Dr. Scott Kenworthy organizes Eastern Christianity conference at Miami

Orthodox icon of a bearded saintOn March 9-11, 2017, members of the Association for the Study of Eastern Christian History and Culture (ASEC) will gather to Miami University for the organization's biennial conference. This year's conference is being organized by Dr. Scott Kenworthy, associate professor in Miami's Department of Comparative Religion, who is serving a three-year stint as ASEC's president. Dr. Kenworthy specializes in the study of religion in Russia.

The theme of the 2017 ASEC conference is "Eastern Christianity, Reformations, and Revolutions." That theme was chosen in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. Held at the Havighurst Center, the conference will include panels on

  • Medieval Syriac and Egyptian Christianity
  • Reform and Reformation in Russia, Ukraine, and Romania
  • Christianity in Russia’s multinational periphery
  • Eastern Christianity and the 1917 Revolution
  • Pilgrimage and saints’ cults
  • Orthodoxy in education, publishing, and film
  • Orthodoxy in contemporary Russian media and culture
  • Kierkegaard and Eastern Christianity
  • Orthodoxy in Western Europe and the USA

On the afternoon of Friday, Mar. 10, the conference's keynote address will be delivered by Vera Shevzov, professor of religion at Smith College and author of the award-winning Russian Orthodoxy on the Eve of Revolution (Oxford UP, 2004).

Those interested in attending the conference should register at ASEC's website. Although there would normally be a registration fee, ASEC is waiving the fee for Miami University faculty, staff, and students with current college identification.