Welcome to the website of the North American Patristics Society! NAPS promotes the study of late antiquity and early Christianity primarily through our journal and annual meeting. For further information about our activities and membership in the society, follow the links in the column to the left.
The 2017 annual meeting will take place in Chicago from May 25 to 27, 2017. We hope that you will join us. Our Vice President, D. Jeffrey Bingham, will release a Call for Papers for this conference in September.
Meanwhile, we wish everyone a wonderful Summer and best regards for your research endeavors.
Kate Cooper, 2016-2017 President of NAPS
Contact and Mailing address for the Society:
Dr. Rick Brumback
Secretary and Treasurer, NAPS
8900 Manchaca Road
Austin, TX 78748
Membership & Subscriptions
Subscription to the Journal of Early Christian Studies is included with your membership. *Student Discount Available
Interested in having your work published in an upcoming volume? Read our Submission Guidelines.
Call for Nominations
Now accepting nominations for two Board Members-at-large, one Student Board Member, and one Vice President/President Elect.
The Patristics section of the Christian Scholars’ Conference (June 7-9, 2017) issues an open call for papers pertaining to the field of Patristics. We particularly encourage papers that address topics related to the interpretation of Scripture but other topics are also very welcome. This open session will coincide with the fourth annual Everett Ferguson Lecture in Early Christian Studies, to be given by Margaret M. Mitchell.Faculty members may submit proposals of 300-400 words describing the aim and scope of their papers. PhD students are invited to submit complete papers of approximately 10 pages, double-spaced. All proposals will be considered by a peer-review committee, which will organize two or more sessions, depending on the number and quality of proposals received.Please send proposals to Jeff Childers (email@example.com) no later than January 23, 2017. Paper proposals should include the title of the paper and a brief bio of the author, which will appear in the CSC program, if the paper is accepted. We will notify you whether your paper is accepted by February 17, 2017.
The Stephen and Catherine Pappas Patristic Institute of the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology is pleased to announce its 13th annual Archbishop Iakovos Graduate Student Conference in Patristic Studies on March 2-4, 2017. The purpose of the conference is to bring graduate students together from the fields of Patristic Studies, Historical Theology, and the History of Christianity in Late Antiquity in a collaborative and theological setting to hear and discuss peer research. The conference will begin onThursday, March 2, at 5:00 p.m., and ends with dinner on Saturday, March 4.
- Ten PhD Fellowships and one Postdoc, University of RegensburgThe DFG-Graduiertenkolleg “Metropolität in der Vormoderne” invites applications for ten PhD fellowships or positions in Early Christianity, Patristics, Church History, Liturgical Studies and other fields. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2017. The fellowships are to begin 1 April 2017. For more information, go to: www.metropolitaet.ur.de
The Third International Congress on Early Christian Mystagogy and the Body, organized by the Netherlands Centre for Patristic Research, will be held in Utrecht, 30 August-1 September 2017.
Mystagogy is a more or less formal process of initiation by ritual, sacramental, and didactic means into a continuously and intimately felt presence of a mystery that is regarded as transforming one’s personal life. In the early Christian period, two older traditions about human physicality influenced the Church’s vision and development of the process of initiation into the Christian faith.