Announcement & Call for Papers: The 14th Annual Archbishop Iakovos Graduate Students Conference in Patristic Studies, March 1-3, 2018

The Stephen and Catherine Pappas Patristic Institute of the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology is pleased to announce its 14th annual Archbishop Iakovos Graduate Student Conference in Patristic Studies on March 1-3, 2018. 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 on Thursday, March 1, at 5:00 p.m., and will end with dinner on Saturday, March 3.

We now call for paper proposals.  We invite all doctoral, post-doctoral, and masters students with research interests in Patristic Studies, Historical Exegesis or Theology, or the History of Christianity in Late Antiquity, to submit a paper abstract of approximately 250 words. Topics relating to eastern Christianity, including Syriac-speaking Christianity, are particularly encouraged. Participants who do not present a paper are also welcome.

Each presenter will receive 20 minutes to present her or his paper, followed by a respondent’s prepared comments and group discussion.  Please send an abstract of your paper using the online registration formno later than Monday, January 29, 2018.  The deadline for completed papers for distribution to your respondent is Friday, February 23, allowing your respondent to have about a week to prepare a response for your paper.

Please pre-register at your earliest convenience by filling out the online registration form. The registration fee will be $35, and will be collected at registration upon arrival, which includes meals during the conference in our cafeteria.  For more information, see the conference website.

For those who live outside the Boston area that might need financial assistance to attend the conference, we are able to provide financial aid of 40% of conference-related expenses to support your participation.  To apply for aid, please indicate your need for aid on your registration form no later than January 29th.

Conference lodging will be at the Sheraton in Needham, MA.  If you will need lodging, please register no later than January 29th, so that we can reserve a room for you.  Let us know if you would prefer to share a room to reduce costs. The discounted conference rate per night is $115 plus taxes, or $58 plus tax per person for those who wish to share a room. Let us know if you there is someone with whom you would like to share a room.

Lastly, all participants are encouraged to make every effort to attend the entire conference, since the conference’s success lies largely in the collegial feedback and support of each paper presenter and the discussion engendered by the paper respondent.

I hope you will be able to join us for this year’s Graduate Student Conference in Patristic Studies at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.


Bruce Beck, ThD.
Assistant Professor of New Testament, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
Director, Pappas Patristic Institute
Director, Religious Studies, Hellenic College

Founded in 2003 by a generous grant from the late Stephen Pappas and his wife Catherine, the goal of the Pappas Patristic Institute is the advancement and promotion of primarily Greek and other eastern patristic studies in the service of the academy and of the Church.

Secretary Treasurer

January 10th, 2018 3:46 pm