The Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Conference (PMR) hosted for nearly 40 years by Villanova University has established a national reputation. "Finding its natural center in philosophy, theology, and intellectual history, but keeping the door open to the breadth of study in the field, the PMR has maintained a solid place in the academic community". In recent years, PMR has focused on refiguring its conference themes and structure in order to adhere with the demands of 21st century scholarship. This has included the development of an interdisciplinary and dialogical approach to the conference proceedings. "The conference offers an open call for papers, and keeps its primary focus as a “working conference,” one in which feedback and dialogue are central, in which the great mix of disciplines and areas enriches our study". This importance of dialogue is key to the PMR conference as extends into the plenary sessions thereby drawing various conversations together.