Colloquia Theologica Ottoniana

ISSN: 1731-0555     eISSN: 2353-2998    OAI    DOI: 10.18276/cto

Basic informations

The annual journal "Colloquia Theologica Ottoniana" (abbreviated as CTO) is edited by the Institute of Theology of the University of Szczecin. The journal’s content mainly comprises original scientific articles (in Polish or one of the congress languages) in theology, canonic law, philosophy, ethics, psychology, pedagogy or sociology. Apart from articles, CTO presents polemics, critical reviews of recently published books and reports on momentous scientific events.

The CTO journal is registered in the following indexes:

  • The Central European Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (CEJSH),
  • Central and Eastern European Online Library (CEEOL),
  • DOAJ,
  • Index Copernicus,
  • BazHum.

The admission of texts is conducted on a continuous basis. The Journal is paper-published, being its original version, as well as in electronic form at the platform of the Szczecin University Press. We kindly invite all interested parties to submit papers within the scientific disciplines promoted by CTO and ensure that we shall strive to maintain the highest publishing standards.

Journal's history

In 1991-2000 the periodical „Szczecin Ecclesial Studies” under the auspices of the Archbishop Seminary of Theology in Szczecin was issued. The journal “Colloquia Theologica Ottoniana” became this series’ continuation, established on 1st July 2001 in connection with the commencement of preparation works aimed to open the Faculty of Theology at the University of Szczecin. Since its establishment, CTO journal was published within the Theological Seminary of Szczecin which was then affiliated to the Faculty of Theology of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan.

The agreement between the Government of the Republic of Poland and the Conference of Polish Episcopate on the establishment and functioning of the Faculty of Theology of the University of Szczecin was concluded in Warsaw on January 9, 2004. "Colloquia Theologica Ottoniana" promptly became an important element of the newly-established faculty and gave its academic teachers an impulse to carry out intensified research work.

The first three CTO’s issues were published in the form of the annual, in 2004-2019 the journal became bi-annual and since 2020 it has been published again as the annual.

The CTO’s first editor-in-chief was prof. US, dr hab. Piotr Briks (2001-2007). In 2008 his post was taken up by prof. US, dr hab. Grzegorz Wejman (2008-2019).

Journal’s patron

The journal’s patron is Otto von Bamberg, a saint bishop living at the turn of 11th and 12th Century whose apostolic work was connected with the area currently covered by the scientific research of the University of Szczecin. Otto von Bamberg was born in approx 1060 in Franconia. He arrived to Poland in 1080 while assisting Heinrich von Wülzburg, the later archbishop of Gniezno. In 1088 he entered the court of duke Władysław I Herman in Płock.   

On his return to Germany, he became the chaplain and court chancellor of the emperor Heinrich IV and was ordained a bishop of Bamberg in 1102. He was an able administrator and a committed priest. Otto von Bamberg made a name for himself by establishing numerous monasteries. Thus he merited the name of "Father of the Monks".

He returned to Poland in 1124 by the invitation of the duke Bolesław III Krzywousty. Through Wrocław, Kalisz and Gniezno he reached West Pomerania, where he commenced his evangelistic mission. On his way to Pyrzyce, he met a Pomeranian duke Warcisław I. In Pyrzyce he was received with great enthusiasm which resulted in mass baptism of people inhabiting Pomerania. Approximately seven thousand Pomeranians is said to be had been baptized within twenty days of his preaching. The similar situation occurred in Kamień Pomorski. It was only Wolin where Otto von Bamberg met with disapproval. He was beaten and forced to leave the city. He left for Szczecin where he acquired new Christians – the motivation for many people to be baptized was probably the fear of repressions by the duke Bolesław Krzywousty.

Otto von Bamberg was a talented scholar who spoke Polish very well. His two mission journeys resulted in combining his religious and moral instructions he directed to Pomeranians. He banned cruel heathen customs, widely practiced within the region.   

Upon the completion of his mission in Pomerania, the bishop returned to Bamberg where he died in 1139. In 1189 he was canonized by the pope Clemens III. He is the patron of the Pomeranian city of Pyrzyce, the Archdioceses of Szczecin-Kamień Pomorski, Bamberg and Berlin. 

Saint Otto von Bamberg was elected the patron of our journal because he was not only good and wise man, but also a committed priest seeking truth. Reaching the truth has always been perceived as the most valuable and precious aim of the scientific research. It is also consistent with the Plato and Aristotle’s concept of science where the satisfaction from acquiring knowledge is deemed the researcher’s highest award - scire propter scire ("to know for knowing itself").