A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Dejan Jovanovic

Jewelry artist, Dejan Jovanovic was born in Serbia and has been established in Washington, DC since 2002. He graduated in applied sculpture from Belgrade University of the Arts, received his MFA in metal design from ECU School of Art and Design and has won numerous international awards and prizes.

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He is inspired by exploration of archaic, particularly medieval, metal-smithing forms and techniques which he revives with a modern sensibility. He explores the possibilities for color, texture, surface finishes and connections in his pieces. The desire to explore the varied ways in which traditional jewelry design can be extended and the transitions from traditional perceptions of jewelry towards new artistic expressions is at the heart of all of Dejan's work. His training as a monumental sculptor translates to his work in smaller forms where he captures fluid sculptural movement informed by organic elements and rugged texture and explores the possibilities of combining negative spaces, abstract forms and lines and balanced proportions in his dynamic compositions.

Dejan has exhibited his work in the US and Europe. He has worked for fabrication and metal-smithing projects for the White House, Smithsonian Institution, Blair House and the Washington National Cathedral and has also worked for Tiffany & Co.

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Tomislav Z. Longinović

Professor of Slavic, Comparative Literature and Visual Culture
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1452 Van Hise
1220 Linden Dr
Madison, WI 53706
608-262-4311
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Born and raised in Belgrade, Longinovic holds degrees in creative writing, psychology and has his Ph.D in comparative literature.

His books include Borderline Culture (1993), Vampires Like Us (2005), the co-edited and co-translated volume, with Daniel Weissbort: Red Knight: Serbian Women Songs (1992), and the edited volume: David Albahari, Words are Something Else (1996). He is also the author of several works of fiction, both in Serbian (Sama Amerika, 1995) and English (Moment of Silence, 1990).

His most recent book, Vampire Nation: Violence as Cultural Imaginary, was published by Duke University Press in 2011. His research interests include South Slavic literatures and cultures; the Serbian language; literary theory; Central and East European literary history; comparative Slavic studies, translation studies, and cultural studies.

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Knowing the Purpose of Creation through the Resurrection

Proceedings of the Symposium on St. Maximus the Confessor

The present volume is a collection of presentations delivered at the St Maximus the Confessor International Symposium held in Belgrade at the University of Belgrade from 18 to 21 October 2012. The Belgrade Symposium brought together the following speakers: Demetrios Bathrellos, Grigory Benevitch, Calinic Berger, Paul Blowers, David Bradshaw, Adam Cooper, Brian Daley, Paul Gavrilyuk, Atanasije Jevtić, Joshua Lollar, Andrew Louth, John Panteleimon Manoussakis, Maximos of Simonopetra, Ignatije Midić, Pascal Mueller-Jourdan, Alexei Nesteruk, Aristotle Papanikolaou, George Parsenios, Philipp Gabriel Renczes, Nino Sakvarelidze, Torstein Tollefsen, George Varvatsoulias, Maxim Vasiljević, Christos Yannaras, and John Zizioulas. The papers and discussions in this volume of the proceedings of the Belgrade Symposium amply attest to the reputation of Saint Maximus the Confessor as the most universal spirit of the seventh century, and perhaps the greatest thinker of the Church. Twenty eight studies have been gathered in the present volume, which is organized into eight chapters, each of them corresponding to the proceedings of the Symposium, all of which are of intense interest and importance. Chapter One brings to light new evidence regarding the sources, influences, and appropriations of St Maximus’ teaching. His mediatorial role as one of the few genuinely ecumenical theologians of the patristic era is acknowledged and affirmed. Chapter Two offers some crucial clarifications on the relationship between person, nature, and freedom. In Chapter Three we find substantial discussion on body, pathos, love, eros, etc. New interpretive paradigms and insights are proposed in Chapter Four, while the next chapter presents the Confessor’s cosmological perspective in light of modern scientific discoveries. Some important ontological and ecclesiological issues are discussed in Chapter Six, while in Chapter Seven we are able to see what contemporary synthesis is possible through St Maximus’ thought. Chapter Eight offers further readings by engaging younger scholars who did not present their papers at the conference but whose studies were accepted by the organizers. In the final paper we find an important overview of the Symposium with a description of the conference’s flow. In an age of plurality and division, it is particularly important to know what our Tradition—shaped by the Fathers—can teach us. In any such endeavor, Saint Maximus the Confessor stands out as the most important theologian of the so-called Byzantine period. Yet his theology, assimilated and incorporated by Tradition, has relevance beyond any single historical period; in fact, the Confessor’s efforts to mediate between East and West distinguish his work as vital for contemporary theological discourse.