Contemplation and Philosophy Conference


Location: McKenna Hall (Notre Dame Conference Center)

Contemplation and Philosophy: Scholastic and Mystical Modes of Medieval Philosophical Thought  (27-29 July 2014)

A Conference in Honor of Kent Emery, Jr., on the Occasion of His 70th Birthday

A conference honoring Prof. Kent Emery, Jr. (University of Notre Dame), begins today, and brings to campus some of the world’s most renowned scholars of medieval philosophy. Organized by Profs. Roberto Hofmeister Pich (PUCRS, Porto Alegre, Brazil), Alfredo Santiago Culleton (UNISINOS, São Leopoldo, Brazil), and the late Director of the Medieval Institute Olivia Remie Constable, the event celebrates the career and work of an eminent scholar by offering a series of papers by his colleagues, students, and friends.

A followup “Festschrift” volume, edited by Profs. Culleton, Pich, and Andreas Speer (Thomas-Institute der Universität zu Köln), will contain 32 essays from conference participants and additional contributors. 

The conference opens on Sunday, July 27, with a dinner/reception for speakers and invited guests. Conference sessions begin at 8:45 a.m. on Monday, July 28, at the Notre Dame Conference Center (McKenna Hall).

Online registration for the conference is available on the Morris Inn/ND Conference Center website. General registration is $50 and includes a buffet lunch on Monday and Tuesday, session break refreshments, and a reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages on Monday evening. (Notre Dame faculty and students are admitted free of charge but are asked to register nonetheless.)

Hotel registration details are on line. (Rooms at the Morris Inn, on campus and directly across from the Conference Center, are available at $139 plus tax per night, until June 24. A number of other local hotels and motels are within a short drive of campus.)

Please consult the full program for a list of sessions and paper topics.

Questions about the conference may be addressed to the organizers Roberto Pich and Alfredo Culleton or to the local arrangements coordinator Roberta Baranowski.

The invited speakers include:

Stephen F. Brown, Boston College, USA

William J. Courtenay, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Alfredo Santiago Culleton, Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos, São Leopoldo – RS, Brasil

Silvia Donati, Albertus-Magnus-Institut, Bonn, Deutschland

Stephen D. Dumont, University of Notre Dame, USA

Bernd Goehring, University of Notre Dame, USA

Jacqueline Hamesse, Université Catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve), Belgique

Maarten J.F.M. Hoenen, Universität Basel, Schweiz

Stephen M. Metzger, University of Notre Dame, USA

Roberto Hofmeister Pich, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre – RS, Brasil

Pasquale Porro, Université Paris IV – Sorbonne, France

Christopher D. Schabel, University of Cyprus (Nicosia)

Daniel J. Sheerin, University of Notre Dame, USA

Garrett R. Smith, University of Notre Dame, USA

Andreas Speer, Thomas-Institut der Universität zu Köln, Deutschland

Carlos Steel, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, België

Loris Sturlese, Università del Salento, Lecce, Italia

Christian Trottmann, CNRS, CESR, Université François Rabelais de Tours, France

Gordon A. Wilson, University of North Carolina at Asheville, USA