The theme of the conference is “Antecedents and Subsequents of Iosif Volotsky: Exploring Eastern Christian Concerns” (2015 marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Iosif Volotsky, founder of the Iosif-Volokolamsk Monastery), yet it is designed to “embrace topics from any period, and all regions related to Eastern Christian groups…. The topic is broadly conceived to address the interests and concerns of Iosif, a monastic reformer, whose life and work influenced the religious culture of Muscovy as well as modern scholarship of his period. Iosif’s interests encompassed the multi-faceted issues of religious and spiritual life and ranged from monastic reform to patristics, liturgics, education, administration, spirituality, heresy, and secular Christian life, among others.”
The Association for the Study of Eastern Christian History and Culture (ASEC) is a non-confessionl scholarly organization that is dedicated to promoting research, scholarship, and multi-disciplinary inquiry on cultures influenced by the various branches of Eastern Christianity. While ASEC is a non-confessional association, the focus of ASEC is of inerest to Orthodox Scholars. For more information on ASEC and on the conference, see here.