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21st St. Shenouda-UCLA Conference of Coptic Studies August 28-29, 2020

Coptic Society

21st St. Shenouda-UCLA Conference of Coptic Studies, August 28-29, 2020 (Online)

Click here for online registration. Registration fee is free, but limited to 100 attendees. You will get email notification within a week of the convening of the conference. If you would like to make a contribution to the activities of the Society, click here.

Friday, August 28, 2020 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday, August 29, 2020 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Conference is online via zoom conferencing software. The conference link will be emailed to the conference registrants at least a week in advance of the conference date.

Tentative list

+ Dr. Elizabeth (Lisa) Agaiby (St. Athanasius College, University of Divinity, Melbourne Australia)

+ Prof. Salim Faraji (California State University, San Marcos, CA)

+ Ms. Mary Ghattas (Claremont Graduate University, CA)

+ Dr. Daniel Girgis (St. Vladimir Seminary, NY)

+ Fr. Daniel Habib (Fordham University, NY)

+ Prof. Lillian Larsen (Redlands University, CA)

+ Dr. Candace Lukasik (Washington University in St. Louis, MO)

+ Dr. Ramez Mikhail (University of Regensburg, Germany)

+ Dr. S. Michael Saad (Claremont Graduate University/St. Shenouda the Archimandrite Coptic Society, CA)

+ Mr. Botros Karam Sadek (Claremont Graduate University/St. Shenouda the Archimandrite Coptic Society, CA)

+ Prof. Mark Swanson ( Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, IL)

+ Mr. Hany N. Takla (St. Shenouda the Archimandrite Coptic Society/ACTS, CA)

+ Dr. Michael Wingert (Agora University)

+ Prof. Tim Vivian (State University of California, Bakersfield, CA

+ Dr. Youhanna M. Youssef (Catholic University, Melbourn Australia)

 

Presenter: Dr. Elizabeth (Lisa) Agaiby (St. Athanasius College, University of Divinity, Melbourne Australia)

Title: TBA

Abstract

Forthcoming

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Presenter: Prof. Salim Faraji (California State University, San Marcos, CA)

Title: Athanasius and Ancient Egyptian Metaphysics: Forging Christology, Creed and Canon

Abstract

At first glance it is expected to find the source of Athanasian theology in Greek philosophy, but indeed he was an Egyptian who lived among the indigenous Egyptian monks of Upper Egypt.  Athanasius emerged as a Christian theologian and bishop in an Egyptian tradition that had been shaped by Plotinian metaphysics—a philosophy that proposed a metaphysical unity called the One that manifested itself as three hypostases, the One, the Mind and the Soul.  Athanasius not only framed the homousia doctrine of the Nicene Creed, but he also authored perhaps the most important theological treatise concerning Christology, On the Incarnation.  His emphasis on ontological unity in the Godhead and the incarnation of divinity in humanity are doctrines that are particularly resonant with the premise of ancient Egyptian metaphysics as expounded in the neo-Egyptian philosophy of Plotinus and the more classical forms as explicated in ancient Egyptian cosmology and temple cult.  This paper argues that it is ancient Egyptian Heliopolitan metaphysics that is the basis for Athanasius’ theology of incarnation and Plotinus’ metaphysics of the One.

+ Ms. Mary Ghattas (Claremont Graduate University, CA)

+ Dr. Daniel Girgis (St. Vladimir Seminary, NY)

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Presenter: Fr. Daniel Habib (Fordham University, NY)

Title: Religious Education in the Coptic Orthodox Church through the Homily

Abstract

Forthcoming

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Presenter: Prof. Lillian Larsen (Redlands University, CA)

Title: Biblical quotations in School Texts (Tentative)

Abstract

Forthcoming

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Presenter: Dr. Candace Lukasik (Washington University in St. Louis, MO)

Title: Modern-Day Martyrs: Coptic Blood and American Christian Kinship

Abstract

Forthcoming

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+ Dr. Ramez Mikhail (University of Regensburg, Germany)

+ Dr. S. Michael Saad (Claremont Graduate University/St. Shenouda the Archimandrite Coptic Society, CA)

+ Mr. Botros Karam Sadek (Claremont Graduate University/St. Shenouda the Archimandrite Coptic Society, CA)

+ Prof. Mark Swanson ( Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, IL)

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Presenter: Mr. Hany N. Takla (St. Shenouda the Archimandrite Coptic Society/ACTS, CA)

Title: "The Brothers of the Lord" in the Coptic Literary Tradition

Abstract

Forthcoming

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Presenter: Dr. Michael Wingert (Agora University)

Title: The Syriac Version of the Vita of St. Shenouda

Abstract

Forthcoming

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Presenter: Prof. Tim Vivian (State University of California, Bakersfield, CA)

Title: The Origins of Monasticism: Egypt

Abstract

Scholars have published numerous articles and chapters on the origins of monasticism. The presentation here is a shortened version of the forthcoming article “The Origins of Monasticism” that will appear in The T&T Clark Handbook to the Early Church (2021). It will cover (1) “Village Ascetics—the Apotactites,” (2) “Virgins of God—Early Female Monastics,” (3) “Anchorites, Semi-anchorites, and Cenobites,” focusing especially on Antony, Pachomius, and Shenoute.

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Presenter: Dr. Youhanna M. Youssef (Catholic University, Melbourn Australia)

Title: The Consecration of the Church of John the Baptist in Duwinah

Abstract

The paper will start with a survey of the available manuscripts of this event. Then I will present an overview the historians' statement regarding the event. I will analyse some aspects of this text as well as the biblical citations included in it. Finally, I will present some extracts of the texts and the concluding comments. The entire text will be included at the time of publication.

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