Canadian Society of Patristic Studies Invitation to NAPS Members

The Canadian Society of Patristic Studies (CSPS) would like to invite any members of NAPS who are not planning to attend the XVII. International Conference on Patristic Studies in Oxford, August 2015, to consider participating in the CSPS’s annual meeting this coming May 31-June 2, 2015, at the University of Ottawa in the Nation’s Capital, Ottawa, Ontario. CSPS meets every year in conjunction with the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences in various locations around Canada.
We welcome papers by senior and junior scholars as well as graduate students on any topic in patristic studies. Our society is small and cordial, and we traditionally gather together for a dinner at a local restaurant. The Call For Papers is listed below:

The Canadian Society of Patristic Studies will hold its annual meeting at the University of Ottawa, May 31-June 2, 2015, under the auspices of Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Papers are presented in English or French; time for presentation and discussion is 30 minutes. Papers on any theme relevant to patristic studies are invited. The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences encourages papers exploring the topic of this year’s Congress, “Capital Ideas,” but we welcome submissions on any topic relevant to our field. Proposed titles, an abstract of approximately 100 words, and an indication of audio-visual requirements and accessibility requirements should be submitted by 31 January 2015 by email to the programme coordinator, Theodore de Bruyn ( Please write “CSPS Proposal” in the subject line of your email.

Also, CSPS is participating again this year in a Joint Session with the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies on the Christian Apocrypha, organized by Tony Burke and Tim Pettipiece.

The theme for the session this year is Re-write, Re-use and Recycle: Transformations in the Writing of Christian Apocrypha. We are looking for papers that examine the transformation of Christian and non-Christian texts and traditions into apocryphal Christian texts – such as the Christianization of Jewish Pseudepigrapha, the Gnosticization of Jewish and Greco-Roman texts into gnostic Christian texts, elaborations and harmonizations of canonical Christian texts, and other possibilities. We welcome also papers that do not fit this theme. The session will be mounted if there are sufficient proposals (at least five). For further information on the session, contact Tim Pettipiece ( or Tony Burke (

Looking forward to seeing many of you in Ottawa, even if you also go to Oxford in August!
Robert Kitchen, President
Canadian Society of Patristic Studies
Knox-Metropolitan United Church
2340 Victoria Avenue
Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 0S6


November 17th, 2014 12:38 pm