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Third International Congress "Early Christian Mystagogy and the Body" - 30-31/08-01/09/201


Mystagogy is a more or less formal process of initiation by ritual, sacramental, and didactic means into a continuously and intimately felt presence of a mystery that is regarded as transforming one's personal life. In the early Christian period, two older traditions about human physicality influenced the Church's vision and development of the process of initiation into the Christian faithScholars are invited to examine the role of the body in these approaches to the divine, in theory and in practice, in individual authors and/or collective contexts from the patristic period, and to reflect on how their findings might be interpreted in the light of modern thinking and practice..

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 30-31/08-01/09/2017

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: The Tilburg School of Catholic Theology ; Museum Catharijneconvent (Utrecht, Netherlands)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: The Netherlands Centre for Patristic Research

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The congress fee is set at 95€ (or per day: August 30 and 31: €40; September 1: €30; students of a Dutch University: free). On all days lunch is included.


In case of an accepted proposal: there will be no fee. In case of a non-Dutch speaker, the organisation will provide for accomodation from August 29 (day of arrival) to September 1 (day of departure). The provision includes lunch (August 30 and 31, and September 1) and dinner (August 30 and 31). The provision excludes travel and other expenses. Accomodations will be at walking distance of the venue, in the city centre of Utrecht.


The organisation is happy to announce that keynote lectures will be delivered by Prof. Dr. Danuta Shanzer (University of Vienna), Prof. Dr. Catherine Conybeare (Bryn Mawr College) and Prof. Dr. Caroline T. Schroeder (University of the Pacific).

The names of other invited key-note speakers will be published shortly. Regular updates of the program will be available on the congress website.

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