Colloquium


Colloquy is a polysemic concept; however, its meanings are somehow related to a similar theme. One of them refers to the conversation that occurs between two or more people. Also, those meetings in which a limited number of people discuss a particular topic are called a colloquium. Similarly, they are those dissertations, conferences or presentations in which a group of individuals, experts in the field, are ready to discuss a matter of relevance to their field of study. Finally, it is about those literary compositions in dialogue, which are distinguished by not being related to the theater in any way.

This word originates from the Greek word “colloquium”, which can be translated as “conversation”; This term is composed of a series of affixes that guide its meaning, the prefix being “co-“ (union), the verb is “loqui” (to speak) and the suffix is ​​“ium”, used to refer that it is a noun. Since classical antiquity, important colloquia have been held between figures of ecclesiastical or religious, political, social and economic authority. Examples of them are the Cascar Colloquium, in Mesopotamia, in which Bishops Archelaus and Manes participated, in addition to the Berma Colloquium, which took place in 1588, between Catholics and reformists.

At some point in history, colloquiums were reserved exclusively for discussions of religion. This, with the passage of time, was changing, until it extended to science and the multitude of fields that make it up.