Senior Research Scholar – Holy Cross, Brookline MA
Fr. Maximos Constas is Senior Research Scholar at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, in Brookline, Mass. He holds a Ph.D. in Patristics and Historical Theology from the Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C. He was a professor of theology at Harvard Divinity School, after which he became a monk at Simonopetra (Mt. Athos). He is the author of The Art of Seeing: Paradox and Perception in Orthodox Iconography (Brookline: Holy Cross Press, forthcoming 2014); an edition and translation of Maximos the Confessor, The Ambigua to Thomas and the Ambigua to John, 2 vols. (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2014); and Proclus of Constantinople and the Cult of the Virgin in Late Antiquity (Leiden: Brill, 2003); as well as numerous articles and translations. His work focuses on the patristic and Byzantine theological tradition, Orthodox spirituality, the history of the reception of biblical and patristic sources in the late Byzantine era, and the theological study of Byzantine art, icons and iconography.
SNFS Professor of Medieval Philosophy – University of Lausanne
Christophe Erismann is SNSF Professor of Medieval Philosophy at the University of Lausanne, where he leads a research project devoted to the Aristotelian category of relative, with emphasis on the early medieval inquiry about relations. After a PhD thesis on The genesis and constitution of early medieval realism about universals, he has held research positions at the Warburg Institute (University of London), at the University of Cambridge and at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. His publications include L’homme commun. La genèse du réalisme ontologique durant le haut Moyen âge (Paris, Vrin, 2011) and several articles on the problems of essence, universals and individuation during Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages.
Professor of the History of Philosophy – Sv. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia
Prof. D. Sc. Georgi Kapriev (Burgas, 1960) is a graduate of the Sofia University “St. Climent Ohridski” in philosophy. He has specialized in Cologne and Paris. He is a member of the International Society for Study of the Mediaeval Philosophy (S.I.E.P.M.), of the Society for Study of the Philosophy of the Middle Ages in Germany (GPMR), of the Semiotic Society of America and a co-founder of the European Graduate School for Ancient and Mediaeval Philosophy (EGSAMP). He was a visiting professor at the University of Cologne in 2005/6 and 2013 and a visiting lecturer at the universities of Amsterdam, Bari, Berlin, Bonn, Bochum, Cologne, Hannover, Karlsruhe, Lausanne, Lecce, Münster, Würzburg, Zürich etc. He is the author of 19 books and editor of 21 editions, among other Византийска философия (East-West, Sofia 2011); Максим Изповедник. Въведение в мисловната му система (East-West, Sofia 2010); Philosophie in Byzanz (Königshausen & Neumann, Würzburg 2005); …ipsa vita et veritas. Der “ontologische Gottesbeweis” und die Ideenwelt Anselms von Canterbury, (Brill, Leiden-Boston-Köln 1998). Editor-in-chief of http://www.philosophia.bg. Co-editor of: Archive for Mediaeval Philosophy and Culture, Bibliotheca Christiana, Christianity and Culture etc.
Professor of Theology – University Ecclesiastical Academy of Thessaloniki
Nicholas Loudovikos is Professor of Dogmatics at the University Ecclesiastical Academy of Thessaloniki, director of studies and chair of its Department of Theological and Pastoral Studies, Ηonorary Research Fellow at the University of Winchester, Visiting Prof. at the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, Cambridge. His recent books include: In English: A Eucharistic Ontology: Maximus the Confessor’s Eschatological Ontology of Being as Dialogical Reciprocity, Holy Cross Press, Brookline Mass., 2010. In Greek: A Eucharistic Gnosiology, Armos, Athens, forthcoming; Striving for Participation: Being and Methexis in Gregory Palamas and Thomas Aquinas, Armos, Athens 2010; The Terrors of the Person and the Ordeals of Love: Critical Meditations for a Postmodern Theological Ontology, Armos, Athens 2009; Theopoiia: Postmodern theological Aporia, Armos, Athens 2007; Orthodoxy and Modernization: Byzantine Individualization, State and History in the Perspective of the European Future, Armos, Athens 2006; Psychoanalysis and Orthodox Theology:on Desire, Catholicity and Eschatology, Armos Athens 2004; A Theological History of Ancient Greek Philosophy, Pournaras, Thessaloniki 2003; An Apophatic Ecclesiology of Consubstantiality, Armos, Athens 2002; Closed Spirituality and the Meaning of the Self: Christian Mysticism of Power and the Truth of Personhood and Nature, Ellinika Grammata, Athens 1999.
Emeritus Professor of of Patristic and Byzantine Studies – Durham University
Andrew Louth has been at Durham University since 1996, for most of the time as Professor of Patristic and Byzantine Studies. He studied at the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh. His thesis was on Karl Barth. He serves currently as a Visiting Professor at the VU University of Amsterdam. His research interests lie mostly in the history of theology in the Greek tradition, mostly in periods later than what is generally studied in English universities: that is, after the fifth century, in the period of the Byzantine Empire (up to 1453), but also later, especially in the modern period (nineteenth century and later), where his research interests also include Russian and Romanian (Orthodox) theology. This interest also embraces the philosophical traditions (often called ‘Neoplatonic’) of the Byzantine period. Some of his writings are: The Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition: From Plato to Denys (Oxford: 2007), Greek East And Latin West: The Church AD 681-1071 (St Vladimirs Seminary Press: 2007), Maximus the Confessor (Routledge: 1996), St John Damascene: Tradition and Originality in Byzantine Theology (Oxford: 2005), Denys the Areopagite (Continuum: 2002).
Associate Professor of Philosophy – College of the Holy Cross, Boston MA
John Panteleimon Manoussakis is an associate professor of philosophy at the College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA) and an honorary fellow of the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy at the Australian Catholic University. He received his doctorate in Philosophy from Boston College in 2005. His research area includes philosophy of religion, phenomenology, ancient Greek philosophy (especially Plato and the Neo-Platonic Tradition) and Patristics. Among other publications, he wrote God After Metaphysics: A Theological Aesthetic (Indiana University Press, 2007), edited After God: Richard Kearney and the Theological Turn in Continental Philosophy(Fordham University Press, 2005), and co-edited Phenomenology and Eschatology: Not Yet in the Now (Ashgate 2009).
Professor of Philosophy – University of Oslo
Torstein Theodor Tollefsen is Professor in Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas at the University of Oslo. His area of specialization is late antique and early Byzantine Christian philosophy, especially doctrines of creation, cosmology, Trinitarian theology, and icon-theology. He is the author of the books The Christocentric Cosmology of St. Maximus the Confessor (Oxford 2008), and Activity and Participation in Late Antiquity and Early Christian Thought (Oxford 2012).
Emeritus Professor of Philosophy – Panteion University, Athens
Born in 1935 (Athens), Christos Yannaras is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens. He studied Theology at the University of Athens and Philosophy at the Universities of Bonn (Germany) and Paris (France). He is a Ph.D of the Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines of the University of Sorbonne (Paris) and a Ph.D. of the Faculty of Theology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece). He has been nominated Doctor of Philosophy, honoris causa, at the University of Belgrade and also at the St. Vladimir’s Seminary, New York and the Holy Cross School, Boston; Visiting Professor at the Universities of Paris (the Catholic Faculty), Geneva, Lausanne and Crete; Professor of Philosophy at the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens, from 1982 to 2002; and elected member of the Hellenic Authors’ Society. The focus of Professor Yannaras’ academic work is his long-term study and research on the differences between the Hellenic and the Western European philosophy and theological-ecclesiastical traditions. His bibliography includes: The Freedom of Morality, Crestwood, N.Y., 1984, Person and Eros, Holy Cross Orthodox Press (2008), The Meaning of Reality, Los Angeles, Sebastian Press 2011.
Short paper panels:
Andreas Andreopoulos (University of Winchester)
George Arabatzis (University of Athens)
Michael Bakker (ACEOT – VU Amsterdam)
Emma C J Brown (Durham University)
Dorothy Chang (Columbia University)
Dan Chitoiu (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi)
Vladimir Cvetkovic (University of Belgrade)
Natalie Depraz (Université de Rouen)
Nevena Dimitrova (Charles University in Prague)
Elena Giannakopoulou (University of Athens)
Demetrios Harper (University of Winchester)
Michael Harrington (Duquesne University)
Myroslav Hryshko (Ljubljana)
Cullan Joyce (MCD University Melbourne)
Karolina Kochańczyk – Bonińska (Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw)
Joshua Lollar (University of Kansas)
Michail Mantzanas (University Ecclesiastical Academy of Athens)
Nicholas Marinides (University of Basel)
Smilen Markov (St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo)
Sebastian Mateiescu (University of Bucharest)
Sotiris Mitralexis (Freie University Berlin)
Alexei Nesteruk (University of Portsmouth)
Ilias Papagiannopoulos (University of Piraeus)
Jack Pappas (Boston College)
Marius Portaru (Patristic Institute Augustinianum)
Douglas Auld Shepardson (Fordham University)
Dionisios Skliris (University Paris IV-Sorbonne)
George Steiris (University of Athens)
Alexandru Szabo (KU Leuven)
Nichifor Tănase (Eftimie Murgu University of Resita)
Stoyan Tanev (University of Southern Denmark)
Antonio Vargas (Humboldt University Berlin)
Anna Zhyrkova (Akademia Ignatianum w Krakowie)