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Akindynos’ Role in the Hesychast Controversy (International Workshop) - 15-16/03/2019, Bern (Switzerland)





This workshop examines the Hesychast Controversy and its protagonists in 14th century Byzantium. It particularly focuses on Gregory Akindynos, Gregory Palamas’ fiercest but least known opponent. The workshop is orgamised by the Research Group of the Swiss National Science Foundation Project “Akindynos and Palamas in Dispute on Divine Energies” and will bring together various international specialists in the field for the first time. The workshop is open to the public. Participation is free, but we would like to ask you to register before February the 28th 2019 by sending a message to


FECHA /DATE/DATA: 15-16/03/2019

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Room B-102, UniS, Schanzenesckstrasse 1, CH-3012 (Bern, Switzerland) 

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Institut für Historische Theologie ; Prof. Dr. Katharina Heyden; Dr. Renate Burri


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Friday, 15th March 2019 
9:00 Introduction Katharina Heyden, Renate Burri (University of Bern) 
9:15 Chair: Katharina Heyden 
Evidence from Manuscripts 
Editing Gregory Akindynos: The Example of Escurialensis Graecus Φ. III-11 Dionysios Benetos (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) 
Interventions in Monacensis graecus 223 and Their Historical Relevance Renate Burri (University of Bern) 


10:45 Coffee Break 


11:15 Persons Involved Gregory Akindynos in the Service of Patriarch John XIV Kalekas? Marie-Hélène Blanchet (CNRS, Paris) 
The Early Followers of St. Gregory Palamas and the Articulation of an EssenceEnergies Distinction from 1337 to 1347 
Tikhon Alexander Pino (Marquette University) 


12:45 Lunch Break 


14:15 Chair: Renate Burri
Essence-Energies and Uncreated Light Debates The Essence-Energies Debate: Philosophical Background and Issues 
David Bradshaw (University of Kentucky) 
Gregorius Palamas, plus platonizans quam christianizans? The Essence-Energy Structure in Palamas’ Polemics with Gregory Akindynos 
Mikonja Knežević (University of Prishtina/Kosovska Mitrovica)


15:45 Coffee Break 


16:15 Patristic Reception and the Light of the Transfiguration in the Hesychast Controversy Marcus Plested (Marquette University)



Saturday, 16th March 2019 
9:00 Chair: Renate Burri 
Statements of Faith Gregory Akindynos’ Theological Perceptions 
Andreas Zachariou (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) 
’Innovation‘ as a Heresiological Argument and a Theological Topic in Akindynos’ Refutatio of Palamas’ Epistula III 
Katharina Heyden (University of Bern) 


10:30 Coffee Break


11:00 Professions of Faith as Means of Theological Dispute in the Hesychast Controversy 
Reinhard Flogaus (Humboldt University of Berlin) 

11:45 Closing Remarks
Katharina Heyden, Renate Burri (University of Bern) 


12:30 End of the Workshop



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