Saturday, 1 March 2014


Call for Papers

On 8-10 April 2015 the research units History of Church and Theology and Literary Studies: Latin Literature of the University of Leuven will organize, in collaboration with the Augustinian Historical Institute of Malta, an International Conference on North African Patristic Sermons. This conference, which will be supported by the Scientific Committee of the Series Latina of the Corpus Christianorum (Brepols Publishers) and the review Augustiniana (Heverlee/Leuven), will bring together scholars who have recently made important contributions to the study of patristic homiletics.

The conference will take place in Malta, at the Augustinian Historical Institute. It  is meant as a sequel to the conferences organised in Leuven/Turnhout (30-31 May 2008) and Rome (15-17 September 2011) entitled ‘Ministerium sermonis’, the proceedings of which have been published in Instrumenta Patristica et Mediaevalia 53 and 65 (Brepols, Turnhout 2009 and 2012). While the previous two conferences focussed on Augustine’s preaching, the 2015 conference will be dedicated to the broader field of patristic sermons in Latin North Africa. We remain interested in Augustine, but warmly welcome all contributions devoted to other African preachers/sermons. A lecture should be 40 minutes long and will be followed by a general discussion of 10 minutes.

Committed keynote speakers include: Isabelle Bochet, Luc De Coninck, Hubertus Drobner, Carol Harrison, Eric Rebillard, and Clemens Weidmann.

If you would like to deliver a lecture during this conference, please send the provisional title, abstract (max. 500 words) and a concise CV (max. 500 words) before 1 June 2014, to:

We will let you know whether your paper is included by 1 July 2014. Subsequently, all participants are kindly invited to announce the definitive title of their lecture and send us a short abstract (or hand-out, which will be put in the conference map for all participants) before 1 January 2015. The organizing committee has the intention of publishing the contributions to the conference as quickly as possible within Instrumenta Patristica et Mediaevalia, published by Brepols Publishers.

The Augustinian Historical Institute of Malta will provide lodging and meals. Participants are asked to make and pay for their own travel arrangements.

Yours sincerely,

Gert Partoens & Mathijs Lamberigts
Shari Boodts & Anthony Dupont
Salvino Caruana

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