CONF: Episcopal Elections in Late Antiquity

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The Faculty of Theology at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven is pleased to
announce an international conference on ‘Episcopal Elections in Late
Antiquity’, 26-28 October 2009. The conference programme will include
fourteen keynote lectures and eleven short paper sessions. Registration,
travel and accommodation information is available on the conference website,
and further information can be requested from the conference secretary.

Scientific Committee
Pauline Allen (ACU Brisbane), Jean-Marie Auwers (Louvain-la-neuve),
Boudewijn Dehandschutter (Leuven), David Engels (Bruxelles), Hans Hauben
(Leuven), Mathijs Lamberigts (Leuven), Johan Leemans (Leuven), Hartmut
Leppin (Frankfurt), Peter Van Nuffelen (Exeter), Andrea Schmidt
(Louvain-la-neuve), Stefan Schorn (Leuven), Ewa Wipszycka (Warsaw)

Organising Committee
Boudewijn Dehandschutter (Leuven), Shawn Keough (Leuven), Johan Leemans
(Leuven), Carla Nicolaye (Leuven-Aachen), Peter Van Nuffelen (Exeter)

Secretary: shawn.keough AT

It is well known that episcopal elections in the later Roman Empire were
often a complicated and complicating event, as the controversy (and even
violence) attendant upon the elections and successions of many bishops
indicates. This conference will approach the phenomenon of episcopal
elections and succession from the broadest possible perspective, examining
the varied combination of factors, personalities, rules and habits that
played a role in the process that eventually resulted in one specific
candidate becoming the new bishop, and not another. The many diverse and
even conflicting aspects of this phenomenon will be addressed: the influence
of doctrinal conflicts, the relationship between Church and State,
patronage, local habits and regional differences, chronological
developments, ethnic identity. Also relevant is the development of images of
the ideal bishop, especially the manner in which such idealized
representations shaped the outcome of contested elections and affected the
character and exercise of episcopal authority in late antique society.

All those interested in conference registration and other information are
encouraged to contact the conference secretary, Dr. Shawn Keough
shawn.keough AT

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