“ The very name of Christ has become love to man (φιλανθρωπία)” (GNO VI,107,4-5)


The 13th International Colloquium on Gregory of Nyssa will be focused on In Canticum canticorum. This exegetical work belongs to the final part of Gregory's life and can be considered a genuine example of his mature thought and brillant preaching. The In Canticum canticorum shows one of the most distinguished characteristics of Gregory's thought, i.e. the deep interconnection between thought and spiritual life. This suggests a rich and valuable line of investigation for contemporary research. Hopefully, after three Colloquia devoted to dogmatic works, the coming conference could be a new step towards a better understanding of Gregory's method and thought.

The schedule of the Colloquium consists of lectures, workshops and short papers. The lectures, delivered by invited scholars, will discuss the main topics of Gregory’s In Canticum according to three main frameworks: philological, philosophical, and theological issues. In addition, some of the most remarkable topics will be studied in the workshops, again held by invited scholars. This will provide a significant opportunity for scientific dialogue among participants as well as fruitful exchange between beginning and experienced researchers. Lastly, there is space devoted to short papers, which may be proposed to the organizers and thus complete the schedule of the Colloquium.

The main lectures will be held by:

  • Lewis Ayres (Durham)
  • Miguel Brugarolas (Pamplona)
  • Matthieu Cassin (Paris)
  • Sarah Coakley (Cambridge)
  • Scot Douglass (Colorado)
  • Volker H. Drecoll (Tübingen)
  • Theo Kobusch (Bonn)
  • Martin Laird (Villanova)
  • Morwenna Ludlow (Exeter)
  • Lenka Karfíková (Prague and Olomouc)
  • Claudio Moreschini (Pisa)
  • Ari Ojell (Helsinki)
  • Ilaria Ramelli (Milano)
  • Anna Silvas (New England)
  • Manlio Simonetti (Roma)
  • J. Warren Smith (Duke)
  • Johannes Zachhuber (Oxford)

These scholars will also referee the papers proposed for publication.