Seventh Annual Coptic Studies Symposium
Sponsored by The Canadian Society for Coptic Studies, The Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto
Saturday, March 1, 2014



Seventh Annual Coptic Studies Symposium




Room ES B142

5 Bancroft Ave., Toronto, ON, M5S 3J1

Co-Sponsored by:

The Canadian Society for Coptic Studies.and

the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto

9am – 9.30am   Registration (includes lunch and break refreshments)

$40.-Regular Member

$45.-Regular non-member

$25.-Student and Senior Member

$30.-Student and Senior non-member


Prof. Timothy Harrison, Chair of Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, U of Toronto   “Future of Coptic Studies at  NMC”

Dr. Ramez Boutros (U. of Toronto; President, CSCS), Dr. Helene Moussa (CSCS)

Special Dedication to Leading Coptologists: Youssef Nassif and Bedour Latif; Rudolph Kasser. 


Keynote Speakers:

Prof. Mark Sheridan O.S.B., Benedictine monk of Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem and Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Theology of the Pontificio Ateneo S.Anselmo, Rome.

"Early Egyptian monasticism: Ideals and Reality”


Prof. Pablo Argárate, Director of the Institute for Ecumenical Theology, Eastern Orthodoxy and Patristics, Faculty of Theology, University of Gratz, Austria

“The Reception of Egyptian Monasticism in the Latin World:John Cassian and Benedict”  


 Dr. Mark Malevez, Researcher at ‘Le Centre Interdisciplinaire d’Étudedes Religions et de la Laïcité, l’Université Libre de Bruxelles’

“The Spiritual Journey of the First Coptic Wandering Monks (250-451)”


Prof. Jitse Dikstra, Associate Professor and Head of Classics, Department of Classics and Religious Studies, University of Ottawa

“The Discourse of Idol Destruction in the Coptic Life of Aaron”


Prof. Amir Harrak, Professor of Aramaic and Syriac languages, Department of Near and Middle Eastern, U of T Civilizations,

“The Influence of Egyptian Monasticism on Mesopotamia from the beginning to the 6th century”


Fr. Bigoul El Suriani: Librarian of the Monastery of Deir el-Surian, Egypt, Secretary to his Holiness Pope Tawadrus II, Coptic Patriarchate, Cairo, Egypt

“New Venture of Egyptian Monks for Coptic Studies"


Sabrina C. Higgins, PhD. Candidate, University of Ottawa  

“Picturing the Virgin: A Thematic Study of Marian Wall Paintings in the Fifth to Ninth Centuries”


 Mélanie Houle, PhD. Candidate,University of Ottawa 

“The Practice of Exorcism in Egyptian Monasticism:A Popular Panacea? On the Difficult Reconciliation of Hagiographical and Magical Texts”


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