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2013 Annual Meeting

Baltimore, MD

Meeting Begins: 11/23/2013
Meeting Ends: 11/26/2013

Call For Papers Opens: 12/15/2012
Call For Papers Closes: 3/1/2013
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Religious World of Late Antiquity


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: For the SBL Annual Meeting 2013 RWLA calls for proposals in two subjects: 1. Constructions of Poverty and the Poor in Late Antiquity // Poverty and charity are both realities, but they are also constructions and in some cases, ideals.  How do the ever-changing religious institutions of late antiquity situate themselves in relation to poverty and charity, and how does this affect the actuality of giving over time?  How do the definitions of poverty change, and who makes those definitions?  What is the social meaning of being poor or among ‘the poor?’  What is the ideal relationship between giver and receiver? How do  religious ideals of poverty or charity effect community economics and politics?  Are the recipients of charity always poor?  And, with consideration of Peter Brown's “Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD,” what happens at the intersection of wealth, poverty and charity? 2. A Paideia Proposal: Theories of Education in Late Antiquity // How did adherents of late antique religions conceive of, impart, and transform religious knowledge?  What tools and techniques did they use? Was education a tool of social mobility, or a guarded marker of elite privilege?  Are there gendered or social distinctions in modes of education or the educational levels toward which an individual might aspire? How was mastery assessed? We welcome proposals on the methods, tools, and locations associated with religious education; theoretical discussions of social, cultural, religious, literary, gender or technical formation; legislation and contracts relevant to apprenticeship/discipleship. (Co-sponsored with Social History of Formative Judaism and Christianity - please submit your single proposal to both Units).

Program Unit Chairs

 Shira L. Lander
 Naomi Koltun-Fromm

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