FIDEM Annual Meeting, Cluj, Romania, 23–26 September 2015

Fédération Internationale des Instituts d’Études Mediévales
Centrul de Filosofie Antică şi Medievală, UBB Cluj

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Call for papers

In his Glossae super Boethium (CCCM 158, ed. Nauta, 1999, p. 202, 90-93), William of Conches states: “... de eadem re secundum diversas considerationes diversae inveniuntur expositiones. Sed non est curandum de diversitate expositionum, immo gaudendum, sed de contrarietate si in expositionibus esset ...

What is the nature of the diversity of reading medieval sources? How do theological, philosophical, literary, historical or musical sources relate to the text? How do Greek, Hebrew, Latin, Arabic or vernacular texts allow researchers to decipher the meaning of the “textual source” for the medieval man of letters? Why does the same text inspire different readings? Why do medieval texts rely so heavily on sources, and why is this habit at the root of an entire tradition of interpretation? This is an interdisciplinary problem and it can be identified in all fields of medieval studies. It therefore challenges every specialist in the texts he studies, whether from the Early Middle Ages, or from the end of this period which covered an entire millennium.

The goal of this FIDEM meeting is to provide an analysis of the varieties of interpretation, and of its importance for the intellectual life of the Middle Ages.

The Centre for Ancient and Medieval Philosophy ( was established in 2004, in order to study, edit, and translate into Romanian the major texts of ancient and medieval philosophy. The most representative results of its activity are the 27 bilingual editions of the “Biblioteca Medievală” series, the publication of the journal “Chora, revue des études anciennes et médiévales” (in collaboration with the Centre “Léon Robin”, Univ. Paris IV–Sorbonne), several national and international research grants, and a series of weekly conferences on medieval philosophy.

Details of participation

Scholars wishing to give a paper (20-minutes long) can submit an abstract to the following address: or online: Abstract submission ends on 31 May 2015.

A joint committee from FIDEM and the organizer will select the accepted papers. The participation fee is 25 €. The payment will be open after the announcement of the final list of participants.

A selection of papers will be published in the FIDEM series ‘Textes et Études du Moyen Age’, distributed by Brepols.

FIDEM scholarships are available for researchers (max. 25 years old). Applications must be sent to the Conference Secretariat before 31 May 2015. They will include: a full curriculum vitae, a letter of motivation, and a letter of recommendation from a University professor.

Further information concerning the conference will be made available on the page of the Centre for Ancient and Medieval Philosophy:


26 September 2015

Thank you all for participating!

Special thanks to:

  • participants, for the scientific quality of their papers and for their kindness
  • FIDEM Board members, for their involvment and understanding
  • UBB administration, for the excellent support
  • POSDRU program management team, for the immense help
  • Concerts Society Bistrița and the musicians, for the delightful concert
  • Batthyaneum Library and Roman Catholic Archidiocese, for the wonderful visit
  • volunteers, for their formidable energy and dedication
  • organizing team, for hundreds of hours of work, for smiles, for tears, for success

Without you, this wonderful colloquium would not have been possible.

And a present: the recording of the concert

The organizers.

11 September 2015

You can download the participation guide in PDF format: Participation Guide

There is also a guide for the participants staying at Universitas Hotel: For participants staying at Universitas Hotel

31 August 2015

You can access the composition of the panels here: Panels

14 June 2015

The evaluation of submitted papers has finished. The total number of expected participants is 80. See the provisional list of registered participants

3 June 2015

The validation of the registrations and the evaluation of submitted papers have started. If you registered but your registration is not complete, please fill it in using your registration account or send it to us by email. We will try to contact registered participants if needed to fill the registration data.

2 June 2015

Some scholarships are still available for young researchers, provided they present a paper at the Colloquium.

10 April 2015

In order to facilitate a broader participation, the registration deadline was extended until 31 May 2015.

The deadline for scholarship candidatures was extended until 31 May 2015.

To provide the opportunity of participation for more specialists, the fee was reduced to 25 euros. Students who do not receive the scholarship, but can prove their student status, benefit from a 50% discount.

During FIDEM Annual Colloquium 2015 an international book fair will be organized. The participating publishers will be announced soon.