Call for Papers

Announcement and Call for Papers:

The Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies Conference (PMR)
at Villanova University
invites you to participate in its
42nd  International  PMR Conference

October 13, 14, 15, 2017

As always, the PMR makes an OPEN CALL to scholars, institutions, and societies to propose  Papers,  Panels,  or Sponsored Sessions in all areas and topics in late antiquity/patristics, Byzantine Studies,  Medieval Studies, Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, and Renaissance & Reformation Studies.

The PMR committee this year makes a special invitation to scholars from all disciplines in these fields to address our plenary theme:

A Sacrifice of Praise:  Liturgy, Prayer, and Hymnody at the Center of Faith and Life


Susan Ashbrook Harvey
Brown University
Author of Scenting Salvation and Song and Memory


Margot Fassler
University of Notre Dame
Author of  The Virgin of Chartres and Gothic Song

University of Notre Dame“Lex orandi, lex credendi.”  The law of praying is the law of believing.  Many scholars have cited this aphorism in the classroom or on the page, but how do we take full and proper account of the central place of liturgy in the theology and culture of the Christian churches? How does it apply, if at all, in early Jewish and Islamic traditions? Does liturgy “teach”? Does it reconcile the human and the divine? Unite heaven and earth? To attend to liturgy is to bring aesthetics, poetics, performance, praxis, politics, and theology into living relationship.  This year’s central theme will draw us into the mysteries of Liturgy, Prayer, and Hymnody, from early Christianity and Judaism to the early modern period, from the East to the West.


Deadline for submissions: June 9, 2017

Notice of acceptance will be made by: July 14, 2017

Send all abstracts and panel proposals to:

PMR Conference c/o Anna Misticoni
The Augustinian Institute
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085-1699

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