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 900.

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.


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 decision has now been made about the submitted abstracts:


- Reference numbers up to and including 0808: *unless* you have heard otherwise from the Directors, or from the convener of your proposed workshop, please assume that your abstract is accepted.


- Reference numbers from 0809 on: 

If your abstract is for a workshop which has been accepted, thank you!

If your abstract was for a workshop which could not be accepted, and you have asked for it to be considered as a short communication, please assume that it has been accepted.

If you submitted, after the deadline of 31 Dec 2014, an abstract for a short communication, you are on a reserve list and the Directors will tell you by the end of February whether there is space for your paper. 


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

abstracts and proceedings


The abstracts, once peer reviewed and accepted will be published at the Conference webblog.

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 XVI. Conference will be published in 20 volumes in the year 2013.

Over the past years more than 50 volumes have appeared in print.

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.