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April 26 to 28, 2017
Call for Papers - Anaphora in Syriac Rites

Organizers of the conference

The Institute of Liturgy and the Department of Syriac and Antiochian Sciences at the Faculty of Religious and Oriental Sciences, at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) are organizing the conference.

Argument

The rites of Syriac churches include a multitude of anaphora, some of which are common to a variety of churches, whereas others are characteristic of specific churches. Manuscripts abound in such anaphora; however, only a few of them are included in the books printed in recent times. These anaphora were written in Syriac and translated in Arabic and in the languages of the countries that host the Syriac people. Originally composed of lengthy texts, they were abridged in the current rites. What mechanism underlies the choice of anaphora currently in use? What methodology was adopted to translate them? According to which principles were they abridged?

Based on the interest in the liturgical and Syriac heritage of Oriental churches through academic studies and research pertaining to theology, liturgy and history, the Institute of Liturgy and the Department of Syriac and Antiochian Sciences at the Faculty of Religious and Oriental Sciences of the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) are pleased to invite you to take part in the international conference titled “Anaphora in Syriac rites”. The aim of the conference is to highlight and examine this rich heritage on the one hand and, on the other hand, to preserve liturgical identity.

Objectives of the conference

Based on its educational, academic and research responsibilities, and on its objectives regarding the researching, teaching, conservation and making heritage widely known, the Faculty of Religious and Oriental Sciences, in keeping with USEK’s objectives, aims to highlight the use of anaphora in Syriac rites. Special emphasis will be put on the nature anaphora, in addition to their history, their number, their authors, the evolution of their use in all Syriac rites, their past and present role in various rites and their making widely known for the benefit of future generations.

Axes of the conference

1st axis: Anaphora in Syriac rites – past and present
  • Anaphora of the Syriac Maronite Church
  • Anaphora of the Syriac Orthodox Church
  • Anaphora of the Syriac Catholic Church
  • Anaphora of the Chaldean Church
  • Anaphora of the Assyrian Church
  • Anaphora of the Syro-Malabar Church
  • Anaphora of the Syro-Malankara Church

2nd axis: History of anaphora of the Syriac rites
  • Anaphora of the Syriac rites: history and authors
  • Evolution of the use of anaphora of the Syriac rites
  • Abridgment of anaphora of the Syriac rites
  • The anaphora common to various Syriac churches
  • The anaphora characteristic of individual Syriac churches

3rd axis: Theology of Syriac anaphora
  • What is the theology of Syriac anaphora?
  • How does the theology of Syriac anaphora relate to their history and to the history of theological doctrines?
  • Pastoral and liturgical theology through Syriac anaphora

4th axis: Translations of Syriac anaphora
  • History of the various translations of Syriac anaphora into Arabic
  • The various translations of Syriac anaphora into the languages of the countries that host the Syriac people
  • Is there a return to Syriac roots following the translation process?

Instructions for the paper proposal

All participants wishing to take part in the conference should submit an abstract of their subject in keeping with the four axes of the conference, complete the application form, and send them, along with their CV, to the Secretariat of the conference before Monday, January 30, 2017. The Secretariat of the conference will inform the authors whether or not their papers have been selected by mid-February 2017. The authors of the papers selected will have to submit their complete texts before April 15, 2017.

The organizers of the conference will cover the travel costs of researchers whose papers are accepted, which include airfare, accommodation and transportation for the duration of the conference.

Papers should abide by the following style guide:
- Papers are to be submitted in Arabic, French or English, and the author will undertake, in writing, that the subject tackled has not been addressed before.
- Font: Simplified Arabic 14 for Arabic texts and Times New Roman 12 for Latin texts; Simplified Arabic 10 for Arabic footnotes and Times New Roman 10 for Latin footnotes; Simplified Arabic 12 for Arabic bibliography and annexes and Times New Roman 12 for Latin bibliography and annexes;
- Length of the paper: 20,000 to 25,000 characters (spaces, footnotes and bibliography included);
- The style guide used for the bibliography is as follows:
+ Books: author’s full name (surname, name), title (in italics), volume (if the book is composed of several volumes), publisher, location, edition, year, page;
+ Magazines and periodicals: author’s full name, title of the article or paper (in bold), title of the magazine or periodical, date, volume, number, page;
+ Article published within a book (conference proceedings): author’s full name, title of the article (underlined), title of the work (in italics), volume (if the book is composed of several volumes), publisher, location, edition, year, page;
- Notes should be mentioned as footnotes;
- Bibliography should be displayed at the end of the text;
- Foreign proper names: foreign proper names mentioned in Arabic papers should be written in Arabic followed by their transliteration in Latin characters;
- Justified text to the left and right and subtitles in bold;
- Quotes in italics.

Papers should be sent as Word or PDF documents to the Secretariat of the conference.
- Deadline for submitting papers is April 15, 2017.
- Late submissions will be rejected for consideration.
- Time allotted for each presentation is 20 minutes.


Scientific committee

Abbot Youhanna Tabet
Abbot Elias Khalifé
Rev. Fr. Augustin Mehanna
Rev. Fr. Abdo Badwi
Rev. Fr. Ziad Sacre
Rev. Fr. Youssef Tannous

Secretariat of the conference
Sister Marcelle Hadaya marcellehadaya@usek.edu.lb / +961 9 600526
Ms. Lana Kamel lanakamel@usek.edu.lb +961 9 600724

Postal address
Faculty of Religious and Oriental Sciences, Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, P.O Box 446, Jounieh - Lebanon
Holy Spirit University of Kaslik
Tel.: (+961) 9 600 000
Fax : (+961) 9 600 100
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