Philokalia through St Gregory Palamas, Veroia and Mt Athos, 2-4 July 2021

St Gregory Palamas Seminar: International Research into the Philosophical and Theological Work of St Gregory Palamas.
Topic: Philokalia through the Philosophy and Theology of St Gregory Palamas.
Veroia (Holy Monastery of Theotokos, Kallipetra, Rachi- Rachia- Veroias), Greece: 2-4 July 2021.
(with the Blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan of Veroia, Naousa and Campagnia Mr Panteleimon)

Arrival of Participants: Thursday, July 1st. Start of the programme: July 2nd.
Friday July 2nd
10.00: Meeting outside the Church of Panagia Soumela for a brief historical account of the Church and the miraculous icon of Panagia Soumela
10.30am: Meeting at the parking area in front of the Panagia Soumela Church for travel to Veroia.
11.30: Visit at the Metropolis of Veroia. After our visit at the Metropolis, we will visit the Museum of Veroia and the Church of St Antonios of Veroia.
17.30: Vespers at the Holy Monastery of Theotokos Kallipetra.
19.00: Start of the Conference- Greetings and Salutations and Introductory Remarks from His Eminence Metropolitan of Veroia, Naousa and Campania Mr Panteleimon.
Salutations from His Eminence Mr Melchisedek of Margveti and Ubisa (Georgia).
Welcome from the Abbot Archimandrite Palamas of the Holy Monastery of Theotokos Kallipetra
Salutations from Dr Gocha Barnovi, Dean at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani, Tbilisi, Georgia.
Salutations from Professor Viorel Vizureanu, Dean at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, Romania.
20.00: Professor Andreas Zachariou (Assistant Professor, School of Humanities and Social Sciences /
Director of the Institute of Theology Scientific Committee, Sulkha-Saba Orbeliani University
Tbilisi, Georgia) on: Gregory Akindynos’ Barlaamism: introductory observations on the basis of the Philokalia’s Palamite texts, the Hagioretic Tome and the One Hundred and Fifty Chapters.
21.00: Dinner
Saturday, July 3rd
Morning: Matins and Divine Litourgy at the Holy Monastery of Theotokos Kallipetras (exact times will be announced at the Dinner on Friday).
10:30: Professor Dorofeev Daniil (University of Saint-Petersburg, Russia) on: The Saints Orthodox Philosophers in Philokalia and the Images of the Russian Starets in Dostoevsky’s novels.
11.20: Dr Tommaso Manzon (Italy) on: Origen’s influences on Evagrios Ponticos’ theology of prayer, with particular respect to the two treatises On Prayer.
12.00: Break
12.15: Paraskevi Zacharia, PhD student of Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies Radboud University (RU), Nijmegen, The Netherlands, on: Russian mysticism and Philokalia: towards an ‘integral life’ by Vladimir Soloviev (1853-1900).
13.00: Lunch
14.15: Vincent DeWeese, PhD candidate in Theology at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, on: Mortification or Transfiguration: St. Gregory Palamas and the Ancient Philosophical Dispute over Ἀπάθεια.
15.00: Dr Constantinos Athanasopoulos (Open University, UK): Interpretations of Philokalia and St Gregory Palamas.
15.45: Organisational Meeting for all participants.
17.00: Vespers
20.00: Talk about the history of the Holy Monastery of Theotokos Kallipetra and the Skete of Veroia
20.30: Dinner
Sunday July 4rth
Morning: Matins and Hierarchical Divine Litourgy at the Holy Monastery of Theotokos Kallipetra (Feast of the Saints at the Skete of Veroia)
11.30 am: Professor Andreas Zachariou (Assistant Professor, School of Humanities and Social Sciences /Director of the Institute of Theology Scientific Committee, Sulkha-Saba Orbeliani University Tbilisi, Georgia) on: The inaccessible divine nature, and what are by nature essentials to God: introductory comments on the basis of the unpublished hermeneutical commentary to Maximus the Confessor’s Chapters On Love.
12..30: Dr Constantinos Athanasopoulos (Open University, UK) on: Teaching about Orthodox Mysticism through the Philokalia.
13.00: Lunch
14.00: Dr Laurentiu Gheorghe (Department of Practical Philosophy and History of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, Romania) on: “Knowledge of God and the duty of stillness”.
14.45: Wojciech Micał (PhD Candidate, Poland) on: The notion of existence in St. Gregory Palamas’ texts (as found in Philokalia and other surviving works).
15.30: Isacco Zambini (MA, Università degli studi di Milano, Italy) on: A study of the first Italian translation of the Philokalia.
16.15: Simion Claudiu Dan (PhD student, Romania) on: Philokalia and Greek Society and Politics.
17.00: Closing Remarks
17.15: Visit to the Holy Monastery of St John the Baptist in Skete Veroias.
19.30: Dinner at the Holy Monastery of Theotokos Kallipetra
Tuesday 6th of July: Men travel to Mt Athos: Departure at 4am from the parking area of Panagia Soumela for the men who have secured a diamonitirion (ask Dr. C. Athanasopoulos).
Thursday 8th of July: Return from Mt Athos to Soumela Pilgrim Centre (afternoon).
Media publications in relation to the Conference here: https://www.romfea.gr/ieres-mitropoleis/44365-synedrio-gia-ti-filosofia-...
and here: https://www.orthodoxianewsagency.gr/ieres-mones/diethnes-synedrio-gia-to...