International Conference
at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland


The Parisian School of Saint-Victor in the Middle Ages:

A European-wide Thought



28-30 SEPTEMBER 2020


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Founded at the beginning of the twelfth century on the outskirts of Paris, the Parisian school of Saint-Victor soon became an intellectual centre on a European scale: through the international recruitment of its masters: Hugh, Achard, Richard, Andrew, Godfrey, Thomas Gallus, and many others; through the wide handwritten dissemination of their works, in particular those of Hugh and Richard; and finally through the extent of its doctrinal contribution to a common European culture, on a large number of points:

  • The importance of acquiring, before specializing, a «general culture» according to an encyclopaedic curriculum rooted in classical and patristic traditions;
  • The need for a rigorous historical approach to biblical texts, open to rabbinic exegesis, before moving on to their allegorical or moral interpretation;
  • A contagious interest in the writings and thought, hitherto largely neglected, of the pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite;
  • A major contribution to the constitution of a theological discipline, distinct from both exegesis and philosophy;
  • An effort to reconcile rigour in doctrinal speculation, fervour in spiritual life, and psychological finesse in the analysis of contemplation and its stages.

In short, a curiosity about all fields of knowledge and, at the same time, an effort to unify them into a universal and unified wisdom explains the role, direct or indirect, played by the masters of Saint-Victor in the constitution of a common European thought, at the time of medieval universities and beyond.


Scholarly Committee

  • Giulio D’Onofrio (Università degli Studi di Salerno)
  • Fr. Hugh Feiss OSB (Monastery of the Ascension, Jerome, Idaho)
  • Cédric Giraud (Université de Lorraine, Université de Genève)
  • Ruedi Imbach (Université de Fribourg, Université de Paris – Sorbonne)
  • Paul Rorem (Union Theological Seminary, New York)
  • Patrice Sicard SVict (École Cathédrale de Paris, Collège des Bernardins)


Organising Board

  • Wanda Bajor (KUL JPII)
  • Agnieszka Kijewska (KUL JPII)
  • Dominique Poirel (IRHT/CNRS, KUL JPII)
  • Michał Buraczewski
  • Marcin Janecki


Keynote speakers

  • Alexander Baumgarten (Universitatea Babeș-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca)
  • Montse Leyra Curiá (Universidad San Dámaso, Madrid)
  • Giulio D’Onofrio (Università degli Studi di Salerno)
  • Cédric Giraud (Université de Lorraine, Université de Genève)
  • Ruedi Imbach (Université de Fribourg, Université de Paris – Sorbonne)



We invite speakers interested in the topic to contact the secretary of the conference:

We kindly ask to send us the title and the abstract of your presentation before 30th May. The abstract should have about 2000 signs. Your paper should be about 30 minutes long. The following languages are accepted: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, with preference to English and French.  You will be notified of acceptance by 16th June. A book consisting of selected presentations, after a reviewing procedure, will be published in Bibliotheca Victorina series by Brepols.


The organizers of the conference are unable to cover any costs. We offer our assistance with any practical aspects of your travel and stay (contact Michał Buraczewski for details).







Autor: Andrzej Zykubek
Ostatnia aktualizacja: 04.03.2020, godz. 10:45 - Andrzej Zykubek