The International Orthodox Theological Association announces its Inaugural Conference in Iasi, Romania on 9-12 January 2019

Founded in February 2017, the International Orthodox Theological Association (IOTA) seeks to serve as a vehicle of Orthodox Christian intellectual culture by providing a forum for an interdisciplinary scholarly exchange. IOTA’s 25 groups represent different aspects of Orthodox Christian life and thought. IOTA’s leadership includes 150 well-respected Orthodox scholars from 30 countries.

The overarching theme of IOTA’s inaugural conference is Pan-Orthodox unity and conciliarity. As the event will take place in Iasi, Romania, the conference has the support of the leadership of the Romanian Orthodox Church. In addition, the leaders of other Orthodox Churches look favorably upon the endeavor.

Each IOTA group is presently accepting 600-800 word proposals for the topics stated in the group’s Call for Papers. Submit your proposal by filling out this form before 31 March 2018. The working language of the conference is English. Typical presentations will be 15-20 mins in length, followed by 5-10 min discussion.

In addition to individual papers, proposals for special sessions are welcome. Each session proposal must include the session topic and the names, institutional affiliations, and terminal degrees of 4-6 speakers and of the session presider. The speakers must be from at least two different countries. Send all preliminary inquiries to Paul Gavrilyuk at

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The conference speakers will include: 

 Alexander AgadjanianNajib AwadRadu BordeianuPeter BouteneffDavid Bradshaw Anna Briskina-Müller ✥   Will CohenMary CunninghamBishara Ebeid ✥ Ioana FeodorovEffie FokasAlexei FokinCarrie Frederick Frost ✥ Paul GavrilyukTamara Grdzelidze ✥ Demetrios Harper ✥ Susan Ashbrook HarveyDavid Heith-Stade ✥ Michael Hjälm ✥ Cyril Hovorun ✥ Rastko JovicEleni Kasselouri-HatzivassiliadiAssad Elias Kattan ✥ Pantelis Kalaitzidis ✥ Grigory KesselAlison KolosovaJustin Lasser ✥ Nikolaos LoudovikosAndrew Louth ✥ Adalberto MainardiVasilios MakridesJohn McGuckin ✥ Lina Molokotos-LiedermanSebastian Moldovan ✥ Michael Oleksa Irina PaertAristotle PapanikolauSymeon PaschalidisMarcus Plested ✥ Marius PortaruRadu Preda ✥ Oleg RodionovVera ShevzovDionysios SklirisMichel Stavrou ✥ Alin SuciuRichard SwinburneElizabeth TheokritoffEvangelos Thiani ✥ Alexis Torrance ✥ Alexander TreigerDmitry Uzlaner ✥ Patriciu VlaicuGayle Woloschak

The conference sessions will include the following topics:

 Contemporary State of Dogmatic Theology ✥ Natural Theology in the Orthodox Tradition ✥ Creation and the Ecological Problem ✥ Orthodoxy and the Challenge of Islam ✥ Phenomenon of the Church in Modern Philosophy ✥ From Eucharistic Ecclesiology to the Church as Polis ✥ Orthodox Synodality ✥ Orthodox Ecumenism After Crete ✥   Ethics in Orthodox Thought ✥ Spiritual Perception in Eastern Christianity ✥ Contemporary Biblical Criticism and Patristic & Byzantine Exegesis ✥ Reading Palamas Today ✥ Orthodox Political Theology between Individualism and Communitarianism ✥ Middle Eastern Christianity and Patristic Heritage ✥ The Female Body in Orthodox Theology and Liturgy ✥ Orthodoxy in the Public Square and the Media ✥ Philokalia through the Centuries ✥ Living Tradition in Local Contexts ✥ Dumitru Staniloae ✥ Council of Iasi in 1642 ✥ Constantinople and the Slavic Orthodox World ✥ Neutral and Engaged Readings of the Bible ✥ Paradigms for Orthodox Biblical Studies

Call for Papers Travel Grants