Centre for Marian Studies

University of Roehampton

Director: Dr Sarah Jane Boss
Registered Charity 1066253
Monday 21 January 2019
Saint Agnes

The Centre for Marian Studies and the Orthodox Network

Unwedded Bride: Marian Hymns in the Eastern Churches

A two-day conference on the Mother of God in the Orthodox and Oriental churches

University of Winchester, 18-20 August 2015

Unwedded Bride

Conference information

The earliest evidence for devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary comes from the Greek and Oriental churches, and the writings of the early authors of Eastern Christianity have influenced the cult of the Mother of God in both East and West. The Western church in recent decades has seen an upsurge of interest in the liturgy and theology of the East, and this conference will draw together scholars from both sets of traditions and from the secular academy to consider the rich Marian inheritance of Byzantine, Near Eastern and non-Chalcedonian Christians, with a focus on the tradition of hymnody.

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Speakers who have agreed to address the conference include Andrew Louth (Durham University), Niki Tsironis (Institute for Byzantine Research, Athens), Pierre Najem (Notre Dame University, Lebanon) and Sebastian Brock (University of Oxford).


The location for the conference is the beautiful city of Winchester, which has a long Christian (and specifically Marian!) history. Winchester is easily accessible from London and Oxford, and the University of Winchester provides excellent conference facilities and residential accommodation.

Call for papers

Papers are invited on the main conference theme, but contributions on other aspects of the cult of the Mother of God in the East will also be considered. The topics may concern any period of church history, and may be in any relevant discipline – theology, liturgy, anthropology, art history, literary studies or politics.

If you wish to offer a paper, please send a 200-word proposal to Sarah Jane Boss
(e-mail: ) by March 31st.


Fee for the full conference: £230, including full board and lodging for the first day (Tuesday 18th –Wednesday 19th), and half-board (i.e., without dinner) for the second day (Wednesday 19th – Thursday 20th).

Day 1 only (Tuesday 18th –Wednesday 19th): £90 (including dinner).

Day 2 only (Wednesday 19th – Thursday 20th): £70 (without dinner).

A non-returnable deposit of £50 is payable immediately, and the remainder due by 30th April 2015. Cheques should be made payable to the Centre for Marian Studies.

A reduced fee may be available on request.

Downloadable registration form: [link]

Enquiries should be addressed to either
Dr Andreas Andreopoulos (University of Winchester),
e-mail: ;
or Dr Sarah Jane Boss (Centre for Marian Studies, University of Roehampton),
e-mail: , telephone 07977 192458.