About the Symposium

St Athanasius College (SAC) and the University of Divinity (UD) will co-host an international symposium called COPTS IN MODERNITY from 13 – 16 July 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. The symposium will focus on the history of the Coptic Church and Community between the 18th and 21st Centuries. This international event will be held at the new Eporo Tower Campus, offering state-of-the-art facilities in central Melbourne, conveniently located near the airport, city transportation and accommodation.

Eporo Tower Venue

  •  SAC Eporo Tower Campus is located Level Three, 285 La Trobe St, Melbourne, Australia. The SAC Eporo Tower Campus is nestled in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD and just 100 metres from the Melbourne Central Train Station. For a street map of the conference location and more Eporo Tower information please visit: http://sac.edu.au/eporo-tower-campus/

Program and Speakers

  • The program and the list of speakers and presentation topics will be available closer to the event.

Photo Exhibition and Bookstore

There will be a photo exhibition entitled Modernity Treasures featured at the symposium showcasing photographic gems from the 18th – 21st Centuries. In addition, Symposium attendees who are published authors can recommend their book/s feature in the onsite SAC Bookstore.  Formal requests to submit your book title/s can be sent to Dr Lisa Agaiby E: lagaiby@sac.edu.au

Registration and Fees

Registrations and bookings can be made on Eventbrite.  Please note Eventbrite charges a small additional administrative fee. To register and book tickets click here. The pricing structure for the symposium is as follows:
Symposium Day and Date Pricing Notes
Friday 13 July Complimentary For paid attending delegates
Saturday 14 July $50 Includes lunch; morning/afternoon tea
Sunday 15 July $100 Includes lunch; morning/afternoon tea; official dinner
Monday 16 July $50 Includes lunch; morning/afternoon tea
TOTAL COST $200 Student Price: $180 (10% discount)
One day registrations available at $50 per day. Students may attend at $45 per day. Dinner only registrations available at $50 per head. Student dinner price is $45 per head. 10% discount is offered to students attending the symposium on presentation of a student ID card. Prices include GST (taxes).

Abstract Submissions

The SAC community extends a call for symposium papers on the Copts of Egypt in the pre-modern and modern period from the 18th Century through to the current time. The Organising Committee welcomes proposals from a broad range of disciplines and perspectives exploring aspects of the early modern and modern history of the Copts. Proposed Topics and Panels include: Art and Architecture; Theological Matters; Influential Patriarchs, Clergy and Lay People; Teaching and Education; Ecumenical Relations; Church Reformers and Influential Lay Leaders; Copts in Politics; Coptic Media; Monastic Revival, including Women in Monastic Life; Saints and Hagiography; Copts and/or Church in the Lands of Immigration. Please forward a symposium paper abstract (up to 300 words) in the English language for consideration by 31 October 2017 to Dr Lisa Agaiby E: lagaiby@sac.edu.au or Dr Nelly van Doorn Hader E: vandoopa@wfu.edu


The Brady Hotel

Brady Hotel a modern 4.5 star hotel located in Melbourne CBD, a great hotel when you want to get out and explore all Melbourne has to offer.  Only 50m from Melbourne Central and 6 blocks of shopping, dining, art and cultural experiences.  The hotel has a variety of room types including guest rooms, studio apartments and 2 bedroom apartments, all with Juliette balconies, modern furnishings and designer bathrooms. We are delighted to partner with the Brady Hotel to offer our conference delegates a 5% discount package as follows:
  •  – Corporate Booking code COPTIC18
  • –  48hr day prior to arrival cancellation policy without penalty
  • – Free Wifi – 1GB daily data allowance
  • – No Credit Card booking fees
  • – $15 Breakfast rate (if added at the time of booking)
  • – Onsite cardio gymnasium

To book and locate the daily rate click here and use the corporate code COPTIC18 to benefit from the preferred rates, flexible booking conditions and free Wi-Fi.

Visit their website www.bradyhotels.com.au

Donvale Campus

  • Limited accommodation will be available at our Donvale Campus for clergy, with early registrations given a priority
  • To inquire about a reservation in the SAC student accommodation, please contact Rev Dr Peter Dobson, Director of Academic Administration. E: pdobson@sac.edu.au T: +61 3 8872 8452


Melbourne Sightseeing

Melbourne is a modern, cosmopolitan and dynamic city proudly voted the most liveable city in the world on many occasions. For delegates staying in Melbourne after the conference, below is tourism information to help you explore the local area.

For Inquiries

Dr Lisa Agaiby E: lagaiby@sac.edu.au

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