Conference: Religious Architectural Heritage across the Mediterranean

June 23rd, 2011

Conference: Religious Architectural Heritage across the Mediterranean

University of Balamand Lebanon: 1-4 November 2012

Sponsor: none

Deadline: 30 September 2011

Registration required? Yes

From May Davie
20 June 2011


Call for participation:
The research unit ARPOA of the Institute of History, Archaeology and Near-Eastern Studies (IOHANES) of the University of Balamand in Lebanon will hold an international symposium on the Religious Architectural Heritage across the Mediterranean in November 2012 in November 2012. The title is

“The Greek Orthodox Church architectural heritage: a comparative perspective with other Christian and non-Christian groups of the Middle East and its neighbouring areas”.

The symposium will conclude a research project launched by the University of Balamand to survey all the places of worship of the Greek-Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch (Lebanon, Syria, southern Turkey, Iraq and the Gulf States), with the aim of evaluating their cultural and religious heritage characteristics. Most of the results are on-line at

We invite proposals from scholars working on this theme. The four workshops of the symposium are:
– The material aspect of religious heritage: specificities and reciprocal influences
– Appropriation, stakes and discourses on religious heritage
– The acceptability of the concept of heritage
– The concept of religious heritage

Guidelines and detailed call for papers at

– The conference will take place between 1st and 4th November 2012 at the University of Balamand, Lebanon.
– The applicants are requested to provide an abstract of about 4000 characters and a brief CV before 30th September 2011 to
– The authors of accepted proposals will be notified before 30th October 2011.
– Contributors will be expected to provide full paper drafts before 30th September 2012.
– Working languages will be Arabic, French and English.
– Logistical information will be dispatched at a later date.

May Davie
Head of ARPOA Research Unit (Architecture Religieuse du Patriarcat Orthodoxe d’Antioche)

Contact(s) for more information: May Davie Georges Berbary Rouba Borgi

Submission: May Davie (Organiser), 23.6.11

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