Hesychasm in Context: Theology and Society in the Fourteenth Century

Co-organised by The Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and the Maison Française d’Oxford



The event is in-person but will also be live-streamed. Registration to participate online is via the following link:


NB To register for the in-person event including lunch, please email Rei Hakamada (rei.hakamada@theology.ox.ac.uk) as soon as possible, since numbers are limited.



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Thursday 17th March
Lecture Room, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies

9.00 Welcome
9.15 Rei Hakamada (Okayama University, Japan / Oxford): Lay Hesychasts? Isidore and Palamas among Lay People
10.00 Mihail Mitrea (Babeș Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca / Institute for South-East European Studies, Bucharest): Hesychasm and Hagiography in Fourteenth-century Byzantium [online]

10.45 Coffee

11.15 Ralph Greis (St Joseph’s Benedictine Abbey, Gerleve): The Connection Between Liturgical Theology and Hesychastic Spirituality in the Homilies of St. Gregory Palamas
12.00 Christiaan Kappes (Ss Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary): Gregory Palamas’s Theotokos in Light of Latin Contacts and his Reception of Latin Literature in Byzantium

12.45 Lunch

13.45 Marie-Hélène Blanchet (CNRS, UMR 8167 Orient et Méditerranée, Paris): John VI Cantacuzene, the Hesychast Crisis and the Latin World: An Ambiguous Strategy
14.30 Judith Ryder (Oxford): When To Speak and When To Hold Your Peace: The Conflict between Demetrios Kydones and Philotheos Kokkinos

15.15 Coffee

15.45 Monica White (University of Nottingham): Hesychasm in Rus?
16.30 Norman Russell (St Stephen’s House, Oxford): Engaging with Islam in Late Byzantium: Strategies of Resistance and Accommodation

17.15 Drinks - The Maison française d’Oxford is delighted to offer participants a glass of champagne

Friday 18th March
Miles Room, St Peter’s College

10.30 Eiji Hisamatsu (Ryukoku University, Japan): The Jesus Prayer and Yoga - The Early Literature of Hesychasm and the Svetasvatara Upanishad [online]
11.15 Vassa Kontouma (École Pratique des Hautes Études, PSL, Paris): The Re-enchanted Universe of Iakovos of Nea Skete (19th c.). A Hesychast Response to the Copernican Revolution?
12.15 Final remarks

12.30 Lunch