The Center for Thomistic Studies and the Thomas Aquinas Society, under the leadership of Steven Jensen and John Boyle, respectively, have announced a call for papers for their six sessions at the 2020 International Congress for Medieval Studies. The Congress is held every May at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. These sessions are devoted to Medieval theology and philosophy, especially that in the Thomistic tradition and found in the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas himself. For consideration, submit a 300-word abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org and to email@example.com by September 15, 2019.
Dominican University College in Ottawa is hosting its annual Symposium from Thursday, September 19 to Friday, September 20 in honor of the great Dominican scholar, Fr. Lawrence Dewan. Fr. Dewan was an incredibly gifted teacher whose impact on the study Thomistic metaphysics, natural philosophy, and ethics cannot be overstated. This year’s Symposium takes as its theme, The Study of Philosophy, and will feature Gregory T. Doolan as its keynote speaker. “The specific theme of The Study of Philosophy is intended in part to elicit thinking on the personal contribution of Father Lawrence Dewan to Thomistic philosophical thinking.” The organizers have issued a call for papers in either English or French, requesting full-page abstracts to be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, August 2. More information can be found on the Symposium webpage here.
The Aquinas Center for Theological Renewal (at Ave Maria University) and the Thomistic Institute (at the Dominican House of Studies) are teaming up once again for a February 2020 academic conference to be held in Ave Maria. This year’s theme is, “Thomas Aquinas and the Crisis of Christology.” The Sacra Doctrina Project’s own Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., will be featured as one of two keynote speakers.
Fran O'Rourke has sent us the following information on the upcoming Symposium Thomisticum in Athens, Greece.
The third Symposium Thomisticum will take place in Athens, Greece, 7-9 June 2018, kindly co-hosted by the University of Athens and Athens Academy.
Details are available at www.ucd.ie/philosophy/symposiumthomisticum
The theme of the Symposium is Aquinas and the Greeks.
Speakers will include: Therese Cory, Lambros Coulobaritsis, John A Demetracopoulos, John Dillon, Gregory Doolan, Kevin Flannery, Lloyd Gerson, Athanasia Glycofrydi-Leontsini, John Haldane, Yannis Kalogerakos, Thomas Leinkauf, Eleni Leontsini, Patrick Masterson, Evanghelos Moutsopoulos, Siobhan Nash-Marshall, Turner Nevitt, Fran O'Rourke, Eric D Perl, Eleni Procopiou, Andrea Robiglio, Carlos Steel, Georgios Steiris, Richard Taylor, Rudi te Velde, David Twetten, Kevin White, John Wippel, Markus Woerner, John Zizoulas.
Papers are invited for a number of supplementary parallel sessions. The overall number of participants will be limited to sixty; priority will be given to those presenting papers. In order to avoid overlap of topics, initial proposals should be sent by email to Fran O'Rourke (email@example.com).
The deadline for abstracts is 1 December, and for completed papers 1 May 2018. Papers will be circulated in advance; summaries will be presented at the symposium: papers will be discussed rather than read.
Participation fee will be EUR125, to include refreshments and the conference banquet.
Participants will be responsible for their own accommodation.
Inquiries to Fran O'Rourke, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University College Dublin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The 52nd International Congress of Medieval Studies will be held at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, from May 11th to the 14th, 2017.
The Kalamazoo conference is the largest congress for Medieval Studies in the world. The cost of room and board is quite moderate, and the atmosphere is congenial to those interested in Aquinas.
There will be a total of 6 sessions devoted to Medieval philosophical and theological thought, especially that of Aquinas, sponsored by:
- The Center for Thomistic Studies, c/o S.J. Jensen, Center for Thomistic Studies, University of St. Thomas (TX), 3800 Montrose, Houston, TX77006-4696. FAX: (713) 942-3464. email: email@example.com. Three sessions will be devoted to any topic about the philosophy of Aquinas, his sources, or contemporary applications of his thought.
- The Thomas Aquinas Society, c/o John F. Boyle, Department of Catholic Studies, 55-S, University of St. Thomas, 2115 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105. Fax: (651) 962-5710, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For these three sessions, proposals on any topic dealing with Aquinas are welcome.
Those interested in submitting proposals for papers may send them to either Dr. Steven Jensen or Dr. John Boyle. The submission details:
- Papers are 20 minutes in length
- Paper submissions must include a 300 word abstract and a completed Participant Information Form (which may be downloaded here).
- The Deadline for submissions is September 15, 2016.
Be sure to act quickly if you wish to have your proposal considered!
The friars of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) have held conferences on Thomism in 2010 (Warsaw) and 2013 (Washington, D.C.), with plans (as I had earlier noted) for another in 2016, to be hosted by the Toulouse Province of friars (publishers of the Revue Thomiste). However, due to several events already scheduled for 2016, including those connected with the 800th Jubilee of the Order, the conference has been postponed until 2017.
While conference attendance has been restricted to Dominican friars, some of the presentations have been published, both for the 2010 conference (Dominicans and the Challenge of Thomism) and for the 2013 event (Nova et Vetera 12.4, Autumn 2014).
This came in from father Richard Conrad O.P.
The Aquinas Institute at Blackfriars Hall in Oxford organizes an interesting colloquium on March 7, 2015, entitled "Thomas and Thomisms". Speakers include Reinhard Hütter, John O'Callaghan and Jeremy Wilkens from the US. Here is the PDF.
Living Morally and Intelligently in the Light of Christ’s Eternal Glory
Conference and Presentation of Awards
The Aquinas Center realizes the importance of St. Thomas Aquinas’s theology and philosophy for the deepening appropriation of Catholic speculative and moral theology. The Center reaches out to scholars and doctoral students around the world and bestows awards in recognition of their contributions to the study of Aquinas and Catholic intellectual and faith life.
The conference sessions will take place in the ballroom of the Bob Thomas Student Union. All sessions are free and open to the public.
Friday, January 25th, 5p.m.
The Veritas Medal Presentation and Lecture
The Veritas Medal honors an eminent Catholic thinker whose career reflects the Aquinas Center’s goal to foster the search for truth. Since the attainment of truth is a participation in the Wisdom of Christ, the Veritas Medal serves to recognize those who have instantiated, in their lives and work, the integration of faith and reason.
Saturday, January 26th, 10:30-12:30
The Journet Prize honors the scholarly monograph published in any language during the past calendar year that best exemplifies the task of drawing upon the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas to engage constructively in contemporary theology, philosophy, and/or biblical studies.
The St. Thomas Aquinas Dissertation Prize Presentation and Lecture
The Aquinas Dissertation Prize honors the dissertation defended in any language during the past calendar year that best exemplifies the task of drawing upon the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas to engage constructively in contemporary theology, philosophy, and/or biblical studies.
Saturday, January 26th, 2:00-3:30
Graduate Student Panel
“A Thomistic Appraisal of the Phoenix Abortion Case, with Special Consideration Given to the Self-Determinative Structure of Human Acts” by David Tamisiea
“St. Thomas’s Late Teaching on the Procession of the Holy Spirit” by Paul Shields
“True Devotion: Charles De Koninck’s Ego Sapientia and the doctrine of slavery to Mary” by Katherine Gardner