Makarios: Character and Virtue in the Christian Tradition


Makarios: Character and Virtue in the Christian Tradition


May 26-28, 2023


Rome, Italy


The bi-annual Makarios conference is a joint undertaking of the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry at Australian Catholic University (ACU), the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard University, the Boston College Colloquy in Historical Theology (BCHT), and Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion. The conference promotes research and discussion of the relationship between Christianity and human flourishing in historical and contemporary perspective, and across the humanities and social sciences.


This inaugural Makarios conference aims to convene scholars from theology, philosophy, history, and the social sciences to explore the past, present, and future of Christianity’s complex engagement with character and virtue. The conference will include plenary and concurrent sessions, and will be hosted at ACU’s Rome campus, with meals and accommodation provided for all participants on-site. We anticipate the registration fee will be in the neighborhood of $150 USD. 

For this inauguaral Makarios Conference, we are pleased to welcome the following distinguished speakers:

            Rowan Williams (keynote)

            Margaret Archer

            Jennifer Frey

            Christian Miller

We also welcome paper submissions from humanists and social scientists on the relation between virtue and character and the Christian tradition broadly conceived. Topics may include spiritual practices and moral formation, Christian approaches to virtue theory, the interrelation of institutional and social change and changing conceptions of character, theological and empirical aspects of character education, and tensions between theory and practice. We encourage contributions regarding all periods and cultural contexts of Christian history, and drawing on a variety of approaches from across the humanities and social sciences, especially with an interdisciplinary framing. 

Paper abstracts of up to 300 words and an updated CV should be sent to by November 1st, 2022. A fuller conference website, including a registration portal, will be available beginning January 2023.