The Association for the Study of Eastern Christian History and Culture (ASEC, Inc.) will hold its fifth biennial conference at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, on March 8-9, 2013.

The theme of the conference is “Antecedents and Subsequents of Iosif Volotsky: Exploring Eastern Christian Concerns” (2015 marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Iosif Volotsky, founder of the Iosif-Volokolamsk Monastery), yet it is designed to “embrace topics from any period, and all regions related to Eastern Christian groups…. The topic is broadly conceived to address the interests and concerns of Iosif, a monastic reformer, whose life and work influenced the religious culture of Muscovy as well as modern scholarship of his period. Iosif’s interests encompassed the multi-faceted issues of religious and spiritual life and ranged from monastic reform to patristics, liturgics, education, administration, spirituality, heresy, and secular Christian life, among others.”

Registration is $50 ($25 for graduate students) and participants must be members of ASEC by the time of the conference.

To become a member of ASEC, please contact ASEC treasurer, Lucien Frary (

Source: “Call for Papers” issued by the ASEC.