The website for the "Shroud of Turin: The Controversial Intersection of Faith and Science," www.stlouisshroudconference.com, held 9-12 October 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri, will be taken down in about 5 months, on or around 18 January 2015. This will not affect the accessibility of the papers and videos of the conference presentations, as those can be found at http://www.shroud.com/stlouis.htm. The St. Louis conference site was mainly informational. However, the forum in which comments about conference presentations could be made, will no longer be accessible.
Several people have asked if I knew when the next conference would be. I’m currently not aware of any upcoming conferences, but the committee for the St. Louis conference is contemplating possibly holding another conference in St. Louis some time in 2018. Any developments will be publicized at www.shroud.com and www.shroudstory.com .
in the company of Nobel Prize winners and many other prominent speakers
From the Program of the Fiat Lux Conference:
A RAY OF LIGHT ON THE SHROUD
Paolo Di Lazzaro
Chief of Research, ENEA Research Centre of Frascati
The Shroud of Turin is a linen cloth bearing the front and back body images of what appears to be a crucified man. Although it is considered one of the archaeological objects most studied in history, nobody was able to replicate the microscopic complexity of the chemical and physical characteristics of its faint images. After countless attempts, the inability to replicate the image on the Shroud prevents formulating a reliable hypothesis on the process of the image formation.
In this talk we summarize the experiments done at the ENEA Research Centre of Frascati, which have demonstrated the ability of vacuum ultraviolet light pulses lasting few nanoseconds to generate a Shroud-like coloration on linen that matches many characteristics of the Shroud image.
Our results are fascinating, and to some extent suggestive about the hypothesis of image formation, but cannot lead to definitive conclusions. We never addressed the theological and philosophical issues, that go beyond our scientific expertise, on how it is possible generating these specific radiation pulses at the time of the formation of the Shroud image. We have dealt with only about a topic that is within our expertise, namely the understanding of the photochemistry processes able to generate a peculiar linen coloration that has many features in common with the image on the Shroud. The implications of our findings are left to scholars competent in theology, metaphysics and philosophy.
Science must recognize its limits, and at the same time we cannot remain indifferent to the charm of an object like the Shroud of Turin in which the physics of light, chemistry, medicine, history, metaphysics and philosophy meet and overlap each other, in an unprecedented attempt to solve a multifaceted enigma.
It’s on the new update to shroud.com: The Official Program of the Conference of the Centro Internazionale di Sindonologia (C.I.S.)
A few very interesting topics. It would be nice to see the papers or the PowerPoint’s or the whatevers.
You can click on the image to see a full size PDF of the program.
Barrie has also posted a copy of the invitation letter.
For media coverage about this conference in this blog see:
The following paper by Andrea Di Genua, Emanuela Marinelli, Ivan Polverari and Domenico Repice, Judas, Thaddeus, Addai: possible connections with the vicissitudes of the Edessan and Constantinopolitan Mandylion and any research perspectives has been added to Academia.edu. (There is also a version in Italian*: Giuda, Taddeo, Addai: possibili collegamenti con le vicende del Mandylion edesseno-costantinopolitano ed eventuali prospettive di ricerca)
The abstract reads:
The Mandylion or image of Edessa, first mentioned in the 6th century, was a depiction of Christ’s face, described by some texts as a painting and by others as a miraculous imprint on a cloth. It is reasonable to believe that this mysterious cloth was the Shroud which is today kept in Turin, folded in such a way as to show only the face.
The protagonist of the events related to the Edessan image is Thaddeus-Addai, who is at times defined as “apostle” and at other times simply as disciple. The identification of Thaddeus Addai with the apostle Judas Thaddeus or one of the 70 (or 72) disciples remains an issue which deserves further studies; however, considering the research already conducted, a possible relation between the numerous literary witnesses and the figure of Judas Thaddeus is not to be ruled out.
The analysis of the 10th icon of the Abgar legend is intriguing:
The upper part of the diptych, on the left, shows the depiction of a saint, identifiable as Thaddeus. However, it is likely that this saint is not one of the 72 disciples, but exactly the apostle Judas Thaddeus, as identified in Greek books. The Western and Eastern traditions diverge substantially on this point. In the upper right side, King Abgar is represented with the facial features of Emperor Constantine VII, who in 944 moved the relic to Constantinople .
The images of St Judas Thaddeus are very late in the West, and the saint is always represented carrying a medal depicting Jesus’ face. In Early Christianity and in the Middle Ages, the apostle Judas is only represented in the apostolic college, with no reference to the Mandylion (mosaics in Monreale, el Bawit in Egypt, etc.).
The saint depicted on the left has a face similar to that of the character who, on the right, hands over the Mandylion to King Abgar. This similarity does not prove that they are the same person, since byzantine painters used to employ patterns to reproduce the human face and, as always, painters tend to make self-portraits; this, therefore, would explain the similarity of the two and also the similarities of the saints depicted in the lower part.
* The English version is a translation from Italian by Augusto Monacelli
Barrie Schwortz reports on the STERA Facebook page:
Great News! The organizers of the recent St. Louis Shroud Conference have decided that, rather than creating and maintaining a separate website, they will have all the papers and presentations permanently archived on http://www.shroud.com. We are asking all participants to submit their final papers to us by December 15th so we can include them on a new St. Louis Conference page as part of our 19th Anniversary update on January 21, 2015. Watch for our last major update of the year in early December.
Great news, indeed. Individual conference archives are always at risk. Over the years, the conference organization drifts away and no one is left to maintain the conference website and pay for storage space and bandwidth (although storage space is now cheap and bandwidth costs have all but disappeared except for large-scale video files). The issue is loving care, time consuming maintenance.
Barrie is simply the best.
What follows is a Google Translation of an announcement for a day of talks, "L’enigma della Sindone" to be held at the University of Rome on October 30, 2014. This is being sponsored by the Chemistry Department.
Note carefully the objective of this event. Note, too, some of the names familiar to readers of this blog, like Luigi Garlaschielli, Paolo Di Lazzaro and Andrea Nicolotti, people with very different takes on the shroud.
THE ENIGMA OF THE SHROUD
Science and history are wondering about the mysterious Shroud of Turin
Study day with the Round Table is open
Thursday, October 30, 2014 – 8:30 to 18:00 hours
Parravano Hall, Department of Chemistry
Sapienza University of Rome
Objectives of the event
- The event takes place before the new Exposition of the Shroud in 2015 and soon after the meeting of Bari and St. Louis dedicated to it: a look at the present thinking of the future steps.
- Discuss the different aspects that the Shroud takes the observer assigned and not assigned.
- Analytically examine how science and research have addressed the problem.
- Evaluate the reflections cultural, religious, historical problem.
Information and reservations
The event is open to all with free admission.
Participation in the buffet and the purchase of the DVD with the recording of the event is € 25.00.
Reservations must be sent to the email firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail) by Saturday, October 25, 2014.
The conference will be video recorded.
08:30 to 09:00
Registration for the Workshop
09:15 to 09:30
prof. Aldo Lagana, Director of Department of Chemistry
prof. Luigi Frati, Rector of Sapienza
prof. Giancarlo Ruocco, Pro Rector Research Sapienza
9:30 to 9:45
Introduction to the study day
prof. Luigi Campanella, Sapienza University of Rome, Chairman
09:45 to 10:15
The Shroud and the problem of "reproduction"
prof. Luigi Garlaschielli, University of Pavia
10:15 to 10:45
Characteristics of the Shroud image and attempts to play the photochemical
dr. Paolo Di Lazzaro, Enea, home to Frascati
10:45 to 11:00
Space for questions and short questions
11:00 to 11:30
11:30 to 12:00
The translation of the Mandylion from Edessa to Constantinople
prof. Philip Burgarella, University of Calabria
12:00 to 12:30
Shroud history and pseudo-history: gleanings of methodology
prof. Andrea Nicolotti, University of Turin
12:30 to 12:45
Space for questions and short questions
12:45 to 13:45
Lunch break by the organization
14:00 to 17:00
Open round table with four speakers: What stimuli and what prospects towards the solution of a historic dilemma.
Moderator chairman prof. Luigi Campanella
The panel discussion will be introduced by four short presentations of the speakers at the preliminary discussion.
Applications to be submitted must be made in writing before the start of the afternoon session.
Each questionante has 3 minutes to explain the reasons for his request.
17:00 to 17:30
“We were also disappointed by Professor Bruno Barberis’ statement that he didn’t
know when the Holy See would grant permission for new tests on the Shroud and
nothing was revealed relative to tests done in the 2002 Shroud restoration.”
On September 10th, I posted A Report on the Bari Conference written by Maria da Glóra Moreira of the Centro Português de Sindonologia. A similar report, Report on the Shroud Workshop in Bari, Italy appears on shroud.com which amplifies concerns about future testing as noted in the quotation shown above.
Bruno Barberis will be presenting in St. Louis. One of his topics is The Future of Research on the Shroud. Will we hear similar statements?
But the abstract for Professor Barberis’ paper sounds exciting and upbeat.
Nonetheless, Report on the Shroud Workshop in Bari, Italy demands your attention, also, for what else is discussed.