresco preserved at the Kyriakon of Kavsokalyvia (Mount Athos) and was published for the first time on the cover of the Greek τ heological journal Synaxi (issue 10, 1984).