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PMR 2018 | October 5-7, 2018

The Way of Beauty

Featuring
Mary Carruthers

Remarque Professor Emeritus of Literature, New York University, Author of The Experience of Beauty in the Middle Ages and The Craft of Thought &

Junius Johnson
Baylor University
Author of  Christ and Analogy and editor of  Bonaventure on the Eucharist

Villanova University has enjoyed a national reputation through its Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Conference (PMR) for over thirty years. Finding its natural niche and center in philosophy and theology, but extending from there to embrace a wide variety of disciplines in the field, the PMR has established a tradition of scholarship and collegiality complementary to, rather than in competition with, the larger conferences such as Kalamazoo, the Oxford Patristics Conference, or the Medieval Academy.

The conference has met a need in the academic community for working space. According to founding director Thomas Losoncy, the conference was always intended to be a place where scholars come to roll up their sleeves, to work through new ideas, to experiment and push the envelope in their various fields. The PMR’s legacy is archived in a long-running series of published proceedings, from the early 1970s through the 1990s, testimony to its consistent success. read more....

A Tradition of Scholarship

Villanova University has established a national reputation through its Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Conference (PMR) for nearly thirty years.  Finding its natural center in philosophy, theology, and intellectual history, but keeping the door open to the breadth of study in the field, the PMR has maintained a solid place in the academic community.  Its strength has been to see itself as complementary to, rather than in competition with, the larger or more elite conferences like Kalamazoo, the Oxford Patristics Conference, or the Medieval Academy. The conference has met a need in the academic community for working space. According to founding director Thomas Losoncy, the conference was always intended to be a place where scholars come to roll up their sleeves, to work through new ideas, to experiment and push the envelope in their various fields.  The PMR’s early legacy is preserved in a long-running series of published proceedings, form the 1970s to the 1990s, testimony to its consistent success.

The PMR Today

In recent years, we have built on the strengths of the past while stepping forward to meet the needs of 21st century scholarship. Scholarship in the study of Late Antiquity has expanded and matured as its own complex field, including but not limited to the traditional study of Patristics.  Medieval and Renaissance/Reformation studies, too, have grown in complexity, where the lines between intellectual history and cultural history, between theology, philosophy, art, literature, and culture have blurred or overlapped.  In addition, our post-9/11 world has made clear the necessity of sustained and rigorous study of the long and complex interrelationship between the great traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.  Such emergent complexity has mandated an interdisciplinary and dialogical approach that the PMR has begun to reflect.  Theology and philosophy provide the centers of gravity in these conversations, but all the humanities and social science disciplines contribute essential elements to the work of scholarly discernment that will both illuminate the past and help us to understand our place among these traditions and cultures that continue to touch and shape us today.>

In this 38th year, the PMR maintains its traditional features: The conference offers an open call for papers, and keeps  its primary focus as a “working conference,” one in which feedback and dialogue are central, in which the great mix of disciplines and areas enriches our study.  This dialogue extends into the plenary sessions, centers of gravity that draw our various conversations together. To this rich affair we add the seasoning of good food and fellowship, and we hope all will leave on Sunday both sated and with appetites whet for next year. 

Our annual theme captures only part of the work we support at the PMR. We extend invitations to smaller societies or scholarly communities to gather for annual meetings, long-term research projects, or new, exploratory work.  Among these, we have had a special relationship with the Boston Colloquy in Historical Theology for the last several years, and we are pleased to welcome them again this year to PMR.

PMR 2018 Call for Papers | Abstract Submissions

Announcement and Call for Papers

The Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies Conference (PMR)

at Villanova University invites you to participate in its International PMR Conference #43

October 5-7, 2018

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:

The Way of Beauty

Featuring

Mary Carruthers
Remarque Professor Emeritus of Literature, New York University
Author of The Experience of Beauty in the Middle Ages and The Craft of Thought &

Junius Johnson
Baylor University
Author of Christ and Analogy and editor of Bonaventure on the Eucharist.

With the desired recovery of Beauty as a “lost transcendental,” literary, theological,  and philosophical scholarship has been flooded with explorations of theological and philosophical aesthetics.  But the way of beauty is wider than the world of theory.  This year’s plenary theme will explore the places where theory and life meet, in beauty.  How does beauty open up the horizons of the good and the true? What is it like, in antiquity, the middle ages, or the early modern era, to experience the beautiful?   How does art, literature, poetry disclose the Beautiful? Scholars in literary studies, poetics, aesthetics, theology, philosophy, art history, architectural history, cultural history, are invited to contribute to our consideration of the way, or the ways, of beauty.

Deadline for submissions: June 15, 2018

Notice of acceptance will be made by July 20, 2018

 

Abstract Submission

Please submit an abstract of one double-spaced page, bearing Name, Academic Affiliation, and complete contact information in upper right hand corner. Only one paper per person will be accepted. Proposals for panels or sponsored sessions should be submitted together with paper abstracts. Please indicate precisely on your abstract any audio-visual needs.

We need your help! Would you be willing to chair a session? Please indicate this in note attached to your abstract or under separate cover. Please include your area of interest/expertise, affiliation, and complete contact information on this note.

Sample List of Some Past and Possible Topics and Areas

Albigensians

Alexandria in Late Antiquity

Anselm

Antioch in Late Antiquity

Astronomy and Astrology

Augustine

Augustinian Studies

Authorship and Persecution

Averroes

Basil of Caesarea

Beguines

Benedict of Nursia

Benedictines

Biblical interpretation

Boethius

Bonaventure

Byzantine Studies

Calvin

Canon and Secular Law

Cappadocian Fathers

Carolingian culture

Catherine of Siena

Chaucer

Cistercian Studies

Classical and Medieval Latin

The Commercial Revolution

Constantinople

Crusades

Dante

Donne

 

Drama

Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages

Economic history of the Middle Ages

English Mysticism

Eriugena

Flemish Vernacular Literature

Franciscan theology and culture

French Vernacular Literature

German Vernacular Literature

Al-Ghazzali

Giotto

Gothic Art and Architecture

Heresy and Orthodoxy

Ibn Gabriol

Ibn Sina

Iconography

Inquisition(s)

Islamic Medicine/Science

Islamic and Jewish Mysticism

Islamic Philosophy/Theology

John of Damascus

John Duns Scotus

Leonardo da Vinci

Liturgy

Luther and the Reformations

Magic

Maimonides

Manuscripts and Paleography

Medicine in Late Antiquity

Medieval & Renaissance Philosophy

Medieval Theology

Mendicant Movements and Orders

Michelangelo

Middle English Studies

Milton

Monasticism

Nachmanides

Nature and Grace

Old English/Anglo-Saxon Studies

Political Philosophy and Theology

Providence and Predestination

Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite

Reform and Reformation

Romanesque Art/Architecture

Saints and Hagiography

Scholasticism

Sermon Studies

Shakespeare

Spanish Vernacular Literature

Spanish Mystics

Teresa of Avila

Thomas Aquinas

Thomas More

Trent and Tridentine Reform

The University

The Victorines

Waldensians

Send Abstract Proposals to

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

Or as a Word attachment to: pmr.conference@villanova.edu.

PLEASE NOTE
If your paper is accepted you must register and pay the conference fees. The registration form will be available in July .  Fees are as follows:

  • Faculty $TBA  DVMA $TBA
  • Students: $TBA DVMA $TBA

REGISTRATION FEES DO NOT INCLUDE MEALS

Meals: Lunches $TBA.  Banquet on Saturday $TBA

Villanova Faculty and students :  Registration Free.  But must pay for meals.

PMR 2018 Registration

On-Line Registration for PMR 2018 is now CLOSED 

If you still need to register, please do so at the Conference.

Payments accepted by only :  CHECKS and MONEY ORDERS  no Credit Cards

THANK YOU 

PMR 2018 Program

All Sessions Held at The Inn at Villanova University, 601 County Line Road Radnor, PA 19087
[610] 523–1776
[610] 523–1779 Fax

Friday, October 5, 2018

8AM: REGISTRATION

SESSION I : 8:30 AM-10:00AM 

 

1.       Beauty on the Margins: mothers & infants, migrants, and animals

Room 115

Organized by Siobhan Benitez, Catholic University of America

Chair: Elizabeth Adams-Eilers, Drexel University

 

Looking at the Virgo Lactans and the Social Media “Brelfie”

Beth Zagrobeny Lofgren, Catholic University of America

 

The Beauty of Charity in Truth: Patristic Foundations of Integral Human Development

Marc Vincent Rugani, Catholic University of America

 

Broken Bodies and Shaking Paws: Imaging St. Francis’s Taming the Wolf at Gubbio

Siobhan Benitez, Catholic University of America

 

2.       Creative Fidelty (1): Returning to Beauty in Aquinas

           Organized by Paul Camacho, Villanova University and Erik Van Versendaal, JPII Institute

Room 119

Chair: Paul Camacho, Villanova University 

 

Splendor Beyond Form: On Aquinas and the Claritas of Beauty

William Desmond, Villanova University

 

A ‘Creative Completion’: Aquinas and Contemporary Discussion on Receptivity

Michael Higgins, John Paul II Institute

 

What Do We Mean When We Talk about Beauty? A Thomistic Response

Brendan Sammon, St. Joseph’s University

 

3.       Beauty in Saint Augustine

Room 108

Chair: Alex Fogelman, Baylor University

         

Beauty and Metaphysics in Augustine

James Murray Murdoch, Villanova University

 

Distention as a Means of Making Beautiful: Augustine on the Aesthetic Function of Time 

Zach Howard, Saint Thomas University

 

The Sweetness of the Chord: the Harmonics of Redemption in De Trinitate IV

Mac Stewart, Catholic University of America

 

4.       The Theology of Luther and Calvin and their Readers

Room 114

Chair: Philip Krey, Lutheran Theological Seminary

               

Martin Luther on the Law as Scripture

Thomas Tatterfield, Boston College

 

“Whatever Does Not Proceed from Faith Is Sin”: Faith, Action, and Affection in Calvin’s Ethics

Patrick Haley, Princeton Theological Seminary

 

Under Orthodoxy: Eilhard Lubin and Lutheran Intellectual Culture

Tomás Valle, University of Notre Dame

 

5.       The Bible and Scholastic Theology

Room 120

Chair: Benjamin Winter, Saint Louis University

 

Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit: A Case Study in the Inseparability of Biblical Exegesis and Scholastic Theology    

Peter O’Hagan, University of Saint Michael’s College

 

Vita Gloriae Quam Sacra Scriptura Promittit et ad eam Perducit: Thomas Aquinas on the Ductus of Scripture

Gregorio Montejo, Boston College

 

An Unshakable Kingdom: The Epistle to the Hebrews and Metaphysics in Calvin and Aquinas

Austin Holmes, Boston College

 

Session II: 10:15 AM – 12:15PM

 

6.       Recovering Bonaventure

Room 115

Organized by: The Bonaventure Studium

Chair: Boyd Taylor Coolman, Boston College

 

A Panel Discussion with:

Gregory LaNave, Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception

Kevin L. Hughes, Villanova University

Junius Johnson, Baylor University

 

7.       Creative Fidelity (2): Saint Augustine and his Philosophical Heirs
          Organized by Paul Camacho, Villanova University and Erik Van Versendaal, JPII Institute

Room 119

Chair: Erik Van Versendaal

 

Freud and Augustine on Time and Timelessness

Alan Pichanick, Villanova University

 

In the Beginning: Wittgenstein Reads Augustine

Erika Kidd, University of Saint Thomas

 

Gadamer and Augustine on the Nature of Signs

Michael Vendsel, University of Dallas

 

8.       Prayer and Beauty

Room 108

Chair: John J. Mulhern, University of Pennsylvania

Organized by Hans Feichtinger, Seamus O’Neill, and Maurizio F. Di Silva

 

Philosophy as Prayer: Augustine's Use of Plotinus and the Psalms in Conf. 1.13.20

Bridget M. Safranek, Catholic University of America

 

Plotinus and Augustine on Beauty

Maurizio F. Di Silva, Univ. Fed. do Paraná

 

The Beauty of the Image - Augustine and Albert

Hans Feichtinger, Saint Paul University

 

Beauty as a Transcendental in Aquinas

Seamus O’Neill, Memorial University

 

9.       Eros, Beauty, & Being: Mystical Theologies

Room 114

Chair: Rachel J. Smith, Villanova University

               

Languishing In the Wild Spaces of Love: What is Shared (and Not) by Plato's Alcibiades, Erotic “Dinner Guest,” and Some Thirteenth-Century Love Mystics

Robert Sweetman, Institute for Christian Studies

 

Toward an Unpleasant Aesthetic: The Paradox of Beauty in the Poetry of Hadewijch of Antwerp

Barrie Rose Williams, Boston College

 

Courtly and Bridal Mysticism in Meister Eckhart

Donald F. Duclow, Gwynedd Mercy College

 

Spiritual Physics, or Person and Being in the Thought of Meister Eckhart

Robert J. Dobie, LaSalle University

 

10.    ‘Two Loves Built Two Cities’: The Legacy of Saint Augustine

Room 120

Chair: Ian Clausen, Villanova University

               

Augustine, Rhetoric, and the Exemplary Beauty of Martyrs

Adam Ployd, Eden Theological Seminary

 

Augustine’s Christian Roman Emperors: An Analysis of Books IV and V of the City of God

Colleen Mitchell, University of Notre Dame

 

Augustine’s Two Cities in the Theological Jurisprudence of Francisco Suárez, SJ

Elizabeth Rain Kincaid, Aquinas Institute of Theology

 

LUNCH, 12:15 PM-1:30PM 
Main Dining Room at The INN

Transportation to Villanova Campus by taxi or Uber

 

SESSION III: 1:45 PM-3:45 PM

 

11.    Socrates and Other Saints, by Dariusz Karłowicz: A Panel Discussion

Room  115

Chair: Artur Sebastian Rosman, University of Notre Dame

Organized by Artur Sebastian Rosman   

 

John C. Cavadini, University of Notre Dame

Martin Laird, O.S.A.,   Villanova University

William Desmond, Villanova University

                Respondent: Dariusz Karłowicz, Saint Nicholas Foundation

 

12.    Creative Fidelity Session 3: Literature and the Tradition: Fidelity through the Wasteland
         Organized by Paul Camacho, Villanova University and Erik Van Versendaal, JPII Institute

Room 119

Chair: Paul Camacho, Villanova University

 

Tolkien and the Tradition: From Mordor to Beowulf

Michael Tomko, Villanova University

 

No Good Divinity: Reading King Lear with Ferdinand Ulrich

Erik Van Versendaal, John Paul II Institute

 

Pseudo-Dionysius, Nihilism and Love of the Good: A Metaphysical Trajectory in Dostoyevsky

Mark Shiffman, Villanova University

               

13.    Time and (Salvation) History in the Second Century

Room 108

Chair: Jonathan Yates, Villanova University

Organized by Jonathan Yates

               

Faith and Hospitality in Salvation History within 1 Clement 9-12: The Case of Noah

Paul Anthony Hartog, Faith Baptist Seminary

 

A New Salvation History in the Vision of Ignatius of Antioch

Clayton N. Jefford, Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology

 

Irenaeus and Time

D. Jeffrey Bingham, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

 

Reading Scripture as a Coherent Story in the Second Century

Stephen Presley, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

 

14.    Carolingian Theological Culture: Scripture, Liturgy, Theology

Room 114

Chair: Donald Duclow, Gwynedd Mercy College

 

Tracing Irish Exegetes on the Continent

Catherine Bodin, McDaniel College

 

Beauty is God Being Made: Johannes Eriugena Aesthetics of Divine Disclosure

Terence Sweeney, Villanova University

 

The Logic of Divine Ignorance: Eriugena’s Understanding of the Categories and Logic In Relation to Divine Self-Ignorance

John Marshall Diamond, Loyola University Chicago

 

15.    Early Christian Theology, Church, and Culture

Room 120

Chair:   15. David Hunter, University of Kentucky    

 

a.       Theology and Culture in Late Antiquity

Why Read Philostorgius?

Thomas Brauch, Central Michigan University

 

Noetic Beauty: The Living Water of the Samaritan Woman and the Early Christian

Linda Sue Galate, Drew University

 

b.       Saint Cyril of Alexandria

Salvation and the Soul of Christ in Cyril’s Early Writings

Andrew Mercer, Southern Methodist University

 

Cyril against Julian: Literary Form and Strategies of Conversion

Brad Boswell, Duke University

 

SESSION IV: 

PLENARY ADDRESS   4:15 PM -6:00 PM

Room 115

Mary Carruthers
Erich Maria Remarque Professor of Literature Emeritus New York University

“Perplexity as a Principle of Medieval Aesthetics”

 

Wine and Cheese Hour 6:00 PM, Atrium

 

Please feel free to consult the literature at the registration table for dining suggestions.

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2018

Morning Prayer: 7:30 AM – 8:00AM 

 

Liturgical Prayer in the Anglican Tradition

 led by Rev. Daniel Wade McClain

All are welcome.

Room 119

 

SESSION V: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

 

16.    Saint Bonaventure and the Theology of Beauty

Room 115

Chair: Gregory LaNave, Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception

Organized by the Bonaventure Studium

 

Hierarchia est divina pulchritudo: Correlating Dionysian and Augustinian Conceptions of Beauty in the Thought of Saint Bonaventure

Alex Giltner, University of Saint Francis

 

Christ Through and In All: The Significance of De Reductione’s Christology

Kaylie Page, Yale University

 

Prudence and the Soul’s Journey in Bonaventure’s Collationes in Hexaëmeron

Benjamin Winter, Saint Louis University

 

Uncovering Hidden Beauty in the Thought of Bonaventure

Laura Smit, Calvin College

 

17.    Creative Fidelity Session 4: Phenomenology and the Tradition

         Organized by Paul Camacho, Villanova University and Erik Van Versendaal, JPII Institute

Room 119

Chair: Erik Van Versendaal, JPPII Institute

 

‘Despair, not feast on thee’: 

Jean-Luc Marion’s Quasi-Augustine, and St. Augustine’s Antidote to Dysthymia

Greg Grimes, Villanova University

 

“How is it with the nothing?”: A Thomistic response to Martin Heidegger

Rachel Coleman, John Paul II Institute

 

A Mendicant Phenomenology of the Flesh:

Reading Francis of Assisi and Bonaventure with Emmanuel Falque

Greg Floyd, Seton Hall University

 

18.    Pedagogy and Poetry

Room 108

Chair: James DeMasi, University of Dallas

 

a.       Pedagogy

Pedagogy and Principles: A Thomistic Approach to Contemporary Liberal Arts

Jillian Langford, Villanova University

 

‘The Cloisters Project’ in English Lit I: Connecting the Beauty of Medieval Art and Literature

Cathryn McCarthy Donahue, College of Mount Saint Vincent

 

b.       Poetic Disclosures of Beauty in the Middle Ages

“þæt is healic gifu!”: How Poetic Form Discloses the Beautiful in Judgment Day II

Evelyn Reynolds, Indiana University

 

Beauty’s Comic Wounding: Dante Alighieri on the Ascetics of Beauty

Matthew A. Rothaus Moser, Loyola University Maryland

 

19.    The Beauty of Devotion

Room 114

Chair: Allison Zbicz Michael, Catholic University of America

 

Saintly Aesthetics: Beauty and Medieval Hagiography

June-Anne Greeley, Sacred Heart University

 

A Beautiful Resting Place: Parallels between the Life of Bonifazio Lupo and the Lives of the Disciples of James the Great as Portrayed in the Paduan Frescoes by Avanzo  (1372-79)

Mary D. Edwards, Pratt Institute

 

The Aesthetics of Personal Prayer and the Fashioning of the Self in The Book of Nunnaminster

Marie Schilling Grogan, Chestnut Hill College

 

Sublime Silence: The Via Pulchritudinis of the Silent Roman Canon

John A. Monaco, Boston College

 

20.    Finding Beauty Everywhere: The Question of Beauty in the Christian Tradition

Room 120

Chair:  

 

Eunuchs for the Sake of Heaven: Eunuchs, Male Beauty, and the Suffering Body of Christ

Galina Krasskova, Fordham University

 

Claudian’s Phoenix and Paganizing Christian Beauty

Brian Dunkle, SJ, Boston College


Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, Who’s the Truest Self of All?

From Burden to Beatitude through the Apophatic Beauty of the Icon

Timothy Kelleher, Saint Sophia Seminary

 

Session VI: 10:45 AM-12:15 PM 

 

21.    Spirit and Beauty in the Spanish Golden and Colonial Age

Room 115    

Chair: June-Anne Greeley, Sacred Heart University

 

Discernment in Early Apologies for the Spiritual Exercises

Aaron Pidel, SJ,  Marquette University

 

The Beauty of Holiness:

Architectural Representations of the Temple of Jerusalem in Spanish Golden Age Poetry

Laurie Kaplis-Hohwald, Rowan University

 

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz and the Divine Narcissus:

Beauty, Literature and Drama at the Service of Theology in Seventeenth Century Mexico

Marcos Ramos, OP

 

 

22.    Grace and Beauty in Aquinas and His Heirs

Room 119

Chair: James M. Wilson, Villanova University

 

Nature and Grace in the Order of Charity: Preferential Love according to Thomas Aquinas

Austin Wilson, Duke Divinity School

 

To Be Beautiful Is to Be Human, Not Divine: Aquinas, God, and the Attribute of Beauty

Josh Merlo, University of Buffalo

 

Maritain’s Distinctive Way of Beauty:

Developments of and Departures from His Thomistic Inheritance

Megan Furman, University of Dallas.

 

23.    Patristic Theology

Room 108

Chair: Galina Krasskova, Fordham University

 

Against Antisemitism: Irenaeus’s Impact on the Reception of Hebrews 8:5

J. Edward Kelly, Boston College

 

Gregory of Nyssa’s Vita Macrina as an Apologia for His Brother Naucratius

Sandy Haney, Eastern University

 

Jerome’s Early Anthropology

Thomas Clemmons, Catholic University of America

 

24.    The Beautiful Word: Ambrose and John Chrysostom as Preachers

Room 114

Chair: Brad Boswell, Duke University

 

The Beautiful Bride: Sacrifice, Sacrament, and Sin in Ambrose of Milan

Joseph Grone, Saint Louis University

 

The Pedagogy of Nature in Ambrose of Milan’s Hexaëmeron

Angela Russell Christman, Loyola University Maryland

 

Chrysostom’s Preaching on Job and his Illness

Douglas Finn, Boston College

 

 

25.    Rhetoric and Law in the Late Middle Ages and Early Modernity

Room 120

Chair:

 

The Role of Rhetoric of Purpose in the Councils of Basel and Ferrara-Florence

Matthew Frederick Neumann, Princeton Theological Seminary

 

Domingo de Soto’s In causa pauperum deliberatio (1545) and Economic Migration

Barrett H. Turner, Mount Saint Mary’s University

 

“Things Needing to be Known”:

The Multifaceted Work of Discovering Natural Law in Francisco Suárez

Catherine Sims Kuiper, University of Notre Dame

 

Lunch:  12:15 PM – 1:45 PM

Main Dining Room The INN

 

Session VII: 1:30 PM-3:30 PM

 

26.    Medieval Augustinianism: Scripture, Symbol, Image

Room 115

Chair: Cathryn McCarthy Donohue, College of Saint Vincent

 

Foolishness and Desire:

Trinitarian Image and Knowing God in Augustine of Hippo and Anselm of Canterbury

Reginald Lynch, OP, University of Notre Dame

 

Eius Gloria Semper Vera Est: Divine Beauty and the Fittingness of the Incarnation

Eric Mabry, Christ the King Seminary

 

Architectural Logic in Adam of Dryburgh’s De Tabernaculi Moysi

Allison Zbicz Michael, Catholic University of America

 

The Beauty of Benignitas: A Pneumatological Aesthetic in Richard of St. Victor’s De Trinitate

John Kern, Boston College

 

27.    Beauty and Holiness in the Theology of Saint Bonaventure

Room 119

Chair:  Daniel Wade McClain, Bruton Parish Episcopal Church/College of William & Mary

 

The Poverello and Crucified Beauty

Matthew Chominski, Archmere Academy

 

Finding Divine Beauty in the Hidden Numbers of the Legenda Maior

Luke Togni, Marquette University

 

Via Pietatis: An Investigation into the Nature of Theology in Light of Bonaventure’s Soliloquium

Stephen Tomlinson, Catholic University of America

 

Revisiting The Soul’s Journey into God:

An Ecofeminist Reading of St. Bonaventure’s Book of the Creatures

Elizabeth Adams-Eiler, Drexel University

 

28.    Scholastic Philosophy and Theology

Room 108

Chair:  James Murray Murdoch, Villanova University

               

William of Auvergne and Robert Grosseteste on the Eternity of the World

Rebecca Keller, Catholic University of America

 

Albertus Magnus on Beauty in Aristotle’s Politics

John J. Mulhern, University of Pennsylvania

 

The Virtue of Religion in St. Thomas Aquinas

Kevin Jones, Independent Scholar

 

Gabriel Biel and Thomas Aquinas on the Gift of Fear

Gilbert Stockson, University of Notre Dame

 

29.    The Beauty of Image, the Beauty of Song: Saint Augustine’s Theology

Room 114

Chair: Adam Ployd, Eden Theological Seminary

               

The Antinomy of the Imago Dei in Augustine’s Soliloquies

Michelle Falcetano, Villanova University

 

The Cruciform Cathedra: Augustine on the Apostles Peter and John

Shane M. Owens, Catholic University of America

 

Becoming Beautiful: Confessing Beauty in Augustine’s Enarrationes in Psalmos

Kevin G. Grove, CSC, University of Notre Dame

 

Becoming the Song of Christ: Musical Theologizing in Augustine’s en. Ps. 32

Alex Fogelman, Baylor University

 

30.    Elizabethan Law and Letters

Room 120

Chair: Evelyn Reynolds, Indiana University

 

Aristocratic Women & Politics in Elizabethan England: The Rise of Bess of Hardwick

Justine Carré Miller, Villanova University

 

“Unless thou get a son:” Beauty and Incarnation in Shakespeare’s Sonnet 7

James DeMasi, University of Dallas

 

The Pursuit of Beauty:  A Study of Shakespeare’s Pericles, Prince of Tyre

Martha Oberle, Independent Scholar

 

Session VIII:

 

Plenary Session 4:00 PM- 5:45 PM

Room 115

 

Junius Johnson, Baylor University

Contuition, Apprehension, and Ecstatic Knowing: Bonaventure and the Question of Beauty

 

Vigil Mass 5:45 PM

Room 119

Cocktails 6:15 PM

Atrium & Courtyard

Feast in Celebration of the 43rd Patristic, Medieval, Renaissance Studies Conference

7:00 PM

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2018

10 AM:  Sunday Roundtable

The Way of Beauty

 An Open Conversation with Mary Carruthers and Junius Johnson

All are welcome.

 

Room 115/117

Conference Accommodations

All sessions of the conference will take place at:

The Inn at Villanova University
601 County Line Road, Radnor, PA 19087

The new Inn at Villanova University is scheduled to open in July 1st of 2017.

Please check back for additional details, including renderings of the new spaces and the specifics of the Inn’s grand opening.

For additional information, please call 610 519 8000 or e-mail at theinn@villanova.edu.

Nearby Hotels

Radnor Hotel 
591 E. Lancaster Avenue 
St. Davids, PA 19087 
Phone: 610.688.5800; 800.537.3000 
Fax: 610.341.3299 
(At the junction of Route 30 & I-476)

Devon Courtyard 
762 Lancaster Avenue 
Wayne, Pennsylvania 19087 
Phone: 610.687.6633; 800.321.2211 
(At the junction of Route 30 and Old Eagle School Road)

Travel

By Taxi:
Bennett Taxi Service: 610.525.1770

Liberty Cab Company :215.389.8000

 

By Plane: 
Use Philadelphia International Airport.

By Train:
Take AMTRAK to the 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. Ask the attendant to direct you to the Suburban Trains. Take the R5 to the Radnor Station, then take a cab to the Conference Center.

By Automobile: 
The Inn at Villanova University
601 County Line Road
Radnor, PA 19087

Please note:  If you are using a GPS locator, please enter 629 County Line Road, Radnor, PA 19087 or Latitude 40.05 and Longitude -75.35.

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PMR Archive

PMR 2017 October 13, 14, 15, 2017

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

Featuring
Susan Ashbrook Harvey, Brown University and Margot Fassler, University of Notre Dame

October 14-16, 2016

A Matter of Devotion:  Matter and Spirit in Theory and Practice

Caroline Walker Bynum, Professor Emerita, Institute for Advanced Study
University Professor Emerita, Columbia University

Catherine Kavanagh, Senior Lecturer, Mary Immaculate College
Limerick, Ireland


40th International PMR Conference (2015)
October 16-18, 2015
The Scriptural Imagination

Featuring
Lewis Ayres

Durham University
Author of Nicaea and Its Legacy and Augustine and the Trinity
Recording

&

Vittorio Montemaggi
University of Notre Dame
Co-Editor of Dante’s Commedia: Theology as Poetry
Recording

 

39th International PMR Conference (2014)
Visible Communion:  Unity, Sanctity, Sociality

Featuring
John Cavadini

University of Notre Dame
&
Martha G. Newman
University of Texas at Austin

38th Internationa PMR Conference (2013)
Deep Unto Deep:  Exploring Mystery, Human and Divine

October 18-20, 2013
Featuring
Bernard McGinn, University of Chicago Divinity School
Amy Hollywood, Harvard Divinity School

37th International PMR Conference (2012)
After Constantine:  Religion, Politics, Culture, & Counterculture

October 26-28, 2012

Featuring
Robert Louis Wilken, University of Virginia 
William Klingshirn, The Catholic University of America


36th International PMR Conference (2011)

Natura: The splendor of these created things…..

Featuring: Richard A. Schenk, OP Professor of Philosophy and Theology Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology,Graduate Theological Union and Bruce D. Marshall Lehman Chair in Christian Doctrine Perkins School of Theology Southern Methodist University 
Held: October 21-23, 2011

2011PMRProgram.pdf

35th International PMR Conference (2010)
Mother of Mercy: The Figure of Mary in Theology and Culture

Featuring: Brian Daley, Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame; Author of The Hope of the Early Church and editor of On the Dormition of Mary: Early Patristic Homilies; Rachel Fulton Associate Professor of History, University of Chicago
Author of From Judgment to Passion: Devotion to Christ and the Virgin Mary, 800-1200.
Held: October 22-24, 2010

PMR2010Program.pdf

34th International PMR Conference (2009)
Ora et Labora. Pray and Work

Featuring: John Van Engen University of Notre Dame -  Author of Sisters and Brothers of the Common Life; Michèle Mulchahey Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, Toronto - Author of First the Bow is Bent in Study

Held: October 16-18, 2009

PMR 2009 Program.pdf

33rd International PMR Conference (2008)
The Angel and The Muse:  Inspiration, Revelation, Prophecy

Featuring: Brenda Deen Schildgen, University of California-Davis and Michael Sells, University of Chicago Divinity School 
Held: October 10-12, 2008

PMR 2008 Program.pdf

32nd International PMR Conference (2007)
Faith and the Ways of Knowing

Featuring: Denys Turner, Yale University and David Burrell, University of Notre Dame 
Held: October 19-21, 2007

PMR 2007 Program.pdf

31st International PMR Conference (2006)
Structure, Space, and Meaning: The Walls and Portals of Premodern Worlds

Featuring: Annabel J. Wharton, Duke University and Richard Kieckhefer, Northwestern University 
Held: October 13-15, 2006

PMR 2006 Program.pdf

30th International PMR Conference (2005)
Reading, Community, Identity

Featuring: Brian Stock, University of Toronto and Michael A. Signer, University of Notre Dame 
Held: October 14-16, 2005

PMR 2005 Program.pdf

The conferences that we sponsor are:

PMR Conference — A conference intended to be a place where scholars come to roll up their sleeves, to work through new ideas, to experiment and push the envelope in their various fields. Villanova University has enjoyed a national reputation through its Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Conference (PMR) for over thirty years. Finding its natural niche and center in philosophy and theology, but extending from there to embrace a wide variety of disciplines in the field, the PMR has established a tradition of scholarship and collegiality complementary to, rather than in competition with, the larger conferences such as Kalamazoo, the Oxford Patristics Conference, or the Medieval Academy.

Reconsiderations — An international conference on St. Augustine and his thought.

Reconsiderations Conference

Next Conference will be held in September 2020

 

Conference Accommodations

The Inn at Villanova University
601 County Line Road, Radnor, PA 19087
Phone: 610.523.1776 / Fax: 610.523.1777

 

Nearby Hotels

Radnor Hotel 
591 E. Lancaster Avenue 
St. Davids, PA 19087 
Phone: 610.688.5800; 800.537.3000 
Fax: 610.341.3299 
(At the junction of Route 30 & I-476)

Devon Courtyard 
762 Lancaster Avenue 
Wayne, Pennsylvania 19087 
Phone: 610.687.6633; 800.321.2211 
(At the junction of Route 30 and Old Eagle School Road)

 

Travel

By Taxi:
Bennett Taxi Service: 610.525.1770

Liberty Cab Company: 215.389.8000

Villanova Conference Center Front Desk: 610.523.1776

By Plane: 
Use Philadelphia International Airport.

By Train:
Take AMTRAK to the 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. Ask the attendant to direct you to the Suburban Trains. Take the R5 to the Radnor Station, then take a cab to the Conference Center.

By Automobile: 
Please click on the link for Door To Door Directions: 601 County Line Rd, Wayne, PA 19087

Reconsiderations Conference Archive

2016 Reconsiderations Conference Program

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2016
7:30 P.M. Driscoll Hall Auditorium Main Campus

Welcoming Remarks: Fr. Peter Donohue, OSA
President, Villanova University


Introduction:  James Wetzel, Villanova University

Saint Augustine Lecture

Fr. Allan Fitzgerald, OSA Villanova University
Engaging the Gospel of John

Friday September 16th

Room 115 VCC

Morning Session MODERATOR: Joshua Nunziato (VU)

I. The Augustinian Person

9:00 Jesse Couenhoven, Villanova University

Fleshing Out Augustine's Moral Psychology

9:40 J. Patout Burns, Jr., University of Vanderbilt, emeritus

Human Agency in Augustine’s doctrine of Predestination

BREAK

10:35 Matthew Drever, University of Tulsa

Finding our home in God: reimagining human personhood within the life of the Spirit

11:15 Discussion

12:15 LUNCH - Main Dining Room

Afternoon Session:  MODERATOR: Martin Laird, OSA (VU)

II. Augustine’s thought in cultural context

1:45 Margaret R. Miles, Berkeley Graduate Theological Union, emerita

To Die For: Bodies, Pleasures, and the Young Augustine

2:25 Catherine Conybeare, Bryn Mawr College

ut tecum tamquam mecum audeam conloqui: the politics of retun

BREAK

3:20 Michael Lamb, University of Oxford

Augustine and Republican Liberty:Contextualizing His Defense of Coercion

4:00 Discussion

6:00 Reception

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

Room 115 VCC

Morning Session: MODERATOR: Kevin Hughes (VU)

III. Augustine and Marriage

9:00 David Hunter, University of Kentucky

Augustine’s Doubts on Divorce: A Reading of De coniugiis adulterinis

9:40 John CavadiniUniversity of Notre Dame

Reconsidering Marriage and Concupiscence

BREAK

10:35 Danuta Shanzer, Universität Wien

What Have Philology and Literary Criticism To Do with Augustine on Marriage?

11:15 Discussion

12:15   LUNCH - Main Dining Room

Afternoon Session: MODERATOR: Jonathan Yates, (VU)

IV. Augustine on John

1:45 Johannes Brachtendorf, University of Tübingen

“Jesus wept" (Joh 11,35) - Christ's sadness in Augustine's and Aquinas' Commentaries on the Gospel of St. John

2:25 Volker Henning Drecoll, University of Tübingen

Remarks on the Christology of the In Iohannis euangelium tractatus

BREAK

3:20 Michael Cameron, University of Portland

Johannine Trends in Augustine's Formation ad Confessiones

4:00 Discussion

4:45 Conclusion

Reconsiderations Conference Archive

Reconsiderations IV (2012)

The Saint Augustine Lecture
James Wetzel, Villanova University
A Tangle of Two Cities

Session :   I. Augustine’s World 
Robert Wilken, University of Virginia
Augustine's World and the World of Cyril of Alexandria

Jason BeDuhn, Northern Arizona University
What Augustine (May Have) Learned from the Manichaeans

Maureen Tilley, Fordham University
Family and Financial Conflict in the Donatist Controversy:   Augustine’s Pastoral Problem.

Session:  II. Interpreting Augustine  

Michael McCarthy, S.J., Santa Clara University
Interpreting Augustine: Mirrors, Models, and the Middle Voice

John Peter Kenney, Saint Michael’s College
God as Being: Interpreting Augustine

Ellen Charry, Princeton Theological Seminary
Augustine’s Psychology of Ascent Asocial?

Session :   III. Augustine and Theology 

Lewis Ayres, Durham University
“In the School of Plato”? Some comments on “Philosophical”  Readings of Augustine's De Trinitate

John Cavadini, University of Notre Dame
Spousal Vision: A Study of Text ad History in the Theology of St. Augustine

 William Harmless, S.J., Creighton Univerisity
A Love Supreme: Augustine’s “Jazz” of Theology

Session:  II. Augustine’s Legacy 

Irena Backus, University of Geneva
Leibniz and Augustine

Willemien Otten, University of Chicago
Between Praise and Appraisal: Guidelines for the Assessment of Augustine's Intellectual Legacy 

Paul van Geest, Tilburg University
Multi-layered indebtedness: St. Augustine as fons and auctoritas for Gabriel Biel

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Reconsiderations III (2009)

September 17, 18, 19, 2009

A Conference on the thought and legacy of Augustine of Hippo - Celebrating 50 years of the Saint Augustine Lecture Series

"Saint Augustine Lecture"
Isabelle Bochet, S.F.X., Institut Catholique Institut d’Études Augustiniennes, Paris, "Scripture in Augustine's Controversy with Porphyry"

Session I:   Augustine and Scripture
Michael Cameron, University of Portland; Karla Pollman, St Andrews University, Scotland; John Cavadini, Notre Dame University; Michael McCarthy, S.J., Santa Clara University

Session II: Augustine the Theologian
Brian Daley, S.J., Notre Dame University; Robert Dodaro, O.S.A., Augustinianum, Rome; Lewis Ayres, Durham University; Mathijs Lamberigts, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Session III: "Augustine and Philosophy"
Luigi Alici, Università di Macerata, Italy; Gerd Van Riel, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven; Giovanni Catapano, Università di Padova, Italy; Frederick Van Fleteren, LaSalle University

Session IV: Augustine Engaging the World
John Bowlin, Princeton Theological Seminary; Kathleen Roberts Skerrett, Grinnell College; Eric Gregory, Princeton University; Charles Mathewes, University of Virg

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Reconsiderations Conference II (2006)

September 28-30, 2006

 

A conference on Augustine of Hippo and the development of his thought. This Conference was part of The Dialogue between Faith and Culture: A Series of Conferences and Symposia in Honor of the Inauguration of the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A. as Villanova University’s thirty-second President.

2006 St. Augustine Lecture 
Thursday, September 28, 2006 at 7:30 P.M.
"Facing Wealth and Poverty: Defining Augustine's Social Doctrine"
Professor Claude Lepelley: Emeritus professor, University of Paris X – Nanterre. Emeritus lecturer, École des Hautes Études – Sciences religieuses, Sorbonne. Emeritus president of the Institut d’Études Augustiniennes, Paris.

Session I: The God of Augustine 
Lewis Ayres, Emory University, Atlanta; Isabelle Bochet, sfx, Institut d'Etudes Augustiniennes, Paris, Centre Sèvres-Facultés Jésuites de Paris; Michael Cameron, University of Portland; John Kevin Coyle, St. Paul University, Ottawa.

Session II: Augustine on “The Self” 
Sarah Byers, Ave Maria University; John Cavadini, University of Notre Dame; John Kenney, St. Michael’s College; James Wetzel, Villanova University.

Session III: Augustine the Controversialist 
Robert Dodaro O.S.A., Istituto Patristico Augustinianum; Eric Rebillard, Cornell University; Michel Barnes, Marquette University; Karla Pollman, University of St. Andrews.

Session IV: Augustine and the Philosophers 
Johannes Brachtendorf, Universität Tübingen; Giovanni Catapano, Università di Padova; Gerd Van Riel Katholieke, Universiteit Leuven; Marianne Djuth, Canisius College.

Sponsored by Villanova University and Augustinian Studies, in collaboration with the Augustinianum, Rome and the Augustijns Historisch Instituut, Heverlee-Louvain, Belgium.

 

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Reconsiderations Conference (2003)

December 4-6, 2003

A Conference on Contemporary Augustinian Scholarship. This conference was on the occasion of the 2003 St. Augustine Lecture by Peter Brown Rollins Professor of History Princeton University, sponsored by Villanova University and Augustinian Studies, in collaboration with the Patristic Institute Augustinianum, Rome, Italy.

Scholars who study the figure, history, and thought of Augustine of Hippo find themselves compelled to deal with Peter Brown's important work Augustine of Hippo: A Biography (1967, 2000). Its publication almost four decades ago marked a new era in Augustinian scholarship, making it a reference point and signaling a virtual renaissance in the study of the Bishop of Hippo, then and still today. On the occasion of the 2003 St. Augustine Lecture by Prof. Brown, Villanova University is sponsoring an International Conference that will examine the current state and future prospects for Augustinian scholarship.

2003 St. Augustine Lecture
Thursday, December 4, 2003, 7:30 P.M.
"Augustine and a Crisis of Wealth in the Late Antique Church"
Prof. Peter Brown

Friday, December 5, 2003

Morning sessions: Augustine and the Practice of Theology
Moderator: David Hunter (Iowa State)

Lewis Ayres - (Emory) "Augustine on the Rule of Faith: Rhetoric, Christology, and the foundation of Christian thinking"

Carol Harrison - (Durham) "The most intimate feeling of my mind": The permanence of grace in Augustine's theological practice."

Michael Cameron - (Portland) "Totus Christus and the Psychagogy of Augustine's Sermons."

Afternoon Session: Augustine, Roman Africa, and the Construction of Christianity
Moderator: Darlene Weaver (Villanova)

E. Ann Matter - (Penn) "De cura feminarum: Augustine the Bishop, North African Women, and the Development of a Theology of Female Nature."

Eric Rebillard - (CARE, Paris) "Nec deserere memorias suorum: Augustine and the family-based commemoration of the dead."

Patout Burns - (Vanderbilt) "Augustine Assimilating Cyprian: Integrating Donatist Clergy."

December 6, 2003

Morning Session: Augustine on the Human Being and Christ
Moderator: Daniel Doyle, O.S.A. (Villanova)

Robert Dodaro - (Augustinianum) "Augustine and the Revision of the Heroic Ideal"

Mathijs Lamberigts - (Leuven) "In defence of Jesus Christ, the only mediator between God and men. Augustine's view of Christ in the Pelagian Controversy."

John Cavadini - (Notre Dame) "Constructing and Deconstructing the Passions: an Augustinian Reconsideration."

Afternoon session: Augustine on Conversion, Asceticism, and Authority
Moderator: Catherine Conybeare (Bryn Mawr)

Conrad Leyser - (Manchester) "Homo pauper sum: Augustine, Church Property, and the Retrospective Self'."

George Lawless - (Augustinianum) "Ex Africa semper aliquid novi: The Rules of Saint Augustine."

Liz Clark - (Duke) "Distinguishing 'Distinction': The Uses of a Bishop's Authority."