The World of St. Francis

Country: Italy

City: Siena

Abstr. due: 15.10.2014

Dates: 17.07.15 — 19.07.15

Area Of Sciences: Philosophy; Cultural science;

Organizing comittee e-mail:

Organizers: Meredith College SUNY Geneseo University of Portland


When Jorge Bergoglio became the first pope to choose the name Francis, it served as a reminder of Francis of Assisi’s profound effect on the world in the eight centuries since his death. During his lifetime, Francis challenged religious, social, and economic norms and helped reenergize a Church under assault. He founded the most popular religious order of the Middle Ages, and from the thirteenth century up to the present, Franciscans have attracted devotees from Assisi to Latin America and beyond. The program committee invites proposals for papers on any number of topics that consider the legacy of Francis and the Franciscans including:

 The history of the Franciscan order

  • The meaning and significance of Franciscan art in its medieval, Renaissance, and modern contexts
  • Francis’ legacy of interfaith dialogue and peacemaking
  • Female orders of Franciscan nuns, including the Poor Clares and Clarissan Nuns
  • Francis’ economic, social, and environmental views and their legacy
  • Franciscan spirituality, poverty, or the teaching of St. Francis to modern audiences

This conference is open to scholars from all academic disciplines, including history, art history, literature, English, theology, philosophy, Church history, and environmental studies.

In addition to individual papers, the program committee will also entertain proposals for special sessions (3 papers) and panel discussions on a particular topic.

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