Most importantly, IOTA needs to live up to its expectation of being the first letter of the word “Jesus” in Greek. In other words, Christ, the eternal Logos who made human nature his own, must be at the center of IOTA’s vision for the church and the world. As a city visited by God in numerous ways, Jerusalem offered an opportunity not only to think together, but also to pray and make a pilgrimage together.
The Inaugural Conference, which will take place in the beautiful city of Iasi, Romania, on 9-12 January 2019, is poised to become a major Pan-Orthodox event in the life the Orthodox Church. Presently, 80 speakers from over 20 countries have confirmed their participation in over 25 conference sessions. As the final number of sessions is likely to double and in consideration of a generous conference space provided by our hosts in Iasi, the IOTA chairs decided to move the deadline for the submission of the paper proposals to 31 March 2018. This will ensure that all qualified proposals have a better chance of being considered.
The participants emphasized the importance of cooperation between IOTA’s different groups and the opportunity to organize joint sessions. All proposals must be submitted electronically here.
IOTA invites any active Orthodox scholar with a Ph.D. or equivalent to submit full-session proposals for a special session. Such sessions would typically have four or more speakers from at least two countries to reflect an international character of the event. In addition, proposals for special sessions from international research groups, Orthodox scholarly societies, Orthodox educational institutions, and associations may be submitted directly to the conference coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.