CFP Deadline: Oct. 15, Conference on “The World of St. Francis of Assisi,” Italy

A conference on “The World of St. Francis of Assisi” will be held in Siena, Italy, July 17-19, 2015. The conference is organized by Meredith College, SUNY Geneseo, and the 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.

The organizers welcomes 250-word abstracts of papers (20 minutes), with an additional short CV. All proposals will be reviewed by the conference committee. Proposals (in a PDF file, or in Word) should be sent as an email attachment to by October 15, 2014. Notification of acceptance will be sent by November 15, 2014.

The conference will be held in Siena, Italy at the Siena School for the Liberal Arts. It will include keynote lectures by Fr. Michael Cusato (Director of the Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure) and Ron Herzman, SUNY Geneseo Distinguished Teaching Professor of English.  A dinner for conference participants is planned for Saturday night, as well as an excursion to Assisi with a guided tour led by Dr. William R. Cook (SUNY Geneseo Dinstiguished Teaching Professor of History)  for Sunday.

For more information on the conference, including lodging suggestions and transportation details, please visit the conference website:

All participants are responsible for their own lodging and travel arrangements. No travel funding is available.

The registration fee for the conference will be $180, with a discount for early registration before December 1, 2015 ($160). The fee includes Saturday’s group dinner.

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