The aim of the workshop is to gather specialists from different fields (theology, philology, religious anthropology, art history, etc.) thus creating a forum for discussion on socio-cultural and confessional paradigms involved in the study of the image of the Virgin Mary in Christianity (Orthodox Christianity, Catholicism, Protestantism) in their multilingual environments.
Contributions in the field of Mariological literature (in Greek, Syriac, Latin, Slavonic, Armenian, etc.), Church music, and iconography are especially welcomed, together with explorations in patristic tradition. Studies in ethno-confessional dimensions of the cult of the Virgin Mary (including research in the field of vernacular religious practices), along with Mariological festivals as temporary markers of events in her life celebrated by the communities are sought.
Contributions exploring the sacred sites related to the veneration of the Virgin Mary in various ethnic and religious landscapes, including places of pilgrimage, would also be relevant. The approach of the participants in the workshop to Mariological topoi is to be interdisciplinary.
Mariology, Theology, Patristics, Biblical and Parabiblical literarature, Art History and Religious Iconography