date and events


The XVII. Conference will be held from Monday 10 August 2015 to Friday 14 August 2015. It will take place, as usual, in the Examination Schools in the High Street, Oxford. Health and safety regulations at the Examination Schools limit the maximum number of delegates to 1.000.


Garden Party (Monday, 3:30-5pm): 

Due to the high number of delegates attending the Patristics Conference, the Garden Party is only open to those of you who asked to attend when you registered.  Garden Party tickets will be in your conference wallet on registration.  You will not be able to attend without the relevant ticket.


Entrance to the Master’s Garden is via the garden gate, which can be approached via St Aldates and turning left into The Broad Walk, or via Merton Street and Merton Grove (the narrow path between Merton College and Corpus Christi).


Tickets will be checked at this entrance.


Please remember to wear your badge at all times.


NAPS reception is on Tuesday 11th August in Christ Church from 8.00pm.



Publication of the Proceedings


The proceedings of the Conference will be peer reviewed and published in the series Studia Patristica (Peeters: Leuven) and will be available within two years after the Conference has been held. The papers given at the past XVII. Conference will be published in around volumes in the year 2017.


Submissions for publication in Studia Patristica must follow the style guide (downloadable here).

  • Word length for Short Communications (up to 6,000 words), for longer papers (up to 12,000 words)

When you have revised your paper in the light of discussion at the conference, please submit it as an electronic word document via email to markusvinzent2015 at

after the conference ends and before December 31st 2015. Peer review will begin in late August 2015 and will be completed by March 31st 2016.


length of communications

Short Communications: 15 minutes. Your session chair will ring a bell at 12 minutes to signal that you should reach your conclusion, and again at 15 minutes to signal that it is time for questions, which will end at 18 minutes to allow for changeover.


Workshops: conveners decide the length of papers and the distribution of time for questions and discussion. Each workshop session must have at least 30 minutes in total of general discussion.



The abstracts are now live at the Conference webblog.



deadlines and fees


2014, 31st December:

- Title of a short communication with abstract
- Title of a workshop with rationale, names to be included in the beginning of the abstract of your own paper (please click the  WORKSHOP button)

2014, 15th August end of submissions for workshops only for those who need an early decision (by the end of October) (for funding applications, for example)

2014, 31st October decisions announced on workshop proposals submitted by August 15th 2014

2014, 31st December final deadline for workshop proposals.

2015, from the end of the Conference to 31st December submission

for the publication of papers in the Conference proceedings (see below)


From 2015, 30th April:

-  The decision about acceptance/rejection of short communications and workshop proposals will be available through the website

- Full registration £250

- ​Student/Partner registration £110

The Directors regret that new submissions can no longer be considered.

contributions and workshops


We invite delegates to submit their abstracts for either a) short communications (12 min.) or b) workshop proposals. The latter should comprise the agreed names and titles of at least 3 other potential delegates (coming from at least two different countries – England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland counting as one country). Workshop proposals can contain up to 12 members and papers and, if comprehensive enough, can lead to a separate Studia Patristica volume.
Workshop sessions last 2.5 hours (which must include 30 mins discussion), and workshops with more than 4 participants may request further sessions on other days.


Reminder: only *one* contribution can be accepted (*either* a short communication *or* a workshop proposal and paper), so that as many people as possible have the opportunity to present their work. Remember to submit your abstract as early as possible, as the Conference is usually oversubscribed.



Since its inception in 1951 as the First International Conference on Patristic Studies, organized by Frank Leslie Cross (1900-1968), Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity in the University of Oxford, this four-yearly gathering of scholars from around the world has become a major event for the many disciplines concerned with Patristics. It gives scholars at all stages of their careers the opportunity to engage with a critical, but sympathetic audience.



The directors of the Conference have been selected and confirmed by the Faculty of Theology and Religion of the University of Oxford to organize and manage the Conference. As the Conference is non-profit oriented, the directors are unpaid volunteers.