Deadline for submission of presentation topics is 31 January 2013.

The International conference Biblia Slavorum Apocryphorum III: Varia will be held October 3-5, 2013 at the University of Łódź Training and Conference Centre (Centrum Szkoleniowo-Konferencyjne Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego), Rogowska 26, 91-529 Łódź, Poland. This is the third in a series of conferences on Slavic apocrypha (see below for citations of published conference proceedings).

Proposed topic areas:

“The international conference Biblia Slavorum Apocryphorum. III. Varia will … be an opportunity to advance the discussion of the problems of pseudo-canonical Old, New and Inter-Testamental literature. At the same time, we hope to broaden the topic area of the two previous meetings to include the following issues:

  • pseudo-canonical Christian literature not directly connected with the Old and New Testament sacral history;
  • the relics of pagan cults in pseudo-canonical literature;
  • heretical literature (Manichaean, Paulician, Bogomil, Cathar etc.) and anti-heretical literature (treatises, council decisions etc.);
  • cultural communities, interreligious and interdenominational relations in the Mediterranean Area and South-East Europe.

In view of the breadth of the topics covered, the discussion is to be organized around the following points:

  • pseudo-canonical literature: current state of research, available text editions, catalogues, thesauri; textual criticism (the original vs. translations, revisions, variants); the language of pseudo-canonical texts, the relations between originals and translations; Biblical text vs. pseudo-canonical text; issues in poetics (narration, composition etc.); the theology of pseudo-canonical texts;
  • the relation between literary texts and folklore texts (legends, songs, rituals); mythology vs. literature vs. folklore; folk Christianity and pseudo-canonical literature;
  • the relation between Old and New Testament pseudo-canonical texts and commentaries on post-biblical events;
  • the relation between pseudo-canonical and heretical texts; anti-heretical literature as a source of information about alternative religious movements in the Middle Ages;
  • iconography depicting broadly understood pseudo-canonical works.”

Deadline for submission of presentation topics is 31 January 2013. Please send via email to or, with a note ‘conference – apocrypha.’

  • Confirmation of participation and abstract (in Polish, English or Russian, up to 1000 characters) to be submitted by 30 April 2013.
  • The conference languages are: Polish, English, Russian.
  • Presentation time is limited to 20 minutes.
  • The 250 PLN / 70 EUR conference fee (100 PLN for graduate students and other pre-Ph.D. level participants) is to be paid upon arrival at the conference. The fee is meant to cover part of the costs of the conference materials, the publication of the proceedings as well as a cocktail party.

The papers presented at the conference will be published (upon favorable review) in the subsequent volume of the yearly Studia Ceranea.

For more information see “Invitation” link at the bottom of the page

Fundamenta Europaea 6-7, special issue (Gniezno 2007)
Południowosłowiańskie Zeszyty Naukowe 4 (Łódź 2007)
Biblia Slavorum Apocryphorum. Novum Testamentum (Łódź 2009)