attached to this letter you will find an invitation letter in Serbian and English for a scientific conference on the topic “Byzantine heritage today – what Eastern Roman Empire means to us?” which is planed to be organized by our Orthodox Theological Faculty in June next year.
We are currently in the invitation and planning phase, so this invitation is also a request to come and save the dates indicated in the invitation to be our guests.
If you have suggestions for sending an invitation letter to someone else, please do not hesitate to send us the name of the colleague in the reply to this letter.
All the best and we are waiting for you!
Darko R. Djogo
vice dean for science
St Basil of Ostrog Orthodox Faculty
UNIVERSITY OF EAST SARAJEVO ST BASIL OF OSTROG
ORTHODOF THEOLOGICAL FACULTY
Invites you to participate on
THE INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE
„BYZANTINE HERITAGE TODAY
– WHAT EASTERN ROMAN EMPIRE MEANS TO US?“
Which will take place in Foča, Republic of Srpska, June 7th – 9th 2023
The legacy of the Eastern Roman Empire has attracted the attention of researchers from the last days of Constantinople and its fall in 1453 until today. Its thousand-year history and cultural magnificence have never ceased to provoke conflicting judgments about the nature of the political, ecclesiastical, cultural and civilizational meaning of “Byzantium”.
The actuality of the idea and reality of the Second Rome not only does not diminish, but increases in the modern world in general. For the Orthodox Church especially the question of the relationship between the church past of Constantinople and its present appears to be an acute problem
The scientific conference to which we invite you therefore examines questions such as those about what is “Byzantine identity” and what is its ecclesiastical and cultural semantics today? Is the Orthodox Church simply a “Byzantine Church” even after the end of the Empire? Are the institutions of the Empire necessary for Her being? What is the relationship between patristic heritage and “Byzantine” theology? How were various “Byzantinisms” reinterpreted, deconstructed and constructed? What is the ideological, political and theological usefulness of the Byzantine heritage today?
The work of the symposium will be organized according to the following preliminary sessions:
What is “Byzantium” – a question about an imaginary (or real) identity
The Orthodox Church and “Byzantinism” – is the existence of the Orthodox Church inconceivable without the Byzantine legacy?
“Byzantium” and the question of its legacy – who and why today has the right to refer to the legacy of the Second Rome?
The aim of our symposium is not only to gather specialists from the fields of Byzantology, Orthodox theology, arts and social sciences who would consider micro-topics of a Byzantological character, but a multidisciplinary overview of processes in the past and present, dealing with the reception, interpretation and reinterpretation of the Byzantine heritage today in the broadest possible sense. In this sense, we invite you to join us and be our honored guest, so that we can participate together in this symposium of Logos at our Theological Faculty.
The working languages of the symposium are English and Serbian.
No registration fee is necessary for participation – St Basil of Ostrog Orthodox Theological Faculty will provide accommodation, meals and a tour of the tourist attractions of Foča and its surroundings.
Please confirm your arrival by January 1, 2023 and provide us with the presentation topic, keywords and abstract by April 1, 2023 at the latest.