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"OPEN INVITATION to participate in 6th International Scientific Workshop of the Mount Athos Centre"

Thessaloniki - Greece, 9 - 11 December 2022

As part of its institutional program of events, the Mount Athos Center organizes an annual international scientific workshop for researchers and scholars engaged in research on Mount Athos, as well as occasional conferences on subjects relating to the Holy Mountain.

Following the International Scientific Conference that was held in 2021 on the subject of ‘Mount Athos During the Period of the Greek Revolution’, this year the Center is organizing the Sixth International Scientific Workshop, which will be held in Thessaloniki ("Stephanos Dragoumis" auditorium at the Museum of Byzantine Culture) from Friday 9 December until Sunday 11 December 2022.

The Scientific Organizing Committee has decided that the proceedings of the Scientific Workshop will be conducted face-to-face. Should the public health situation deteriorate, any decision to change the way in which the proceedings are conducted will be made at the beginning of the autumn and will be communicated to all concerned.

The main aim of the International Scientific Workshops is to foster a fruitful scientific dialogue that will enrich our knowledge of Athonite monasticism and broaden the scope of research on Mount Athos. The International Workshops, through the presentation of individual or group papers, provides members of the scientific community with an opportunity to publicize their latest research findings or to announce the initial results of ongoing research projects or scientific programmes, thereby helping to improve the final outcomes.

It is self-evident that the papers presented at the Workshop will deal directly with different aspects of Mount Athos (e.g. history, art, theology, law, institutions, literature, archaeology, art history, architecture, the natural environment, other visual arts and the conservation of art works).

During the course of the Workshop a total of 25 papers will be presented, each lasting 20 minutes. Each paper will be immediately followed by a 10-minute period for discussion.

All researchers wishing to present a paper at the forthcoming Workshop should complete the attached Entry Form, which should, without fail, be accompanied by a summary (300-600 words) of the subject-matter of the proposed paper.

In its selection of papers, the Scientific Committee will not consider entry forms that are not accompanied by a summary.

The final date for submission of entry forms is 31 July 2022.

The main criteria that will be used in the selection of papers for the final programme of the Workshop are as follows: thematic representativeness; the scope of the proposed topic; the use and presentation of original material, and the presentation of new research programmes. Special consideration will be given to individual or group proposals by young researchers.

For the purpose of organizing and conducting the Sixth International Scientific Workshop, the governing board of the Mount Athos Center has, by means of a relevant decision, appointed a Scientific Organizing Committee, with the following composition:


Kriton Chrysochoidis, Director Emeritus of Research, Institute of Historical Research at the National Research Foundation


  • Elder Symeon Dionysiates

  • Hieromonk Philotheos of Koutloumousiou

  • Hieromonk Theophilos of Pantokrator

  • Symeon Paschalides, Professor at the Faculty of Theology, A.U.Th., Director of the Patriarchal Institute for Patristic Studies.

  • Athanasios Semoglou, Professor of Byzantine Archaeology & Art, School of History and Archaeology, A.U.Th.

  • Stefanos Diamantes, Forester – Phytopathologist, Regular Researcher

  • Ploutarchos Theocharides, Architect

  • Phaidon Hadjiantoniou, Architect – Restorer

  • Nikolaos Mertzimekis, Dr Archaeologist / Ephorate of Antiquities of Chalkidiki and Mount Athos

  • Dimitris Liakos, Dr Archaeologist / Ephorate of Antiquities of Chalkidiki and Mount Athos

Scientific Organizing Committee

of the Sixth International Scientific Workshop

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