International conference on St. Gregory Palama


INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ST GREGORY PALAMAS

THE THEOLOGICAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF HIS WORK

THESSALONIKI 7-15 MARCH 2012

WEDNESDAY 7 MARCH

10.30-11.00

Registrations- Coffee/Tea

11.00 Official Opening of the Conference

Opening Remarks: His Eminence Metropolitan Anthimos of Thessaloniki, President of the Academy, Prof. Christoforos Kontakis, Principal of the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, Prof. David Frost, Director of the Patriarchal Institute for Patristic Studies at the Holy Monastery of Vlatadon, Prof. G. Martzelos, Organising Committee representatives (Prof. Fr Gregory Stamkopoulos, Dr C. Athanasopoulos), representative from the Friends of Mt Athos (FoMA), other representatives.

Chair: President of the Academy, Prof. Christoforos Kontakis 11.30-12.30

Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia (Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain, Ecumenical Patriarchate): The Human Person according to St Gregory Palamas. 12.30-13.10

Professor Georgios Mantzarides (Thessaloniki): St Gregory Palamas and Elder Sophrony of Essex.

13.15-14.15 Γεύμα- Lunch

Chair: Director of the Patriarchal Institute for Patristic Studies at the Holy Monastery of Vlatadon, Prof. G. Martzelos

14.30-15.20

Professor Richard Swinburne (Oxford): Gregory Palamas and our knowledge of God.

15.20-16.10

Professor Christos Terezis (Patras) – Professor Elias Tempelis (Peireus): Aspects of the Revelation of the Divine in St Gregory Palamas’ Treatise De Operationibus Divinis

16.10-17.00

Dr. Constantinos Athanasopoulos (IOCS): Being Good, Knowing Good, Doing Good: St Gregory Palamas and False Dilemmas in Contemporary Metaphysics, Epistemology and Ethics.

17.00-17.15 Coffee/Tea

Chair: Principal of the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, Prof. David Frost

17.15-18.05

Professor Georgios Martzelos (Thessaloniki): Holy Spirit as „Eros Aporritos“ between Father and Son in St Gregory Palamas.

18.05-18.55

Professor Fr Nikolaos Loudovikos ((University Ecclesiastical Academy of Thessaloniki): Union of God and Concept of History in Gregory Palamas and Thomas Aquinas

18.55-19.45

Professor Anna Koltsiou-Nikita (Thessaloniki): Gregorius Palamas’ theology, as viewed by the scholar Demetrius Cydones

19.45-20.15

Professor Dimitrios Tselengides (Thessaloniki): The Theological Ramifications of Filιoque in the work of St Gregory Palamas

20.15-21.00 Dinner

 

THURSDAY 8 MARCH

8.00-9.00 Breakfast

Chair: Prof. Fr Gregory Stamkopoulos

9.10-9.50

Dr Andreas Andreopoulos (Winchester, UK): The effect of hesychasm on the icon of the Transfiguration

9.50-10.20

Hagiographos Elias Damianakis Archon Maestor MXE (USA): The immediate indelible Palamite influence on Liturgical Artistic Traditions of Orthodoxy Iconography

10.20-10.40

Discussion

10.40-11.10

Dr Elena Dulgheru (Romania): Taboric Light in Russian Visual Culture: From the Frescoes of Dionisy to the Photographies of Yuri Holdin

Chair: Principal of the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, Prof. David Frost

11.10-11.50

Dr. Clemena Antonova (Vienna, Austria): Hesychast Influences on Russian Religious Philosophy

11.50-12.20

Dr Ezekiel Olagoke (USA): Gregory Palamas and African Religious Resurgence: A Case for Essential Dialog.

12.20-12.50

Dr Christine-Mangala Frost (IOCS): Gregory Palamas’s Prophetic Polemics: a Comparative Study of Hesychastic Prayer and the methods and goals of Contemplative Yoga.

12.50-13.10 Συζήτηση- Discussion

13.15-14.00 Γεύμα- Lunch

Chair: Dr C. Athanasopoulos

14.00-14.40

Professor Stephen Clark (Liverpool, UK): Silence in the Land of Logos

14.40-15.15

Professor Oleg Dushin (St Petersburgh, Russia): St. Gregory Palamas and the Moscow School of Christian Neo-Platonism (A.F. Losev, S.S. Averincev, V.V. Bibihin, S.S. Horujy).

15.15-15.50

Dr. Christophe Erismann (Lausanne, Switzerland): Gregory Palamas and Aristotelian ontology: substance and relation.

15.50-16.20

Dr. Mikonja Knezevic (Montenegro): „Εκ“ and „Δια“ in the Apodeictic Treatises on the Procession of the Holy Spirit of St Gregory Palamas.

16.20-16.50

Patricia Calvario (Porto, Portugal): The problem of deification and imparticipability of God’s essence in Gregory Palamas

16.50-17.15

Discussion

17.15-17.30 Coffee/Tea

Chair: Dr C. Athanasopoulos

17.30-18.10

Professor Fadi A. Giorgi (Deacon Porphyrios) (Balamand, Lebanon): En topo Foteino: The Dialectic of Death and Transfiguration in Saint Gregory Palamas.

18.10-18.40

Professor Dan Chitoiu (Iasi, Romania): St. Gregory Palamas’ Critique of Nominalism

18.40-19.10

Filip Ivanovic (Trondheim, Norway): Man’s Position in Cosmos According to Dionysius the Areopagite and Gregory Palamas.

19.10-19.40

Rev. Michael Pacella III, CEC (USA): The similarities in the works of Aquinas and Palamas—rooted in the theology and thought of Saint John Damascene.

19.40-20.00

Discussion

20.00-21.00

Dinner and Folklore Music and Dance (offer from the Univ. Ecclesiastical Academy and and its President Prof. Kontakis)

 

FRIDAY 9 MARCH

8.00-8.45 Breakfast

8.45 Departure for Metropolis of Lagkada

9.40 Welcome by His Eminence Metropolitan Ioannis of Lagkada, Litis and Rentinis -Academy of Sts Cyril and Methodios

Chair: His Eminence Metropolitan Ioannis of Lagkada, Litis and Rentinis

9.50-10.30

Dr Stavros Giagkazoglou (Hellenic Open University): Eucharist and Ascesis: Eucharistic and Therapeutic Ecclesiology in the Theology of St Gregory Palamas.

10.30-11.10

Professor Symeon Paschalides (Thessaloniki): On the afterlife of St Gregory Palamas’ memory and theology

11.10-12.00:

Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos (Church of Greece): St Gregory Palamas as the one who expresses the Life of the Fathers of Holy Mount Athos.

12.00-12.30

Hieromonk Melchisedec (Holy Monastery of St John the Baptist, Essex): The Indisputable Wisdom of the Holy Spirit: St Gregory Palamas and St Silouan the Athonite.

12.30-13.00

Discussion

13.00-14.00 Lunch at Metropolis Lagkada (Lunch is offered by His Eminence Metropolitan Ioannis of Lagkada, Litis and Rentinis)

Chair: His Eminence Metropolitan Ioannis of Lagkada, Litis and Rentinis

14.15-14.55

Fr Theophanes (Kafsokalyvia, Holy Mt Athos): Remarks on the Evolution of the Hesychastic Method

14.55-15.35:

Professor Konstantinos Kotsiopoulos (Thessaloniki): St Gregory Palamas and the Social Problems of his time.

15.35-16.05:

Dr. Stoyan Tanev (Odense, Denmark and Sofia, Bulgaria): Orthodox theology and quantum mechanics: The meaning of words and language in St Gregory Palamas and Niels Bohr.

16.05-16.35:

Professor Fr Gregorios Stamkopoulos (University Ecclesiastical Academy of Thessaloniki ): Science in St Gregory Palamas and the World View of his time.

16.35-17.05:

Professor Manuel Summares (Braga, Portugal): The Theotokos as Mystical Theologian: Ontological Issues arising from Palamas’ Sermons on the Mother of God.

17.05-17.35

Revd Dr Liviu Barbu (IOCS): Hesychasm and the prayer of heart: The legacy of St Gregory Palamas for Spiritual Fatherhood in Romanian Orthodoxy

17.35-18.00

Discussion followed by Coffee/Tea 18.00 Salutations to the Theotokos

Dinner (Dinner is offered by His Eminence Metropolitan Ioannis of Lagkada, Litis and Rentinis)

 

SATURDAY 10 MARCH

8.00-9.00 Breakfast

9.15-20.00 Trip to Veroia

Visit to Holy Metropolis of Veroia

Welcome by His Eminence Metropolitan Panteleimon of Veroia, Naousa and Campania Conference Session

Prof. Fr Georgios Chrysostomou (University Ecclesiastical Academy of Thessaloniki and Metropolis Veroias): The veneration of St Gregory Palamas in Veroia (with specific reference to the canonization of Palamas’ family -Veroia 2009).

Professor Konstantinos Niarchos (Athens): Philosophy in Ancient Greece and in Byzantium with specific reference to St Gregory Palamas.

Professor Georgios D. Panagopoulos (Ioannina, Greece): Patristic Evidences Concerning the Procession of The Holy Spirit in Gregory’s Palamas Work Dr Norman Russell (UK): The Christological context of Palamas’s approach to participation in God

Lunch (Lunch offered by His Eminence Metropolitan Panteleimon of Veroia)

Visit to Apostle Paul’s Stand Monument (created in 54 to celebrate Paul’s speeches in Veroia around 50-2), visit to Skete Veroias and the Holy Monastery of St John the Baptist-Cave of St Gregory Palamas Vespers and Paraklisis to St Gregorios Palamas.

Dinner at the Holy Monastery (offer of Metropolis Veroias and the Holy Monastery)

 

SUNDAY 11 MARCH

8.00 Conference bus to leave from Academy for the Celebration of Hierarchical Divine Liturgy in St Gregory Palamas Cathedral in Thessaloniki

Lunch in Metropolis of Thessaloniki after the Church Service.

15.00 Return to the Academy and rest.

17.30 Transportation to the Parish of St Athanasios in Evosmos, with Conference bus. 18.00 Vespers at the Church of Evangelismou (Annunciation) at the Square of Dimarcheio.

(City Hall Square).

19.00 Conference Session at the Catacomb of the Church of Evangelismos (Annunciation) Welcome by Metropolitan Varnavas of Neapoleos and Stavroupoleos

Dr. Spyridon P. Panagopoulos (Patras, Greece): The Relationship of Theology of the Uncreated Light on St Gregory Palamas and the Byzantine Iconography of 14th-15th Century

Fr. Dimitri Harper (Winchester, UK and Thessaloniki): Becoming Homotheos: St. Gregory Palamas’ Eschatology of Body

Dr Dimitri Atanassov (Sofia, Bulgaria): Nudity of the body in the Late Medieval Orthodox tradition: one example.

21.00

Dinner at the Church of Evangelismos (Dinner is offered by the Metropolis of Neapoleos and Stavroypoleos, the parish of St Athanasios and Fr Georgios Milkas)

 

MONDAY 12 MARCH

8.00-9.00 Breakfast

9.15 Departure for Patriarchal Institute for Patristic Studies

10.00-10.30

Welcome by the the Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Vlatadon, His Eminence Metropolitan Panteleimon of Tyroloes and Serentiou, Vice-President of the Patriarchal Institute of Patristic Studies and the Director of the Institute Prof. G. Martzelos.

Information about the scientific and publishing work of the Patriarchal Institute of Patristic Studies at the Holy Monastery of Vlatadon.

10.30-11.20

Dr. Pantelis Kalaitzidis (Volos Ecclesiastical Academy): „Fr John Meyendorff and Fr John Romanides: Two Opposite Interpretations of Palamism and their Impact on Contemporary Orthodox Theology.“ 11.20-12.00

Fr. Daniel P. Payne, Ph.D. (USA): The „Relational Ontology“ of Christos Yannaras: The Hesychast Influence on the Understanding of the Person in the Thought of Christos Yannaras

12.00-12.15 Discussion

Closing Remarks Professor Christoforos Kontakis Professor Georgios Martzelos

Professor Fr Nikolaos Loudovikos Prof. Fr Gregory Stamkopoulos Prof. David Frost Dr. C. Athanasopoulos

Return to the Academy and light lunch (offer by the Academy)

13.30 Departure to Holy Mt Athos- Holy Monastery of Vatopaidi with Conference Bus Visit to the Byzantine Museum by the women participants

 

TUESDAY 13 MARCH

Holy Mt Athos (for men)

Visit to Monastery of Ormylias and Souroti with a Conference Bus. (Departure from Academy with Conference Mini-Bus for 20 people:

09.15- Return time: late evening).

 

ΤΕΤΑΡΤΗ 14 ΜΑΡΤΙΟΥ- WEDNESDAY

Holy Mt Athos (for men)

Visit to Meteora – This will depend upon willingness to participate- cost for women participants: 35 Euros- Announcements will be made at the Conference. If the women decide that there is no visit to Meteora they have a free day to visit Thessaloniki.

 

ΠΕΜΠΤΗ 15 ΜΑΡΤΙΟΥ- THURSDAY

07.00-12.00

Mt Athos Pilgrims: Return to Thessaloniki with the Conference Bus (07.00 Departure from Monastery of Vatopaidi)

Departure from Thessaloniki -Academy- for the Airport (Conference participants have to arrange for this by themselves).

There may be changes in the Programme that will be announced at the Conference. Conference Webpage (it will remain active after the end of the Conference) http://distancelearning2.iocs.cam.ac.uk/ICStGP-2/

Detailed Programme – Conference St. Gregory Palamas

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