Reading Anselm: Context and Criticism

Reading Anselm: Context and Criticism


27 July - 30 July    
All day


Chestnut Hill Campus
Boston College, Boston

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An international conference organised under the aegis of the International Association for Anselm Studies, the Institute for Liberal  Arts, Boston College, with sponsorship from Fairfield University, the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Durham University, and the Philosophy and Theology Departments at Boston College.

Keynote Speakers: William Aird (Edinburgh), Marcia Colish (Yale), Burcht Pranger (Amsterdam), Denys Turner (Yale), Nicholas Watson (Harvard)

The conference takes as its theme the wide variety of responses to Anselm’s life, and work, across many different periods, and in many different fields. At the same time it will ground the reception of Anselm with consideration of the context in which he lived, wrote and acted. Moving between his life and his reception, will allow fresh insight into the mechanisms and measures of his celebrity and influence. The Association invites submissions in areas including but not limited to literature, history, art history, philosophy, and theology. It would especially welcome papers on Anselm’s sources; Anselm’s pupils; Anselm and church reform; the wider world of religious politics in the 11th and 12th centuries; Anselm in the vernacular; Reformation and Counter-Reformation views on Anselm; and Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox discussions. The conference will receive an update on the new edition of Anselm’s letter collection under preparation by Dr Samu Niskanen. Papers connected to the letter collections, the Memorials of St. Anselm and historiographical readings of Anselm also are encouraged.

Graduate stipends

A number of graduate student stipends are available on a competitive basis to cover housing at Boston College and the conference registration fee. Graduate students submitting a proposal and wishing to be considered for funding should send their proposal and information detailing their student status (i.e., what institution they are attending and what year in the program) to John Slotemaker at

Applicants will be notified about the graduate student stipends along with their paper proposal (priority will be given to those who are in the process of writing their dissertation and who are traveling from greater distances). For regular updates on the conference, including details of registration and accommodation, please visit:

Please note that conference registration and booking of Boston College accommodation will open in February 2015.