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2008 Annual Meeting


Meeting Begins11/22/2008
Meeting Ends11/25/2008

Call for Papers Opens: 11/17/2007
Call for Papers Closes: 2/29/2008

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Art and Religions of Antiquity

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: Art and Religions in Antiquity has three open sessions, with themes that address the representation of power and alterity in late antiquity. The first, "The Iconography of Minority Religious Groups in Late Antique Rome," will specifically address the religious art of minority groups in the Roman Empire. This organizers of this session are particularly interested in papers on the iconography of the so-called “mystery cults” or other “imported” religious movements that articulated their identity with respect to the larger, dominant ideology (including pre-Constantinian Christianity and Judaism). The second session: "The Iconography of the Border: Non-Christian/Non-Jewish Art and Artifacts in the Ancient World," is designed to draw papers from scholars of traditions other than Christianity or Judaism. Papers in this session may address the art of groups on the fringes or borders of antique society, forgotten and underrepresented traditions, including the religious iconography of the Samaritans, Sassanians, Manichaeans, and other, similar groups. The third session: “Catching the Eye: Images and Desire in Antiquity” seeks papers that consider the power of images in shaping desire and (conversely) the role of eros in religious visual art.

Program Unit Chairs

David L. Balch
Robin Jensen

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