The tenth annual conference “Survival of Early Christian Traditions”

The tenth annual conference of the Asia-Pacific Early Christian Studies Society (APECSS) to be held at St Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation (SUAI), St Petersburg, Russia, from Friday morning, 9 September to Sunday afternoon, 11 September, 2016.

The Society welcomes all proposals that explore any theme relevant to the early Christian world from the New Testament to the end of Late Antiquity, and especially those that focus on this year’s theme: Survival of Early Christian Traditions.

Organizing Committee
  • Yulia Antokhina, Rector of Saint Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation, Russia (co-chair)
  • Kazuhiko Demura, Okayama University, Okayama, Japan (co-chair)
  • Konstantin Losev, Vice-Rector of Saint Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation, Russia
  • Geoff Dunn, Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, Australia
  • Pauline Allen Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, Australia
  • Naoki Kamimura, Tokyo Gakugei University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Basil Lourie, Saint Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation, Russia
  • Polina Eismont, Saint Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation, Russia
  • Olga (Xenia) Mitrenina, Saint Petersburg State University, Russia


Research and Education Center for Religion, Philosophy and Culture Studies,
67 Bolshaya Morskaia St.,  St Petersburg, 190000, Russia. 9-11 September, 2016



FRIDAY, 9 September


09.00 – 9.30    Registration (room 53-01)


9.30 – 10.00    Welcome and Announcements (room 53-03)


10.00 – 11.30  Parallel Session 1


            1A Pauline and Deutero-Pauline Interpretation (room 53-03)

Chair: Satoshi TODA


10.00 – 10.30 BRATKIN, Dimitri A. (St Petersburg State University, St Petersburg, Russia) – The Circumcision of Timothy as a Dating Anachronism in Acts 16:3

10.30 – 11.00 DUPONT, Anthony (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium) – The Venerable Bede’s Creative Use of Augustine in Commenting on Ephesians 3:17-18 (Collectio ex opusculis sancti Augustini in epistulas Pauli apostoli fr. 315)

11.00 – 11.30


1B Trinitarian and Christological Theology (room B)

Chair: Bronwen NEIL


10.00 – 10.30 BIRIUKOV, Dmitry (State University for Aerospace Instrumentation, St Petersburg, Russia) – Physical Paradigms in the Christological Controversies

10.30 – 11.00 BENEVICH, Grigory (Russian Christian Academy for the Humanities, St Petersburg, Russia) – Maximus Confessor’s Interpretation of Abraham’s Hospitality in Genesis 18 in Comparison with Previous Orthodox Tradition

11.00 – 11.30 TONE, Hiroshi (Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan) – On the Function of the Term Adoptus Applied to Jesus Christ in the Arian Controversy Especially from Materials about the Nine-Century Adoptionist Controversy in Spain


11.30 – 12.00  Break (room 53-01)


12.00 – 13.00  Parallel Session 2


2A Ethiopia (room B)

Chair: Anthony DUPONT


12.00 – 12.30 FRANTSOUZOFF, Serge A. (St Petersburg State University, St Petersburg, Russia) – Concept of Genetic Transmission of the ‘Essence of Salvation’ in the Ethiopian Church and its Reminiscence in Islam

12.30 – 13.00 GUSAROVA, Ekaterina V. (National Library of Russia, St Petersburg, Russia) – Veneration of the Sabbath in Medieval Ethiopia: Veterotestamental Commandment in the Doctrine of a Christian Church


2B Art and Architecture (room 53-03)

Chair: Chris HANLON


12.00 – 12.30 DOBRINSKI, Claudia (Universität Paderborn, Paderborn, Germany) – In more romano: The Ottonian West Transept – An Architectural and Liturgical Excerpt

12.30 – 13.00 BARANOV, Vladimir (Novosibirsk State University of Architecture, Design, and Fine Arts, Novosibirsk, Russia) – Visual and Ideological Context of the Chalke Inscription at the Entrance to the Great Palace of Constantinople


13.00 – 14.30  Lunch


14.30 – 15.00  Parallel Session 3


            3A Augustine (room 53-03)

Chair: Nozomu YAMADA


14.30 – 15.00 DEMURA, Kazuhiko (Okayama University, Okayama, Japan) – The Survival of Philosophia in the Latin West: The Case of Augustine of Hippo

15.00 – 15.30 SATO, Makiko (Toyama University, Toyama, Japan) – Almsgiving to Oneself: An Examination of Augustine’s Interpretation of the Order of Love

15.30 – 16.00 SUH, Wonmo (Presbyterian University and Theological College, Seoul, South Korea) – The Role of Rational Beings in Creation in Augustine’s Commentaries on Genesis


3B Martyrdom and Eschatology (room B)

Chair: Sergey IVANOV


14.30 – 15.00 BUGÁR, István M. (University of Debrecen, Debrecen, Hungary) – Hippolytus Recast and a Late Antique Dies irae

15.00 – 15.30 HANLON, Christopher (Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, Australia) – Agatha: A Good Woman

15.30 – 16.00 NANAE, Sakata (University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan) – Dialogue with Ancient Wisdom: The Case of Suger of Saint-Denis


16.00 – 16.30  Break (room 53-01)


16.30 – 18.00  Plenary Session 1 (room 53-03)

Chair: Basil LOURIÉ


IVANOV, Sergey (National Research University, Moscow, Russia) – The Survival of Extravagant Saintliness in the Mid-Byzantine Period


18.00 – 19.00 Reception (room 53-01)


19.00 –            Dinner (own arrangements)



SATURDAY, 10 September


09.30 – 10.30  Parallel Session 4


4A Interpretative Tools (room 53-03)

Chair: Vladimir BARANOV


09.30 – 10.00 TODA, Satoshi (Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan) – The Eusebian Canons: A Neglected Tool for the Interpretation of the Gospels

10.00 – 10.30 NEIL, Bronwen (Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, Australia) – Dreams and Contemplation in Origen’s Contra Celsum


4B Gregory of Nazianzus (room B)



09.30 – 10.00 DAUNTON-FEAR, Andrew (Bristol, United Kingdom) – Can We Hear the Spoken Words of Gregory of Nazianzus?

10.00 – 10.30 KOSAKA, Shunsuke (Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan) – Between Critic and Eulogy: Comparing the Historiography of Ammianus and the Invective of Gregory on the Emperor Julian


4C Manichaeism (room C)

Chair: Naoki KAMIMURA

09.30 – 10.00 MOISSEEVA, Evgenïa (University of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France) – The Book of Genesis as a Hidden Source of Manichaeism

10.00 – 10.30 TAKAHASHI, Hidemi (University of Tokyo) – From Lydda to Xiapu: The Chinese Manichaean Prayer of Saint George (Zisizhou)


10.30 – 11.00  Break (room 53-01)


11.00 – 12.30  Parallel Session 5


            5A Augustine on Donatism and Pelagianism (room 53-03)

Chair: Kazuhiko DEMURA


11.00 – 11.30 DUNN, Geoffrey D. (Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, Australia) – Discipline and Correction: Augustine on the Violence of the Donatists in Epistula 185

11.30 – 12.00 GRABAU, Joseph (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium) – Retrieving Fourth-Century Donatist Pastoral Theology Based on Fifth-Century Homilies on John Including Augustine’s Tractates

12.00 – 12.30 YAMADA, Nozomu (Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan) – ‘Rhetorical’ Controversy between Augustine and Julian of Eclanum: Real Intentions and Social Backgrounds of Both Polemicists


5B Eastern Asceticism and Apocalypticism I (room B)

Chair: Chris DE WET


11.00 – 11.30 AVDOKHIN, Arkadiy (King’s College, London, United Kingdom) – Athanasios, Demons, and Psalms (Again): Scriptural Lines as an Apotropaic Technique in Vita Antonii

11.30 – 12.00 HAKAMADA, Rei (Tokyo University, Tokyo, Japan) – The Development of the Notion of Intellect (Nous) in Byzantine Asceticism

12.00 – 12.30 KONSTANTINOVSKY, Julia (Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom) – Evagrius Ponticus on Divine Ascent


12.30 – 14.00  Lunch


14.00 – 15.00  Parallel Session 6


6A Liturgy and Preaching I (room 53-03)

Chair: Alexey SOMOV


14.00 – 14.30 CRAIG, Barry M. (Diocese of Cairns, Cairns, Australia) – Handling the Bread: Eucharistic Interpretations of Feeding the Multitudes

14.30 – 15.00 LOURIÉ, Basil (Scrinium, St Petersburg, Russia) – Inscription on the Chalice of Solomon: A Liturgical Text of Second Temple Judaism


6B Eastern Asceticism and Apocalypticism II (room B)

Chair: Arkadiy AVDOKHIN


14.00 – 14.30 DE WET, Chris (University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa) – The Captive Monk: Slavery and Tradition in Syrian Christian Asceticism

14.30 – 15.00 STRICKLER, Ryan (Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, Australia) – Who are the Sons of Ishmael? Byzantine Portrayals of Muslims in Seventh-Century Literature


6C General (room C)

Chair: Dmitry BIRIUKOV


14.00 – 14.30 LA MATINA, Marcello (Università degli Studi di Macerata, Macerata, Italy) – Did Europe Lose its Identity in Translation?

14.30 – 15.00  KAMIMURA, Naoki (Tokyo Gakugei University, Tokyo, Japan) – The Provisional Reception of Patristic Authors in Sixteenth-Century Japan


15.00 – 15.30  Break (room 53-01)


15.30 – 16.30  Parallel Session 7


7A Irenaeus of Lyon (room 53-03)

Chair: Geoffrey D. DUNN


15.30 – 16.00 ARTEMI, Eirini (Hellenic Open University, Athens, Greece) – The Heretic Gnostic and the Real ‘Gnostic’ in Christ According to the Teaching of Irenaeus of Lyon

16.00 – 16.30  OHTANI, Satoshi (Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan) – The Persecution at Lyon and the Martyrdom of Irenaeus in the Eyes of Gregory of Tours


7B Pseudepigrapha and Hagiography (room B)

Chair: Wonmo SUH


15.30 – 16.00 MIROSHNIKOV, Ivan (University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland) – Why Do Women Not Deserve to Live? Protology and Misogyny in Gos. Thom. 114

16.00 – 16.30 Koos KRITZINGER (University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa) – Three Love Stories, Three Caves, Three Suicides: Aeneas and Dido, Pyramus and Thisbe, Malchus and his ‘Wife’


7C Liturgy and Preaching II (room C)

Chair: Basil LOURIÉ


15.30 – 16.00 SOMOV, Alexey (Institute for Bible Translation, Moscow, Russia) – Dove in the Story of Jesus’ Baptism

16.00 – 16.30 CHEPEL, Elena (University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom) – Eucharist in Papyrus Amulets


19.00 – Conference Dinner (4, Masterskaya Street. This is 5 minutes from Premiera hotel. Knock at a glass door at the middle of the building or call Xenia at +7 921 745-0151)

SUNDAY, 11 September


10.30 – 15.00 Cultural Excursion including lunch (State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg)



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