CFP: Comparativism and the Study of Ancient Mediterranean Pilgrimage (Deadline: October 1, 2016)

CFP: Comparativism and the Study of Ancient Mediterranean Pilgrimage - CFP Deadline October 1, 2016; Conference April 15-17, 2017 at Aarhus University

"The Emergence of Sacred Travel" project is currently planning our third
and final symposium, *"Comparativism and the Study of Ancient Mediterranean
Pilgrimage",* to be held in Aarhus from 15-17 May, 2017.
The symposium provides a comparative, cross-disciplinary platform for the discussion of ancient pilgrimage. Focus on the act of pilgrimage is reshaping our understanding of the interconnections between the religious traditions of the Mediterranean Basin by linking Jewish pilgrims to the Jerusalem Temple with the theoric interdynamics between major Greek sanctuaries, the power of healing shrines to attract travellers on simultaneously sacred and medically-motivated journeys in Greek, Roman, and other cultural contexts with the explicit 'pilgrimage' traditions of Christian or Muslim holy centres or healing places.

Bridging traditional chronological and disciplinary divisions, the symposium seeks to
compare and contrast 'Classical' traditions of sacred travel (set wide to include continental Europe, the Mediterranean, Near East and North Africa during the first millennium BC-AD) with both earlier and later forms of pilgrimage. By acknowledging the emergence of sacred travel within this long-term trajectory, we get a clearer picture of the phenomenon’s later historical development, including Islamic Hajj, Medieval travel to the Holy Land and contemporary traditions of pilgrimage, as well as discovering what structural, social or experiential similarities and differences can be drawn out. By actively seeking scholarly interactions from different disciplines – prehistoric, Classical and medieval archaeology, human geography, theology and religious studies, history, and literary studies – and with a variety of theoretical perspectives - sociological, phenomenological, economic – the symposium aims to illuminate the emergence, place and endurance of pilgrimage as a form of religious behaviour.

CFP: We are particularly interested in comparative papers that bridge traditional disciplinary
and chronological boundaries. Please send title and abstract (max. 300 words), and a brief
CV to Troels Myrup Kristensen by 1 October 2016. The organizers will review proposals and respond by mid-October.  Accepted speakers will be given 30 minutes for their presentations, followed by 15 minutes of discussion. Accommodation, lunches during the symposium, and conference dinner will be funded by the organizers. Speakers will need to provide their own transportation to Aarhus.

Following the conference, speakers will be invited to contribute to a dynamically-structured, dialogic volume based on the symposium, to be published as part of the Aarhus Studies in Mediterranean Antiquity series (Aarhus University Press).

Confirmed keynote speakers:

  • Simon ColemanChancellor Jackman Professor of Religion and Anthropology, University of Toronto, Canada.
  • David Frankfurter, William Goodwin Aurelio Chair in the Appreciation of Scripture and Professor of Religion, Boston University, USA
  • Nicholas Purcell, Camden Professor of Ancient History, University of Oxford, UK.
  • Ian Rutherford, Professor of Greek, University of Reading, UK.

Organisers: Troels Myrup Kristensen ( and Anna Collar (klaacollarAT, both Department of History and Classical Studies, Aarhus University.
Dr A. C. F. Collar
Assistant Professor of Classical Archaeology: Aarhus University, Denmark

Special CFP for Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations (SCJR) 2017 Volume: Marking the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Special CFP for Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations (SCJR) 2017 Volume: Marking the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations is the journal of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations and is published by the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College. The Journal publishes peer-reviewed scholarship on the history, theology, and contemporary realities of Jewish-Christian relations and reviews new materials in the field. The Journal also provides a vehicle for exchange of information, cooperation, and mutual enrichment in the field of Christian-Jewish studies and relations.

The Journal may be accessed freely on the internet.

Please visit the Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations website at

The editorial board of Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations invites submissions for its current and future volumes. Interested authors are encouraged to contact the editors in advance. All papers will be subject to peer-review before acceptance for publication.

Special CFP for 2017 Volume: Marking the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
The Editorial Board of Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations would like to mark the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation with a special issue, or a special section of articles, in the 2017 volume of the journal. The Reformation, the historical and theological impact of Luther’s teachings about Jews, and the contemporary relevance of these teachings fall within our range of publications, and we welcome submissions to help mark this important anniversary. If you have any questions or would like to submit an article, please contact us. The deadline for submissions would be October 1, 2017, to allow time for the review process and editing.

Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations
Ruth Langer, Co-Editor
Kevin Spicer, CSC, Co-Editor
Adam Gregerman, Review Editor
Camille Fitzpatrick Markey, Managing Editor

CFP: “The Byzantine Missionary Activity and Its Legacy in Europe” (11-12 November, 2016)

Call for Papers


Special Thematic Strand for 2016

“The Byzantine Missionary Activity and Its Legacy in Europe",
Skopje, 11-12 November, 2016 (Click here for poster in pdf)

Organised by “EURO-BALKAN” UNIVERSITY, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia and UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA, Ravenna Campus-School of Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Italy
With the financial support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia

The International scientific symposium “Days of Justinian I” is an annual interdisciplinary scholarly forum aimed at the presentation of the latest research followed by discussions on various aspects of Byzantine and Medieval Studies, that include the treatment and interpretation of cultural, historical and spiritual heritage in contemporary Europe. The Symposium is dedicated to Emperor Justinian I with the aim to address a broad range of issues related to Byzantium and the European Middle Ages, comprising the exploration of the cultural and historical legacy as an integrative component of the diversities and commonalities of Unified Europe.

This year the International Symposium “Days of Justinian I” chose a special thematic strand “The Byzantine Missionary Activity and Its Legacy in Europe”, commemorating 1100 years since the death of St. Clement of Ohrid. St. Clement’s missionary activity in Macedonia, grounded on the perseverance of the tradition of Constantine-Cyril and Methodius, demonstrates the complexity of the religious and cultural interactions and the profound impact of the missionary work. Consequently, the missions of Cyril and Methodius received almost no attention in Byzantine sources, while our knowledge of St. Clement’s work is originally based on Byzantine worldview. This notion is relevant both to Medieval and Contemporary times, implying the intricacies in the interpretation of the missionary initiatives and their importance in legitimizing the political and ideological projects. Aside from competing claims, the recurrent appropriation of the traditions arising from the illustrious missionaries from the Middle Ages left a fundamental legacy that transcends the national and cultural borders of Europe.

The missionary activity as a universal phenomenon embraces broader issues, geographical areas and chronological scope. Тhe Symposium will address the diverse contours of this phenomenon, exploring various aspects of religion, politics, ideology, identity, ethnicity, literary and artistic expression, political and cultural memory reflected in the historical and cultural legacy.

Papers are welcomed on various topics that may include, but are not limited to the following areas of discussion:

 The concept of the Apostolic mission
 Interpreting the missionary activity of the apostle Paul
 Byzantine and Western Missions Compared
 Christianization and the concept of barbarism
 The conversion of Europe: From Paganism to Christianity
 Missionary enterprises beyond the frontiers: Cultural interaction between East and West
 Monasticism and missionary work
 Missionary, war and diplomacy
 Missionary and strategies of distinction
 The Missions of Ss. Cyril and Methodius: Reconstructing the cultural routes in Europe
 Interpreting the missionary work of St. Clement of Ohrid: Medieval and Modern context
 Saints and Missionaries
 Legends and oral traditions
 The Political Uses of the Medieval Past
 Ideological expression of Byzantine and Medieval art
 Music and liturgical practices
 Literary Receptions of the Middle Ages
 Heritage politics and the perception of the Past
 Preserving the cultural heritage: Restoration and protection
 The messages of medieval visual narratives
 The representation of Byzantium in material culture: medieval and modern concepts and approaches


First Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: 5 August, 2016
Second Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: 15 October, 2016
Notification of acceptance for early applicants: 10 August, 2016
Notification of acceptance for other applicants: 20 October, 2016
Deadline for submitting the full papers for publication: 1 March, 2017

Please send the application form to the address:;

Blvd. Aleksandar Makedonski 24, 1000, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Tel/Fax. 00389 2 3075570

Presentation of the papers will be limited to 10 minutes.
Working languages: Macedonian, Italian and English.
No participation fee is required.
Travel and accommodation expenses are covered by the participants themselves.
The full papers will be peer-reviewed by the International Scientific Committee.
Papers delivered at the Symposium will be published in the Proceedings of the Symposium.
For further inquires please contact the Secretary of the Symposium: Dr. Dragan Gjalevski -

Please check the Euro-Balkan website: for news on the Symposium, the agenda, special events and the online application form.

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Symposiarch: Professor Mitko B. Panov
Euro-Balkan University / University of Bologna

Prof. Mitko B. Panov
Prof. Giuseppe Maino
Prof. Rubin Zemon
Prof. Donatella Biagi Maino
Prof. Vesna Matijasević Pokupec
Prof. Jane Kodjabasija
Dr. Vangel Nonevski
M.A. Igor Panev
M.A. Dragana Broz


Prof. Mitko B. Panov (Institute of National History / Euro-Balkan University, Skopje)
Prof. Florin Curta (University of Florida)
Prof. Giuseppe Maino (University of Bologna)
Prof. Carolyn S. Snively (Gettysburg College)
Prof. Donatella Biagi Maino (University of Bologna)
Acad. Vitomir Mitevski (Macedonian Academy of Science and Arts, Skopje)
Prof. Elizabeta Dimitrova (University Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje)
Dr. Andrew Roach (Glasgow University)
Prof. Jane Kodjabasija (Euro-Balkan University, Skopje)
Prof. Maja Jakimovska - Tosic (Institute of Macedonian Literature, Skopje)
Prof. Viktor Lilčić (Cultural Heritage Protection Office / University Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje)
Prof. Dragi Gjorgjiev (Institute of National History, Skopje)
Dr. Aleksandar Spasenovski (Law Faculty, University Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje)
Prof. Hrvoje Gračanin (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb)
Prof. Georgi Nikolov (Faculty of History, Sofia University)

2nd International Conference on Art & Archaeology (Jerusalem) 2016 Theme: Archaeology Strengthened by Measurement Techniques

The 2d Art & Archaeology 2016 Conference will take place in Jerusalem, Israel on December 11-14, 2016 (CFP Deadline: July 31, 2016).

Official homepage:

Art & Archaeology 2016 Major Themes

Ethical Perspectives; Values and Principles at Stake

  • Implementation of integrated strategies satisfying conservation code of practice and research code of ethics
  • Public display, conservation treatment and scientific research, is it safe? Impact of handling on integrity of cultural heritage
  • Measurements and calculations; dealing with margins of error and contamination problem

Non Invasive Spectroscopic Research and Analysis

  • Re-constructing the evidence: studies of historical objects
  • Non-invasive preservation monitoring, new developments and applications
  • Spectroscopic techniques as a conservation treatment tool in art and archaeology
  • Microarchaeology
  • Re-constructing the evidence: studies in archaeology
  • On-site sampling and analysis
  • Archaeometry and microanalyses

Authentication vs. Detection of Forgery

  • Scientific examination of evidence of manufacture, use and provenance
  • Complementary and comparative micro-analytical techniques refining interpretation of the past
  • Museology; identifying and determining historical values proving authenticity

Digital Imaging and Computer Science

  • Digital applications in conservation of art and archaeology
  • Reconstructing the evidence in art and archaeology using advanced digital techniques
  • Contactless scanning of objects; morphometric measurements

In addition, papers on Biblical-related archaeological findings and archaeology in the Holy Land are welcome.

CFP Deadline: 300 word abstract by July 31, 2016.  Official language of the conference is English
Please send proposals to:
Secretariat: The Secretariat
Art & Archaeology 2016
P.O. Box 574, Jerusalem 9100402, Israel
Tel: ++972-2-6520574
Fax: ++972-2-6520558

“Stardust to Stardust”: The Estelle Shohet Brettman Memorial (d. June 24, 1991)

"It is with sadness that I am writing on behalf of the Executive Board of the International Catacomb Society that Estelle Brettman passed away on June 24, 1991.

Last fall, Estelle had an operation, but seemed to be recovering from it fairly well. A few weeks ago, she suddenly became very ill, and entered the hospital. Her husband Richard, who had been in the hospital for several months, died seven days after Estelle was hospitalized.

All of us who have known Estelle, know well her courage, her strong will, and her commitment to carrying out the tasks she set for herself. The weeks of Dick's last illness were extremely difficult for her. She spent inordinate amounts of strength and spirit looking out for him, and, although I don't think anyone was aware of it, I believe she began to sense that her own time was growing short. Around the middle of May, she spoke of her concerns and of the need to make arrangements for the future of the ICS and to insure that her book would be finished.
By last spring (1991), Estelle had been ill for a while, but, characteristically, paying as little attention to her own needs as possible. (Husband) Dick's condition had gotten much worse, and Estelle was desperately fighting for his life. Characteristically, she had totally denied and ignored her own suffering, until she suddenly and totally collapsed.

Unfortunately, what none of us were aware of was how sick she herself was.  Dick died on May 30, 1991, and Estelle was gone on June 24. Since then, we at the International Catacomb Society have been trying to carry on her work as well as we can. You will understand me when I say that Estelle was the ICS, and things will never be the same without her, but we are clear about what her vision was, and are dedicated to doing our best to follow it.
We are asking ICS members and friends of Estelle for anecdotes or stories about here - any observations or comments that will strike chords with those of us who knew her, and fill out the picture of her for those who did not get the chance to know her.
Estelle's personality was so vivid that in some ways, for us, she has not really gone. She also will have a living memorial in the work she started, and the scholarly projects that we hope will result from her foresight.

It was also Estelle's hope (and she made provision for it) that the ICS would continue to exist as an autonomous organization.

That Estelle was an extraordinary person we do not need to tell you. The ICS, her exhibition, her book, and what they have and will accomplish in bringing people together to recognize and celebrate their shared humanity, will be her memorial.

- Florence Z. Wolsky, Secretary, International Catacomb Society, May 15, 1992

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Photographs of the Brettman family grave in the Beth El Cemetery (Crawford Street Section), West Roxbury, MA.

Creative and Courageous Stewardship: the ICS Challenge to Serve

(Below are intimate portraits of Estelle Shohet Brettman by close friends and associates written not long after her death on June 24, 1991.  In a genuine and spontaneous manner, they provide insight into the unprecedented success of her campaign to raise international awareness of the artistic and anthropological significance of the Jewish and Christian catacombs of Rome.)

Pictured: artist David Renka's preliminary sketches for an International Catacomb Society medal.

"Estelle Shohet Brettman was fearless in the wide sweep of her beliefs and dream, and even if might have individually thought from time to tome that "this" or "that" "couldn't be done" when we were with her, she was aways off and running and actually "doing it"! I know she attracted so many different people to the International Catacomb Society for so many different reasons, not because she was a perfect person or leader, but because she was such a talented and committed human being.  I loved Estelle for all the verve and optimism and incredible energy she brought to the ICS.  She was just an incredible optimist and a big thinker.  Her sudden and painful death in mid-1991 was a terrible personal loss to those of us who admired her so much.
Estelle's bequest to us - of her book, her notes, her slides, photographs, and collections, and many other tangible assets and, above all, that intangible but still indomitable Spirit that lives on in or memories, also includes a great, grave charge and challenge to us to be as wise and as courageous and as creative as Estelle was in our stewardship of the advancement and fulfillment of her wishes and vision for the ICS."

- Allen Swartz, International Catacomb Society Treasurer, September 23, 1998


"Thank you for your kindness in letting me know about Estelle. ... All of us who had the pleasure of working with Estelle during the preparation of her show were stunned by the news of her death. It was rather like being told that a river had quit flowing... you just can't believe it.

Having known her for only a short period it would be unseemly for me to tell you, an old friend, what she was like. Just let me say that we all lost not only a gracious person, but a fun one who though at times was capable of driving me up the wall, never did so through malice or pettiness but because of a sincere and laudable desire that what was done be well done."

-David M. Renka, March 22, 1994

Photograph of micsboardBookScanStation-2016-06-01-11-55-14-AMembers of ICS, including officers Estelle Shohet Brettman, Allen Swartz, Dick Brettman, and Florence Wolsky.

“Forma Urbis” Award for Ancient/Early Medieval Studies (Deadline: August 22, 2016)

Forma Urbis Award 2016

The annual "Forma Urbis" award for Archaeology is given to an original work in archaeology and related disciplines.  Scholars of all nations (up to 36 years of age) are eligible to apply.  Collaborative works by more than one author can be submitted for consideration.  More information (in Italian) is at this link.

Premio Forma Urbis 2016

BANDO 2016 (link)

Il Premio annuale Forma Urbis per l’archeologia è un’iniziativa rivolta a laureati in discipline antichistiche, italiani e stranieri, di livello specialistico o equipollente (che non abbiano compiuto i 36 anni di età), atta a selezionare saggi originali relativi a tematiche inerenti: indagini di carattere archeologico, architettonico, paesaggistico, topografico, storico, artistico, antropologico e museologico sul mondo antico (fino all’Alto Medioevo).

Vi ricordiamo che i vincitori delle precedenti edizioni del Premio Forma Urbis non possono più prendere parte al concorso e che non è comunque possibile parteciparvi più di due volte, pena l’esclusione.
Sono, invece, ammessi contributi a più nomi.

La selezione dei vincitori è affidata a un’apposita commissione esaminatrice scelta tra esperti archeologi e giornalisti scientifici.
La consegna del premio è accompagnata dalla realizzazione di un evento-tavola rotonda di approfondimento su un tema specifico.

Agli studi selezionati è garantita la pubblicazione sulla rivista Forma Urbis nel mese di ottobre.

Al Primo classificato verranno, inoltre, conferiti un assegno di ricerca di € 1.000,00 (euro mille), una targa a ricordo dell’evento e un abbonamento annuale alla rivista. Al Secondo classificato verranno conferiti un assegno di ricerca di € 500,00 (euro cinquecento), una targa a ricordo dell’evento e un abbonamento annuale alla rivista. Al Terzo classificato verranno conferiti un assegno di ricerca di € 300,00 (euro trecento), una targa a ricordo dell’evento e un abbonamento annuale alla rivista. Al Quarto e al Quinto classificato verranno assegnati una targa a ricordo dell’evento e un abbonamento annuale alla rivista.

“A Jewish Symbol in an Unlikely Place”: On the International Catacomb Society’s Foundation

(To honor the memory of ICS founder and longtime executive director, Estelle Shohet Brettman, who died a quarter century ago in Boston on June 24, 1991, the ICS is releasing archival materials that testify to Brettman's life and legacy to the society that she endowed in perpetuity.  Many of these testimonials are of longtime ICS board members, who worked long and hard with Brettman on the ICS's earliest endeavors.  Their words, in honor of Brettman, beautifully express the sincerity and authenticity of her vision.  We feel her vividly present through them, enough to make this tribute bittersweet.  Below is the first of the series, a transcript of the introduction to the inaugural lecture in 2000 of the permanently-endowed Estelle Shohet Brettman Memorial Lecture Series at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, which was delivered by Prof. Thomas F. Mathews on 'A Clash of Gods: Christian versus Pagan Icons”" .  

Photo: Estelle Shohet Brettman at the Hotel Zagarella, near Palermo, on January 7, 1978, shortly after her excursion to the necropolis of Palazzuolo Acreide and discovery of what she identified as a menorah incised into a stone.  This incident, as noted below, inspired Brettman to try and track down other signs of Judaism in Greco-Roman sites).

Inauguration of the Estelle Shohet Brettman Lecture Series at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, December 3, 2000 (introduction):

"Thank you all for coming to help us celebrate the inauguration of the Estelle Shohet Brettman Memorial Lecture Series at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Many of you knew Estelle Brettman quite well: many others, I'd guess, not at all. May I take just a few minutes to tell you a bit about Estelle and how the International Catacomb Society, the ICS, came to be?
Estelle was exposed early to the art and archaeology of ancient civilizations. Her high school years were spent at Girls' Latin School in Boston, which was then in the building across from the little park next to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. She endured a real old-fashioned Classical education there. A large plaster cast of Athena dominated the main entranceway, and the Parthenon frieze ran around the top of the Assembly Hall. Latin was inescapable, as was Ancient History, presided over by the terrifying Miss Green. But the best part of the school's being there was having the Museum of Fine Arts nearby, with a court filled with plaster cases of gods and goddesses, the models for art students and a glimpse of the idea for impressionable adolescents.

There was another influence in Estelle's life. She wrote of her grandfather, a revered rabbi, known as the wise man in his town, and her father, a physician learned in both the Talmud and the Bible, and who devoted his spare time to writing a book called Kinships, based on the belief that "fundamental ties unite all men."
At Radcliffe College, she strayed into science and worked for a while as a fish biologist. But her interest in art took over. She became fascinated by ancient carved gem stones and their iconography. She had begun to collect and sell antique jewelry, which gave her a wonderful reason for combing Europe and North Africa in search of unusual and interesting pieces. She loved being in italy, and spent as much time as she could in exploring archaeological sites. She wrote of the event, in 1978, that, she said, gave a new direction to her life.

"Exploring a remote Hellenistic to Byzantine cemetery in Sicily (at Palazzuolo Acreide), I stumbled over, and dislodged, a large rock. On the underside of the rock, I saw a crude graffito of a menorah, the quintessential symbol of Judaism. I had explored catacombs in Rome and Israel but this was the first time I had ever seen a Jewish symbol in such an unlikely place... I wondered how many other artifacts bearing such symbols might remain undiscovered in unexpected places..."

Further studies of the art and inscriptions of the catacombs reinforced her perceptions of common sources in the ancient world, and the pervasive interchange of influences in Greco Roman society.

Estelle Brettman saw the catacombs, which, over the centuries, had suffered natural damage, periodic neglect, and vandalism, as a precious archive that should be preserved and that has much even to teach the modern world about our common humanity.
She started the International Catacomb Society to draw attention to the value and fragility of these structures, that were mostly mysterious, misunderstood relics suitable only as settings for spooky movies. Her first exhibition at the Boston Public Library was a revelation for many of the visitors. They were surprised by the beauty of the underground cemeteries, they were struck by the immediacy of the messages in certain inscriptions. Most people did not know that there were Jewish catacombs as well as Christian; how very similar they were to one another and how much the two religions shared.
On behalf of a cause she believed in, Estelle was relentless. She would approach anyone to seek help. This Jewish lady from Boston's Beacon Hill found wonderful friends in the Vatican and Pontificia Commissione di Archeologia Sacra in Rome. Invited to mount an exhibit in the Castel Sant'Angelo, she received unbelievable help from members of the Vatican staff.
It is gratifying to have this lecture series established here. Estelle loved the Museum of Fine aRts and was a devoted Educational Aide, Gallery Instructor, and lecturer here. She would have appreciated Prof. Mathews' topic of today; she was a great believer in the possibility that even conflict can be influential."

-Florence Z. Wolsky, Secretary, International Catacomb Society

Relics at the Lab: 1st International Workshop on Material Study of Relics and Kindred Artifacts (Brussels, October 27 & 28 2016)

International Workshop: Relics at the Lab: 1st International Workshop on Material Study of Relics and Kindred Artifacts (Brussels, October 27 & 28 2016)

Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA)
Parc du Cinquantenaire 1, B-1000 Bruxelles/Brussels (Belgium)

CFP Deadline: July 1, 2016 to

Over the past decade the scientific interest in relics and kindred artefacts has grown enormously. Without any doubt relics as well as relic shrines and associated objects have played a prominent role in European history since the introduction of Christianity. While in the past primary, secondary as well as tertiary relics were merely studied in relation to their religious and (art) historical background, recently the rise of a more scientific and archaeological approach is noticed. Nowadays researchers become more interested in the origin and nature of these sacred objects and ask different questions:
What information can relics give us about the people buried in the shrines? Who were these people? What do we know about the way they lived? When did they live? What about diseases and other disabilities?
What information can be retrieved from the objects kept with the relics and made of textile, wood, stone or metal. What was their purpose? Are they contemporaneous to the relic or are they older or younger additions? Why would they have been added? How should we preserve them?
Scientists of many different disciplines are involved in the study of relics and kindred artefacts, but till now there was no real forum for these people to exchange ideas and discuss methods. Therefore the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA, Brussels) is organising a two-day workshop on the scientific study of relics.
During this meeting we want to give analytical scientists, textile specialists, conservators, anthropologists, historical researchers, people involved in 3D-reconstruction as well as radiocarbon dating specialists a forum to exchange ideas about relics.

We fully realize that, since no such meeting has ever taken place, the organisation of this symposium is a leap in the dark. We are however convinced of its necessity and cordially invite you to join us at the KIK-IRPA on 27-28 October 2016.

Location link

The registration fee is €75. This includes two lunches, coffee, tea and refreshments during the breaks and a book with the summaries of all the oral presentations and posters.

Proposals for oral and poster presentations will be accepted until 1 July 2016. The program sessions will be chosen based on the submitted summaries.
The conference will be held in English, each lecture will be a maximum of 20 minutes.
Abstracts of max. 400 words should be sent to: For the submission of abstracts (max. 2 pages), please use the following template.
A book with all accepted abstracts (posters as well as lectures) will be given to the participants.

Registration link

Full-length paper

Prof. dr. L.V. Rutgers (University of Utrecht, Utrecht Center of Ancient Studies) offered us to publish the papers of our workshop at no cost in ‘Interdisciplinary Studies in Ancient Culture and Religion’, a series he’s publishing in collaboration with ‘Peeters Publishers’. Peeters is an international scholarly publishing house, based in Leuven, Belgium. Established in 1857, the company has published some 4000 titles since its foundation. Each year, around 150 new titles and 60 journals are published, both in print and online. Peeters was set up to serve the academic community by printing and publishing books and journals in English, French, and German. As a publisher, the company's main strengths are in the fields of Theology, Patristics, Philosophy, Ethics, Classical Studies, Archaeology, History of Art, Medieval Studies, Oriental Studies, Linguistics and Literature. Peeters is also well known in the academic publishing world as a printing house of the highest quality, offering print services in a very wide range of languages, scripts, and fonts. Peeters publishes original research and reference material. All publications are supervised by an editorial board and are fully and independently peer-reviewed.
This offer, which we are of course very willing to accept, has a large impact on our workshop.
The full-length papers should be written according to Stylesheet and SBLHS formats.
The deadline for submission of the full- length papers is 1 December 2016. Posters as well as oral presentation can be published.

Scientific committee

Mathieu Boudin, Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage
Anique de Kruijf, Museum Catharijneconvent Utrecht
Anton Ervynck, Flanders Heritage Agency
Georges Kazan, University of Oxford
Caroline Polet, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Jeroen Reyniers, Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage
Fanny Van Cleven, Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage
Mark Van Strydonck, Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage

Organising committee

Jeroen Reyniers, Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage, Documentation department
Mark Van Strydonck, Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage, Radiocarbon dating laboratory
Fanny Van Cleven, Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage, Textile Conservation
Mathieu Boudin, Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage, Radiocarbon dating laboratory

7th Annual Summer Study Program in Patristic Studies, July 17-22, 2016 (Holy Cross Seminary in Brookline, MA)

The annual Summer Patristic Studies Program will begin in about a month (July 17-22) on the campus of Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA.  This week-long program is a unique opportunity to study and discuss classic texts of the early Church through small group-study and brief lectures from leading patristic scholars. We are offering twelve courses this year, which are listed below for your information.

To register for the program, or to find out more information, please go to the program’s webpage (link).

Morning Classes:
1) The Gospel of Matthew in the Patristic Tradition , Dr. Brian Matz
2) Taming the Thoughts: Ascesis in the Monastic Writings , Dr. Despina D. Prassas
3) The Desert Fathers: Stories and Sayings for Contemporary Life , Dr. Sean Moberg
4) The Problem of Evil in the Writings of the Fathers , Dr. David Goodin
5) The Divine Liturgy Celebrated and Interpreted in the Patristic Period , Teva Regule
6) Repentance, Reconciliation, and Confession in the Fathers , Dr. George Tsakiridis

Afternoon Classes:
7) Ancient Christian Spiritual Practices: A Guided Tour , Rev. Dr. Paul Kolbet
8) Patristic Texts on the Church and Salvation , Dr. Anthony P. Coleman
9) 20th Century Neo Patristic Theologies: Florovsky and His Followers , Dr. Paul Gavrilyuk
10) Reading Scripture with the Fathers: Studies in Patristic Theology of Interpretation , Dr. Bruce Beck
11) The Theology and Hermeneutics of Irenaeus of Lyons , Dr. David Jorgensen
12) Patristics (Meta)Ethics , Dr. Daniel Robinson

Bruce Beck, ThD (
Director, Pappas Patristic Institute,
and Assistant Professor of New Testament, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology