From my diary

Off to the 4th British Patristics Conference in Exeter next week.  That’s a long old drive for me.  Kick-off is around 2pm, which doesn’t leave a lot of time to get down there.  Incredibly — why does this happen? — I have an engagement in London the evening before, or I might be tempted to go down the previous afternoon.

Naturally the first question is car parking at the St Luke’s Campus.  Equally inevitably it is left very unclear from the university website how to do so.  This is a little mean; nearly everyone will be travelling long distance, and we will all come by car.

Oh well.  Once they open, I will telephone and ask.

I look forward one day to attending a conference where there is ample free car parking and you can just turn up and park without the worry.


4th British Patristics Conference – Exeter, 5-7 September 2012

The conference details are here:

Fourth British Patristics Conference

A 3-day conference to be held at the University of Exeter, 5-7 September 2012

The aim of the conference is to foster the study of early Christianity broadly considered in its social, historical and theological context and to cultivate a community of scholars of the subject inBritain.  We particularly welcome participation by and applications for papers from current graduate students studying at British Universities.

We are delighted to announce that three plenary speakers have already been confirmed:

  • Sebastian Brock, formerly Reader in Syriac Studies, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford
  • Alastair Logan, Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Theology and Religion, University of Exeter
  • Teresa Morgan, Lecturer in Ancient History and Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History, Oriel College, University of Oxford

The conference will begin after lunch on Wednesday 5th September and will close after lunch on Friday 7th September.

Call For Papers

Registration Details

Further Information

Bookings for this need to be made by the end of July.  There are only 61 places! The last one, in Durham, was great – rather better than the Oxford conferences.

You can book on-line via the web-page:

I have just booked.  It’s a Wednesday-Friday event.  It costs £210 if you book everything including accomodation.