First ALL LATIN roundtable discussion at Kalamazoo mediaeval studies congress!

Msgr. Daniel Gallagher of the Vatican's Office of Latin Letters sends us the following announcement about the first all Latin roundtable discussion at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo:


Quando: Idibus Maiis, ab hora X matutina ad horam XI et semihoram

Ubi: Universitas Michiganensis Occidentalis, aula "Schneider" 1274

Argumentum: De lingua Latina vivente in studiis mediaevalibus huius temporis

Nuntium de colloquio invenitur in pagina LXIV Libelli Congressus, ad quod accessum habetis in hoc situ interretial.

Sciatis etiam convivium, nullius nisi iucunditatis et humanitatis causa, habebitur eodem die, hora quinta et quadrante vesperi, Septentrionali Americano Latinitatis Vivae Instituto (SALVI) necnon Instituto "Paideia" praebendum, in aula "Fetzer" 2020.

I'm sure that this unique and excellent event will draw a crowd, so you might want to get there early to get a good seat.

Call for papers on causation and change in medieval philosophy

In May the Center for Medieval Philosophy at Georgetown University will be sponsoring a session at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo with the title “From Physics to Metaphysics: Causation and Change in Medieval Philosophy.” The session organizer, Robert Matava (Christendom College), sends us the following information on the session:

This session will focus on the important but generally under-investigated connections between medieval understandings of causality (especially the causation of being as such) and natural science (especially the phenomenon of change). Is there real causation in nature, and if so, can we know it? What exactly is motion, and how is it distinct from creation? What does it mean for the creator to bring about change within the contingent order?  How can personal agency be understood within the broader context of causation in nature? Medieval philosophers had interesting things to say about such questions. The specific connections between their consideration of metaphysics and change in the physical order deserve further attention, not least because such questions as the above retain their currency in contemporary philosophy, but also because of the potential such an investigation has for unlocking our understanding of the development of empirical science during the early-modern period. 

Dr. Matava is accepting proposals for papers on the above topics. The deadline for proposals is Tuesday, September 1. Dr. Matava can be contacted by email at:

The International Congress on Medieval Studies will convene May 12-15, 2016.

Call for Papers: International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 10-13, 2012)

The call for papers is out for the 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI. This year’s conference will be held May 10-13, 2012. Planned sessions on Aquinas are: 

  • Philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Thomas Aquinas
  • Faith and Certainty: Augustine and Aquinas on the Adequacy of Faith in Understanding God in This Life 

Other notable sessions include: 

  • New Trends in Medieval Franciscan Thought: Bonaventure’s Epistemology and Aesthetics
  • Natural Law and Political Thought
  • Natural Law and Moral Philosophy
  • Boethius and the Liberal Arts
  • The Philosophy and Theology of Nicholas of Cusa
  • Contingency and Necessity in Medieval Philosophy
  • Veniat Pax: Gerson and His Contemporaries on War and Peace 

The submission deadline for paper proposals is September 15th. And, as always, a large assortment of booksellers and publishers will be at the conference.

More on the 46th International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo, MI May 12-15, 2011)

I previously noted the high number of presentations on Aquinas for this year’s Congress. I should have mentioned also the wide range of Thomistic topics. Here are the papers directly on Aquinas or the history of Thomism:

Thursday, May 12

  • Romans and the Summa: Exploring the Scriptural Foundations of Aquinas’s Question on Merit (I–II.114.1–3) (Charles Raith, Honors College, Baylor Univ.)
  • The Changing Identification of a Methodological Prius in Thomas Aquinas’s Summa theologiae (Richard Nicholas)
  • Analogical Science in Aquinas’s Five Ways (Alexander W. Hall, Clayton State Univ.)
  • Job in the Sentences Commentaries of Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas (Franklin T. Harkins, Fordham Univ.)
  • Natural Law and Human Nature from Augustine and Aquinas to Francisco de Vitoria and Villegaignon: Adams Rib, Cannibalism, and Otherness (Toy-Fung Tung, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY)
  • Moral Subjectivity as the Basis of Self-Cognition in Thomas Aquinas’s Thought (Magdalena Plotka, Univ. Kardynała Stefana Wyszyńskiego w Warszawie)
  • Aquinas on the Role of Bishops in the Mendicant Controversy (Hui Hui, Peking Univ.)
  • Aquinas on Natural Law and Virtue Ethics (Melissa Moschella, Princeton Univ.)
  • The Distention of “Mens” and the Unity of Consciousness in Augustine and Aquinas (Therese Scarpelli Cory, Seattle Univ.)
  • Augustine, Thomas, and the Memory of Things Sensed (Jamie Spiering, Benedictine College)
  • Thomistic Self-Knowledge and Avicennian Medicine (Kevin White, Catholic Univ. of America)

Friday, May 13

  • The Doctrine of Transcendentals and Aquinas’s De veritate: A Comparative Analysis of Lawrence Dewan and Jan Aertsen (Nathan R. Strunk, Boston Univ.)
  • On Aquinas’s Incorporation of Boethius’s Account of Being and Goodness (Tyler D. Huismann, Univ. of Michigan–Ann Arbor)
  • Revisiting Owens’s Interpretations of Individuation in Aquinas (Gaston LeNotre, Catholic Univ. of America)
  • Exoteric Sexism: Aristotle and Aquinas on Generation and Delayed Hominization (Samuel Condic, Univ. of St. Thomas, Houston)
  • Love for Animals: Singer and Aquinas (Steve Jensen, Center for Thomistic Studies)
  • Modernity, Tradition, and Society: Thomism and the Early Twentieth Century in the United States (Markus Faltermeier, Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. München)
  • Thomas Aquinas, Duns Scotus, and Gregory of Palamas on the Simplicity of God (James Carey, St. John’s College)
  • Thomas Aquinas on the Will’s Self-Motion (Thomas M. Osborne, Jr., Center for Thomistic Studies)
  • Divine Causality and Human Freedom in Actions Caused by Grace (John Rziha, Benedictine College)

Saturday, May 14

  • Aquinas and Rhetoric (Jennifer Constantine-Jackson, Univ. of Toronto)
  • Saint Thomas and the Rabbis (Luis Cortest, Univ. of Oklahoma)
  • Friar Thomas, the Apostle, and the Philosopher (Eric M. Johnston, Seton Hall Univ.)
  • Albertus Magnus, Thomas Aquinas, and Rational Astrology (Scott Hendrix, Carroll Univ.)
  • Divine Predilection and the Hierarchy of Created Natures (Francis Murphy, Univ. of Oxford)
  • Saint Thomas Aquinas’s Proofs from Motion in Summa contra gentiles 1.13: Their Nature and the Function of the Nominal Definition (Michael G. Sirilla, Franciscan Univ. of Steubenville)
  • Analogy and Relation (Steven A. Long, Ave Maria Univ.)
  • Of Schoolrooms and Manuscripts: Seeing Aquinas’s Roman Commentary in Its Dominican Context (M. Michele Mulchahey, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies)
  • Thomas’s Students and Precursors to His Lectura romana (Robert Barry, Providence College)
  • The Holy Spirit as Divine Impulse: Aquinas’s Account of the Eternal Procession of Love in the Lectura romana (Paul Shields, Ave Maria Univ.)

Sunday, May 15

  • Truth, Existence, and Aquinas’ Theory of Adequation (R. J. Matava, Georgetown Univ.)
  • Thomas Aquinas and Henry of Ghent on a Substance as the Immediate Principle of Its Operations (Simona Vucu, Univ. of Toronto)
  • Thomas Aquinas, Godfrey of Fontaines, and Henry of Ghent on the Soul’s Relationship to Its Powers (Adam Wood, Fordham Univ.)

A full schedule of papers is here.


International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo, MI May 12-15, 2011)

When I heard the 2011 International Congress on Medieval Studies was shrinking to offer fewer sessions, I wondered how this change would affect the number of presentations on medieval philosophy and theology. To my surprise, this year’s offerings include a stunning number of talks on Aquinas: 33 on my count. Other presentations can be found on a wide range of medieval thinkers, including Scotus, Durandus, Henry of Ghent, Godfrey of Fontaines, Gerson, Boethius, Cusanus, Anselm, Bonaventure, Giles of Rome, Grosseteste, and Augustine. And, as I mentioned previously, the always-informative annual session “How to Get Published: Advice from Editors and Insiders” should not be missed.

Call for papers on Aquinas at Kalamazoo

As they do every year, John Boyle and Ed Houser issue a call for papers for their sessions on Thomas Aquinas at Kalamazoo (see here for Michael Dougherty’s recent post on Kalamazoo, generally). Ed has provided all the details for your submission, chief among which are:

  • Papers are 20 minutes in length.
  • Deadline for 300 word abstract for presentation at Kalamazoo: 13 Sep 2010

He’s also provided a PDF with more information (here).

Call for Papers: International Congress on Medieval Studies

The general call for papers is out for the annual International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI. This year’s conference will be held May 12-15, 2011. Planned sessions on Aquinas include:

  • Know Thyself: Memory and Self-Knowledge in Augustine and Aquinas
  • The Theological Methodologies of Thomas Aquinas and Other Scholastic Theologians
  • Philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Thomas Aquinas

Also of note are:

  • The Philosophy and Theology of Nicolas of Cusa
  • Robert Grosseteste and Natural Philosophy
  • Robert Grosseteste and the Cura Pastoralis
  • Nature and Word in Medieval Philosophy
  • Natural Law and Moral Philosophy
  • Natural Law and Political Philosophy

Another installment of the annual session How to Get Published: Advice from Editors and Insiders sponsored by La corónica is also planned. Past sessions have been wonderful and the advice offered is quite good.