Friday, 19 July 2013

Book launch of Studia Patristica LIII-LXX: papers of the 2011 Oxford conference

The Directors of the 16th International Conference on Patristic Studies (Oxford, 2011) are delighted that the papers there presented are now published in Studia Patristica volumes LIII – LXX. Thanks to the hard work and efficiency of Peeters Publishers, and of all the co-editors, contributors and peer reviewers, this major undertaking has been completed in under two years from the time of the conference.

Peeters offered the possibility of publishing workshop papers in separate fascicles, and the first 9 volumes, co-edited with the workshop convenors, take up this offer. In the other volumes, papers are grouped by topic as in previous years. The Table of Contents covers all the volumes.

There will be a celebratory book launch, Studia Patristica and Patristic Studies, at Christ Church, Oxford, on Saturday October 19th 2013, 4-7 p.m. Speakers (tbc) will consider how SP reflects change and continuity in patristic studies.      

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Thirteenth International Colloquium on Gregory of Nyssa

The call for papers for the Thirteenth  International Colloquium on Gregory
of Nyssa is now open. The congress will be held in Rome at the Pontifical
University of the Holy Cross from 17 to 20 September 2014. It will be
focused on the In Canticum canticorum. All practical information can be
found through the conference website:
Proposals are due by the end of May 2014. Contact persons: Giulio Maspero
( and Miguel Brugarolas (

Remembering Gerald Bonner who died on 22 May 2013

The Directors of the Oxford Conference, meeting on 2 July 2013, remembered with gratitude and affection Gerald Bonner, Reader Emeritus at Durham University (UK) and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Early Christian Studies at the Catholic University of America. He contributed to patristic studies both by his own publications, which included the classic St Augustine of Hippo: life and controversies (1963, rev.ed. 1986), and through his prompt and kindly encouragement of fellow-scholars. He attended the Conference for many years, and it was a sadness that his health did not allow him to be there in 2011. There will be many appreciations of his work: meanwhile, his colleagues at Durham have posted a brief account of his life by his family 

Friday, 5 July 2013

The Proceedings of the XVI. International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford 2011 have appeared

Authors and readers will be pleased to read that I was informed today by the Publisher Peeters, Leuven, that volumes 53 to 70 of Studia Patristica have appeared publishing the proceedings of the XVI. International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford 2011.

First of all I have to thank all contributors who so diligently worked on their papers, did all the revisions, we exchanged over 2,000 emails, send back and forth various versions, but, as it seems, finally we made it.
Thanks also to the fellow directors and all those who have peer reviewed the hundreds of abstracts, the papers, have organized and taken part in the conference, and
thanks also to the publisher, most particularly Mr. Peeters himself with his personal interest and support, and also Dr Bert Verrept who has spend hours on hours to make this enterprise happening. Without their constant support, this publishing venture could not have been achieved. I also thank my family who have supported me in getting the papers published.

So, let us hope that we enjoy reading the results and benefit from our joint endeavour,

yours Markus