Friday, March 13, 2009

2nd Annual Coptic Studies Symposium, Coptic Heritage : History and Creativity, Toronto (Canada), 21 March 2009

Co-sponsored by the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, St Mark's Coptic Museum, Scarborough, and the University of Toronto Art Centre. 
Saturday, March 21, 2009
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
University College Auditorium - Room 140
15 King's College Circle, Toronto, ON M5S 3H7
Pre-register by email to (Dr. Ramez Boutros, Symposium Organizer, Lecturer NMC Department, and member of PIMS, or register in person at the symposium). $15 ; $10 for students (I.D. required). Source

Prof. Linda Northrup (Chair, Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilisations - NMC -University of Toronto). Opening remarks

Fr. Marcos A. Marcos (Protopriest, St Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church, Scarborough, Ontario)
Envisioning St Mark's Coptic Museum in the Coptic Canadian Village, Markham

First Session : Early Church Sources
Chair : Prof. James M. Robinson (Prof. Emeritus of Religion, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California)
Dr. Anne Moore (Senior Instructor, Department of Religious Studies, University of Calgary)
Locating the Kingdom of God within the Writings of Clement of Alexandria and Origen
Prof. Pablo Argarate (Associate Prof. of Patristics / Historical Theology Director of the Eastern Christian Studies Program, Faculty of Theology University of St Michael's College)
Fourth-Century Pneumatological Controversy in Alexandria : Athanasius's Epistulae ad Serapionem

Second Session : Coptic Collections 
Chair : Prof. Sheila Campbell (Emeritus Fellow, Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies (PIMS), University of Toronto). 
Fr. Bigoul al-Suriani (Librarian of the Monastery of Deir el-Surian, Egypt)
Collection of Manuscripts of the Library of Deir el-Surian
Heather Pigat (Collections Manager, University of Toronto Art Centre)
Coptic Art and Artefacts in Canadian Collections

Third Session : Historic Sites
Chair : Prof. Amir Harrak (Prof. of Aramaic and Syriac languages, NMC, University of Toronto)
Prof. Jitse H.F. Dijkstra (Assistant Prof. and Head of Classics, Department of Classics and Religious Studies, University of Ottawa)
New Evidence about the fall of Bishop Macedonius of Constantinople (511 CE) from a Coptic Ostrakon
Dr. Ramez Boutros (Instructor, NMC - Research Fellow PIMS, University of Toronto)
Recent Excavations in the Monastery of Bawit : Outcome and Perspectives

Fourth Session : Coptic Art and Liturgy
Chair : Prof. Pablo Argarate. 
Prof. Amir Harrak
A Syriac Inscription in the Church of St Menas, Fum El Khalig, Cairo
Dr. Helene Moussa (Volunteer Curator, St Mark's Coptic Museum, Scarborough)
The Synergy of Coptic Spirituality and Liturgy - 13th Century Wall Paintings, St Anthony's Old Church, Monastery of St Anthony's, Red Sea

Closing Session
Dr. Helene Moussa et Dr. Ramez Boutros.
The Canadian Society for Coptic Studies