Note: All conference speakers need to be current IOTA members, register for the conference, and reserve housing.
International Orthodox Theological Association:
A Vision for the Future of Worldwide Orthodoxy
What is IOTA?
Orthodox scholars and professionals around the world, who actively participate in the life of the Church, are often isolated from each other. In order to overcome our isolation, we created the International Orthodox Theological Association or IOTA for short. IOTA is a new community that promotes international exchange of knowledge about the Orthodox faith and seeks to become a vehicle of Pan-Orthodox unity.
Who is a part of IOTA?
While IOTA is the smallest letter of the Greek alphabet, in one year our association has grown into a network of several hundred well-respected Orthodox leaders from over thirty countries. Besides theologians, IOTA includes philosophers, historians, social scientists, political scientists, and professionals. We welcome the scholars and scholar-practitioners from other fields related to the Orthodox Christian studies. IOTA is organized into twenty-five groups, each representing a different area of study, including both traditional theological disciplines, such as Biblical Studies, Dogmatic Theology, Moral Theology, and Liturgical Studies as well as newer fields, such as Missiology, Orthodoxy and International Relations, Orthodoxy in the Public Square and the Media, Religion and Science, and so on. These groups are parts of what one might call an Orthodox Republic of Letters, dedicated to free, honest, and respectful exchange of ideas, helping the Church to come to terms with the challenges of our time.
What are the plans for the Inaugural Conference?
Our Inaugural Conference will take place in the beautiful city of Iasi, Romania a year from now. We have the full support of the leadership of the Romanian Orthodox Church and a dedicated team led by our site chair, Catalin Jeckel, that is working hard to make this conference a success. We are encouraged by the fact that over 200 speakers have accepted our invitation to present papers at over 50 sessions. While the overarching theme is Pan-Orthodox unity, the range of the topics is quite broad, from perennial questions to historical matters to the burning problems of our time. We wish to make the conference as open and as affordable as possible in order to attract both well-established scholars and junior talent. We also plan to have the Ecumenical Observers in our midst. We expect about 300 participants from over thirty countries to attend the event.
How can you get involved in IOTA?
To participate in the conference, follow these three simple steps:
1. Become an IOTA member here. Conference participation is open to members only.
2. Register for the conference here. Space is limited. Register early.
3. Reserve housing here. Due to high demand, the Headquarters Hotel (Unirea) has been sold out. Astoria Hotel is within 100 yards/ meters from Unirea.
You may also subscribe to IOTA’s YouTube Channel here and its monthly newsletters below. We hope to see you in Iasi in January 2019.
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