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2014 International Meeting

Vienna, Austria

Meeting Begins: 7/6/2014
Meeting Ends: 7/10/2014

Call For Papers Opens: 10/28/2013
Call For Papers Closes: 2/12/2014
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Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: This year the Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism unit will be holding two sessions. The first of them will address the theme “Religious Experience in the Nag Hammadi Codices”. We invite proposals which examine accounts of visions, soul flights, ascents, trance, ecstasy and other “altered-states of consciousness” (ASC) experiences at Nag Hammadi. This topic can be studied from an interdisciplinary perspective, using various methodological approaches such as historical and literary criticism, philology, history of religions, cultural anthropology, cognitive science of religion, phenomenology, psychology, ritual theory, sociology, etc. The aim of this session is to develop a comprehensive interpretation of religious experience as described in the Nag Hammadi collection. The second session will feature a joint panel with the Apocalyptic Literature and the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha sections on the topic of "Apocalypticism in Late Antique Christianity: New Perspectives, Fresh Challenges." Six invited papers will discuss apocalyptic texts, themes, and traditions in Christianity from the second century CE to the rise of Islam. The discussion will be channeled towards comprehending the distinctive nature of late antique Christian apocalypticism, describing its expressions in their various social and cultural ecologies, and formulating a new understanding of its role as "apocryphal" literature and its relationship with "gnostic" categories. The goal of the session is to move towards the preparation of a comprehensive volume on the apocalypticism in late antique Christianity in light of recent scholarship.

Program Unit Chairs

 Lautaro Roig Lanzillotta
 Andre Gagne

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