Fribourg – September 2–4, 2021
International Conference with the participation of the Volos Academy for Theological Studies
On September 2-4 the international conference on the general theme: “Building the House of Sophia-Sergii Bulgakov, 150 Years After His Birth,” organised by the Sergii Bulgakov Research Centre at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) in cooperation with the Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University (New York, USA), and the Volos Academy for Theological Studies (Greece) has been successfully held in Fribourg (Switzerland). The conference took place under the patronage of His Grace Dr. Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge (2013–2020) and Archbishop Emeritus of Canterbury.
Sergii Bulgakov was one of the preeminent theologians of the 20th century. The international conference on the occasion of his 150th birthday (16th/28th July 1871 – 13th July 1944) aimed to promote an overall and critical reception of his work in Eastern and Western academic life. The conference explored Bulgakov’s contribution to meeting the challenges of the modern world and to build bridges between East and West on certain critical issues of our era. The colloquium brought young researchers from different theological disciplines and different ecclesiastical traditions into conversation with established Bulgakov specialists.
The conference included 12 main lectures and various thematic panels. Main speakers included: Dr. Antoine Arjakovsky (Co-directeur du département de recherche “Politique et Religions” du Collège des Bernardins, Paris, France), Dr. David Bentley Hart (Faculty Fellow, Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, USA), Dr. Catherine Evtuhov (Professor of History, Department of History, Columbia University, New York, USA), Dr. Brandon Gallaher (Senior Lecturer of Systematic and Comparative Theology, University of Exeter, UK), Dr. Paul Gavrilyuk (Aquinas Chair in Theology and Philosophy, Theology Department, University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA), Dr. John Milbank (President of the Centre of Theology and Philosophy, University of Nottingham, UK), Dr. Barbara Hallensleben (Professor of Dogmatic Theology and Ecumenism, University of Fribourg, Switzerland), Dr. Nathaniel Wood (Associate Director, Orthodox Christian Studies Center, Fordham University, New York, USA), Dr. Pavel Khondzinskii (Dean, Theological Faculty, St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University, Moscow, Russia), Dr. Alexei Kozyrev (Dean, Faculty of Philosophy, Lomonosov University, Moscow, Russia) and Dr. Natalia Vaganova (Lecturer on Philosophy, Theological Faculty, St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University, Moscow, Russia). The key-note speech on “Bulgakov’s Christology”, has been delivered by Rev. Dr. Rowan Williams.
Greetings to the conference were addressed by the organizers, Dr. Mariano Delgado (Dean of the Faculty of Theology of the University of Fribourg), Dr. Regula Zwahlen, (Scientific Director, Sergii Bulgakov Research Center), Dr. Nathaniel Wood (Associate Director, Orthodox Christian Studies Center, Fordham University, New York, USA) and Dr. Pantelis Kalaitzidis (Director, Volos Academy for Theological Studies, Member of the Executive Committee of the European Academy of Religion), while Dr. Barbara Hallensleben (Professor of Dogmatic Theology and Ecumenism, University of Fribourg, Switzerland) introduced the participants to the general theme of the conference.
The Volos Academy for Theological Studies has been represented by Dr. Nikolaos Asproulis (Deputy Director, Volos Academy for Theological Studies; Lecturer, Hellenic Open University) who delivered one of the main lectures on the topic: “From Social Trinity to “Linguistic Trinity”: Sergii Bulgakov’s contribution to analytic theology,” and Dr. Nikos Kouremenos, Research Associate, Volos Academy for Theological Studies, who joined the thematic panel on the “Church” and spoke on: “Is it all the Greeks’ Fault? Reconsidering the Byzantine Legacy in Bulgakov’s «By the Walls of Kherson»”.
For more information about the program and speakers of the conference please visit the official website of the conference: https://www.unifr.ch/sergij-bulgakov/de/forschung/konferenzen/bulgakov-conference-2021/
To read Nikolaos Asproulis’ Abstract click here