Scholars are welcome to propose papers in more than one session, but will ultimately present in only one session each. Please use the following form to submit a 600-800 word paper proposal by 31 March 2018. To submit a proposal for a full session, see here.

Please select which group your paper should be submitted to:

Your paper should meet the following criteria.

Biblical Studies Group - Paradigms for Orthodox Biblical Studies.Presenters are invited to engage in one or more approaches or methods that they have found helpful as Orthodox biblical scholars, while illustrating their methodologies or biblical hermeneutics by developing specific cases that pay close attention to a biblical text, biblical texts, or biblical themes. We request papers showing the value of various approaches, including literal readings, the historical-critical method, sociological method(s), literary approaches, theological readings, patristic or tradition-historical approaches, and attention to the spiritual sense, among other paradigms. Presenters are asked to reflect upon why the methods, readings or approaches that they showcase are important to them as an Orthodox scholar, or what significance they may have for the Orthodox Church, if any.

Byzantine Orthodoxy Group - The group invites papers on any topic related to the field of Byzantine Orthodoxy.
Canon Law and Pastoral Theology Group - The group invites papers on theological, hermeneutical, and historical issues pertaining to canon law and pastoral practice.
Christianity in the Middle East Group - The group invites papers on any topic related to the field of Christianity in the Middle East.
Church Music Group - The group invites papers on any topic related to the field of church music.
Dogmatic Theology Group - The group invites papers on any topic related to the field of dogmatic theology.
Ecclesiology Group - We call for papers that deal with issues of modern ecclesiology. The scope of the session is broad. Proposals can cover such issues as conciliarity, authority, consensus rule, church structures, and the ecclesiological dimension of the Council of Crete (2016).
Ecumenical Dialogue Group - The group invites papers on any topic related to the field of ecumenical dialogue.
Liturgical Studies Group - The group invites papers on any topic related to the field of liturgical studies.
Missiology Group - Missiology Group calls for papers addressing any of the following topics: 1) The current missionary situation you are part of or are researching: the historical background, how the mission is progressing (through what outreach, educational techniques etc), financial support of the mission, theological issues arising out of this particular context; 2) What are or should be the goals, purposes and motivation of Orthodox mission/witness? 3) Orthodox theological perspectives on the encounter of faith and culture, the inculturation/ contextualization/ inter-culturation of Orthodoxy in and between different local contexts. Orthodox theological perspectives on traditional, indigenous cultures and religions and their transformation as a consequence of missionary work, modernity, global economic and environmental factors; 4) Theological issues arising out of the translation of biblical and liturgical texts into local languages, the creation of Christian theological vocabulary in languages which have not previously had biblical and liturgical texts, local expressions of Orthodox theology, liturgical music and art; 5) Orthodox perspectives on current concerns of ecumenical and global missiology: ‘World’ Christianity, liberation theology, inculturation, and contextualization; 6) Global environmental concerns and stewardship of creation as a theme of Orthodox missiology; 7) Ecclesiological aspects of Orthodox mission: the local church in the missionary context, the notion of ‘sending’ and ‘receiving’ churches, the support of missionaries across international boundaries, the financing of missionary/local churches, hearing the voice of younger churches in the broader ecumenical Orthodox context; 8) The role of liturgy, catechism, education, schools in mission: How could Orthodox catechism and preaching at the local church and parish level look different so that an Orthodox Church more conscious of its apostolic role of witness in the contemporary world emerges? How is mission furthered in liturgical and sacramental life? How does the Church continue informing and challenging those already baptized? 9) Missionary training: how could Orthodox theological studies embrace more specific training for missionary ministry through the study of such disciplines as missiology, history of missions, anthropology, sociology? Who are missionaries? Those sent from abroad, local believers in parish communities, clergy, laity, men, women, monasteries and monastics?
Moral Theology and Theological Anthropology Group invites papers on emotion, passion, and virtue in Orthodox theology.
Orthodox Asceticism and Spirituality Group - The group invites papers on any topic related to the field of Orthodox asceticism and spirituality.
Orthodox Education Group - The group invites papers on any topic related to the field of Orthodox education.
Orthodox Theological Institutions Group - The group invites papers on any topic related to the field of Orthodox theological institutions.
The Orthodoxy, Politics, and International Relations Group invites papers for a panel on "Orthodox Christianity and Pluralism: Conceptual Frameworks and Comparative Analysis." Papers dealing with the following areas of investigation are particularly encouraged as they relate to the issue of pluralism and Orthodox Christianity and/or pluralism within Orthodox Christianity: church-state relations in Orthodoxy; relations between religious and political authorities; Orthodox churches and migration; and Orthodoxy and inter-religious dialogue; Orthodoxy as global faith and Church. Ideally, papers should be attuned to how specific topics reflect the changing epistemic paradigms and theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of Orthodoxy, politics, and international relations.
Orthodoxy and the Arts Group - The group invites papers on any topic related to the field of Orthodoxy and the arts.
Orthodoxy in the Public Square and Media Group - The group invites papers on any historical and/ or contemporary topic related to the presence and relevance of Orthodox Christianity in the public sphere and the media, as well as the consequences thereof. We are open to a variety of scholarly perspectives, including interdisciplinary ones. Papers comparing more than one Orthodox culture or theorizing on different facets of “public Orthodoxy” and on the forms and effects of its mediatization (either traditional or modern) are particularly welcome.
Patristics Group - The Patristics Group invites papers dealing with the contemporary approaches to the study of Christianity in Late Antiquity. The topics of the proposals may include, but are not limited to 1) the comparison of the study of patristics from the Orthodox and non-Orthodox perspectives; 2) the retrieval of patristic material in Orthodox neopatristic theologies; 3) the history of the church councils and the Council of Crete (authority, unity, voting procedures, status, reception, and so on); 4) methodological issues pertaining to a specific genre of patristic literature. In addition, the papers dealing with any aspects of non-Greek patristic literature, including Syriac, Armenian, and Georgian are also welcome.
Philosophical Theology Group - The group invites papers on any topic related to the field of philosophical theology.
Philosophy of Religion Group - The philosophy of religion section of IOTA invites submissions to present short papers at an open session on any topic on the philosophy of religion. Papers should make some contact with Orthodox or Eastern Christian thinking on the topic.
Political Theology Group - The group invites papers on the topic of theology of personhood in relation to Orthodox political theology.
Romanian Orthodoxy Group - The Romanian Orthodoxy Group invites proposals for individual papers related to the Council of Iasi in 1642. We invite proposals to consider any of the following themes: the historical events surrounding the Council, the theological issues discussed at the Council and their relevance for today’s Orthodox world, the Expositio fidei, and the aftermath of the Council especially in regard to pan-Orthodox unity.
Religion and Science Group - The group invites papers on any topic related to the field of religion and science or theology and ecology.
Slavic Orthodoxy Group - The Group on Slavic Orthodoxy invites papers that consider any aspects of Orthodox thought and practice in Slavic regions and Churches. In particular, we are seeking papers that consider the broad topic of “Orthodox Memory and the Slavic Orthodox Experience of Totalitarianism and Persecution.” While the interface between Orthodox culture and practice and imperial discourse is well known, Orthodox theological, philosophical, anthropological, liturgical, iconographical, hymnographic, and grassroots devotional responses to experiences of terror and violence under early modern or modern totalitarian state regimes is less so. We therefore would particularly welcome proposals that consider the various ways in which Slavic Orthodox Christians subsequently memorialized such periods of violence and repression, and the way these forms of memorialization might have influenced, shaped, or articulated Orthodox understandings of such topics as the human person; radical evil and suffering; mercy, repentance, and forgiveness; sacrifice, martyrdom, and redemption; the sacred features and roles of testimony, collective memory, and history. Papers may also address the processes which contribute to the formation of collective memory, various political theologies, or cases of manipulation of faith and doctrine for political ends, as well as various ways Orthodox Christians have responded (and participated in) such politicizing processes.
Women in the Orthodox Church Group - The Women in the Orthodox Church Group invites papers on topics of “Women and the Church: New Directions.” While this call is purposefully broad and therefore encompasses any subject area pertinent to our group, we expressly wish to hear new voices and new thinking on the topic of women and the church.
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