25 May 2007

patristic, medieval, and renaissance

Each year Villanova University hosts a conference in patristic, medieval, and renaissance and reformation studies.

The conference is cross-disciplinary and wide open in terms of topics. Nevertheless, there is usually a plenary theme that serves at the focus of the conference. This year's theme is "Faith and the Ways of Knowing" and will be held 19-21 October 2007.

The topic seems to intersect fruitfully with many of my own areas of interest and the call for papers has extended its proposal deadline until 15 June. I had been interested in submitting a proposal, but was unable to give it much thought until the semester ended.

So, I'm giving it thought now, but find myself drawn in several different directions: reformation negotiations of faith and reason, shifts in the ontology of Scripture from medieval to Renaissance thought and practice, the interrelation of epistemology with liturgy and sacraments. And I'm not sure if any of these are really the best avenue to venture.

And thoughts or suggestions from among you readers? Use the comments.