ORTHODOX CONSTRUCTIONS OF THE EAST
June 16-19, 2022
“Thessalia” Conference Center
Melissatika, Volos, Greece
Since the time of the conflict between East and West, Eastern and Western Church, the idea of the East and the adjective “eastern” began to gradually replace the concept of the catholicity of the Church. The Orthodox Church is now called “Eastern”, its faithful live mainly in the Eastern Mediterranean and Eastern Europe, and this status as an element of identity will differentiate the Orthodox from the Roman Catholics and later from the Protestants. But what does it mean in practice to be "Eastern" and what are the elements that define the idea of the East? Why in the Orthodox imagination did the idea of the East and the category of “Eastern” assume such great importance? How is the idea of the “East” formed, through what is considered to be a predominant feature of Orthodoxy (Patristic theology, Palamism and Neo-Palamism, liturgical and monastic tradition, Eucharistic ecclesiology, iconography and iconology, Old Calendar, mystical theology, political tradition of Byzantium, etc); And finally, to what extent do the above constitute genuine expressions of the ecclesiastical ethos and Orthodox theological self-consciousness, and to what extent are we faced with a phenomenon of “construction” and “invention”?
All these questions and more will be confronted at the International Conference on the general theme “Orthodox Constructions of the East”, which is organized by the Volos Academy for Theological Studies in collaboration with the Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University (New York, USA), the Chair for Orthodox Theology of the University of Münster (Germany), the Sankt Ignatius Orthodox Theological Academy (Stockholm, Sweden), the Institute for the Study of Culture and Christianity (Belgrade, Serbia), the Center for Philosophy and Theology of Trebinje (Bosnia-Herzegovina), the Biblical Theological Institute of St. Andrew (Moscow, Russia), the Romanian Institute of Inter-Orthodox, Inter-Christian and Inter-Religious Studies (INTER, Cluj-Napoca, Romania) and the European Forum of Orthodox Theological Faculties (EFOST, Bruxelles). The Conference, which was initially scheduled for May 2020 but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will take place between June 16 and 18, 2022 at the “Thessalia” Conference Center, in Melissatika, Volos, Greece, concluding on June 19 with the morning divine liturgy, and will be transmitted live on the Volos Academy YouTube channel.
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