The 16th International Patristics Conference (for summer 2011) is now putting out invitations for papers. The infinitely smarter-looking web site is here.
The conference takes place in Oxford. The days are filled with papers, each of 15 minutes. There is a book display by publishers, often with very good deals. Accomodation is available (at a fairly substantial charge) in an Oxford college. I tend to stay in my old college instead.
I’ve been to the last couple, although only for a day or two. If you are an academic, especially one starting out, you need to go for the networking and career opportunities. For amateurs it is quite optional. I suspect I will book, but go for only a day or two.
UPDATE: The registration fee for the conference this time is £180. That’s a lot. It doesn’t include any accomodation either, which this year is at £50 or 70 a night for a room with only a sink. I don’t recall what the fee was in 2007, but nothing like that, surely? Oh dear… For that fee alone you could spend a week in Egypt, including air-flights.
It also doesn’t include any car parking — in Soviet Oxford, only the commissars get free parking.
I suppose most attendees will get all these fees paid by their employers — i.e. by the taxpayer. But it is a bit disturbing to see prices so high. I know that these conferences have to pay their way, and indeed are a substantial source of profit to the colleges. It’s still sad, tho.