CALL for PAPERs 2018


"Fully Human: Theological Anthropology and Human Flourishing in the 21st Century"

The Institute for Studies of Eastern Christianity (ISEC) of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York (formerly the Sophia Institute of Eastern Orthodox and Byzantine Studies) and the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary are happy to announce the upcoming fall 2018 conference on the theme of: Fully Human: Theological Anthropology and Human Flourishing in the 21st Century

The Conference will take place on the campus of Union Theological Seminary (3041 Broadway @ 121st St, New York, NY 10027) on Friday, December 7th, 2018.

We call on scholars, religious leaders and social activists to offer academic papers related to the conference theme. Please email us a short abstract (200 words), email address, and mailing address before November 15th. Our featured speakers will be the Very Rev. Dr. John Behr, Dr. Pia Chaudhari, Dr. Matthew Ally, and the Very Rev. Dr. Lev Smith.

A day-long gathering (10:00 AM to 6:00PM—with registration beginning at 9:00 AM), will focus on the various ways the Eastern Orthodox Church, over past centuries and in recent times, has approached the dominant and central themes of human nature, destiny, and spiritual engagement with life. This conference will address the central topics of anthropology, ranging from traditional philosophical, theological, and ascetic threads but having a wider agenda in mind, namely to engage Orthodox thought with modern concerns over artificial intelligence, the internet/technology, and also social media. While engaging these themes we also aim to analyze ethical and political ramifications associated with the proposed themes thus offering avenues of enquiry to our orthodox fellows.

We believe that this conference topic will be of great interest to scholars, religious leaders, and social activists because of its enormous significance for the life of the world and the meaning of life that is faithful to authentic sources of Christian ethics and spirituality. 

The conference conveners plan to produce a scholarly volume of papers presented that will continue the approach characteristic of previous conferences.

Please email your submission to:

The Rev. Dr. Sergey Trostyanskiy