Pskov, 17-18 November 2017
Pskov State University
Ryazan State University
of Sergey Esenin
Theology of Saints Methodius and Cyril"
Saint Tikhon's Orthodox
International Society of
St. Gregory Palamas
Scientific-Practical Conference of St. Tikhon
asceticism: History and Modernity"
“ASCETICISM AS A
PRINCIPLE OF SPIRITUAL LIFE IN THE DOCTRINE OF ST. GREGORY PALAMAS”
Pskov, 17-18 November
Organizing Committee: Archimandrite Tikhon
(A.N. Secretarev), Prior of the Holy Dormition Pskov-Caves Monastery, Associate
Professor of Chair of Theology, Pskov State University (Russia); Dan Chitoiu,
Professor, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University (Romania); Constantinos
Athanasopoulos, Ph.D., Open University of Glasgow (United Kingdom); Oleg
Dushin, Professor, Saint Petersburg State University (Russia); Marina
Manoilova, Professor, Head of Chair of Theology, Pskov State University
Secretary of the
Organizing Committee: Konstantin Shmoraga, Lecturer, Pskov State University (Russia).
The following topics
will be discussed during the seminar:
1. Asceticism as a
principle of Christian morality.
2. Interpretation of
asceticism in the spiritual heritage of the Church Fathers.
3. The ascetic practice
as the foundation of the spiritual life of Monasticism.
4. The monastic
spiritual guidance and ascetic practice of obedience.
5. Physical and
spiritual measurement of asceticism in the tradition of Hesychasm.
6. Experience of silence
as an ascetic practice in the tradition of Hesychasm.
7. Asceticism as the
foundation of mystical practice in the doctrine of St. Gregory Palamas.
8. St. Gregory Palamas
as an ascetic person: his life and spiritual struggle.
9. Will and Reason in
the ascetic practices of the Middle Ages.
10. Ethical rules of
asceticism and the Modern culture.
11. Asceticism as a
principle of life of Russian monks-elders.
12. Understanding of
asceticism in the Russian spiritual culture.
13. The principles of
ascetic life in the characters of Russian literature (Dostoevsky, Leskov).
The Conference program
will include the visit to the Holy Dormition Pskov-Caves Monastery (at town
Pechory) with an overnight staying and excursion.
(including accommodation, meals in Pskov and trip to Pechory and back) for
foreign participants is 30 Euro (for the Russian participants - 500
rubles). Accommodation and meals at the Monastery is for a donation.
If you are interested to
participate in this project, please, send before July 1, 2017
abstracts (2-3 pages 4000-6000 characters) and brief information about your
scientific position (with a note "Conference 2017" in the field of
"Subject") on the e-mail address of Organizing Committee Secretary Konstantin
As a result of the workshop is
planning to publish a collection of articles.