From Alexandria to Nyssa: Clement and Gregory in Conversation

New announcement of colloquium and call for papers

At the 2018 Colloquium on Gregory of Nyssa, in Paris, Judith Kovacs agreed to organize a conference on the relationship between Gregory of Nyssa and Clement of Alexandria. As some of you may already know, Judith passed away on December 28, 2020. The conference will be devoted to her memory. Mark Edwards has agreed to take her place in the organizing committee. So we inform you that the conference “From Alexandria to Nyssa: Clement and Gregory in Conversation” is confirmed. It will be held at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome on October 28-30, 2021, both in presence and online for those who will not be able to attend because of the pandemic.

The Colloquium is to be hosted by Ilaria Vigorelli, Mark Edwards and Giulio Maspero. As Judith desired, colloquium languages are: Italian, English, French, German.

The new deadline for submitting proposals of communication is June, 30 (they will be evaluated as soon as they are received).


While Gregory of Nyssa’s relation to Origen has been subject to much discussion, there has been little attention to the direct or indirect influence of Clement of Alexandria. This colloquium aims to explore the extent to which it is legitimate to speak of an “Alexandrian tradition” that links these two Fathers. Some questions we would like to consider together are: Is it possible to find in Gregory a way of doing theology that originates with Clement? Is Origen’s legacy a necessary mediation? What are the similarities and differences in these Fathers’ appropriation of the Biblical tradition?


Proposals are invited for communications of 15 minutes (+5 minutes for discussion) on one or both of these patristic authors, along with an abstract of up to 250 words and a brief CV, to the following address:

Also welcome are attendees who do not wish to offer a paper; please register through the same email address.

Conference fee: 50 Euros.

Speakers will include

  • Francisco Bastitta Harriet, University of Buenos Aires
  • John Behr, University of Aberdeen
  • Miguel Brugarolas, University of Navarre, Pamplona
  • Veronika Černušková*, Palacký University, Olomouc
  • Mark Edwards*, Christ Church, Oxford
  • Miklos Gyurkovics*, St. Athanasius Greek Catholic Theological Institute, Nyíregyháza
  • Matyáš Havrda, Charles University, Prague
  • Lenka Karfikova, Charles University, Prague
  • Giulio Maspero*, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome
  • Claudio Moreschini, University of Pisa
  • Jana Plátová*, Palacký University, Olomouc
  • Ilaria Ramelli, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, and SHMS, Detroit
  • Laura Rizzerio*, University of Namur
  • Marco Rizzi, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan
  • Ilaria Vigorelli*, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome
  • Françoise Vinel, Faculty of Catholic Theology, Strasbourg
  • Dietmar Wyrwa, Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences
  • Johannes Zachhuber, Trinity College, Oxford

(* indicates members of the organizing committee)

Programme to be announced