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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

Requirements for Participation

Greco-Roman Religions

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The open session of the Greco-Roman Religions Section, "Hybridization and Creolization in the Greek and Roman Worlds," invites papers that continue the Section’s focus on post-colonial criticism applied to the ancient Mediterranean world, especially papers exploring issues of hybridization and creolization raised by social mobility and consequent encounters with new cult communities, new customs and cultic practices, and the reciprocal negotiations of place and identity generated between the affected groups. The Session welcomes papers that approach these phenomena on the basis of literary, epigraphical, or archaeological evidence, from the full range of methodological perspectives, and especially papers exploring these issues in dialog with such thinkers as E. Said, H. Bhabha, E. Hobsbawm,P. Bourdieu, E. K. Braithwaite, W. Harris, J. Clifford among others. The closed session of the Greco-Roman Religions Section, entitled "Redescribing Graeco-Roman Antiquity: Divinity: Making Gods," continues the series of successive Redescribing Graeco-Roman Antiquity sessions begun in 2005 designed to investigate possible useful frameworks for a more fully conceptualized practice of redescriptive scholarship on Graeco-Roman ‘religious’ antiquity, the goal of which is to bring theoretically informed contemporary redescriptive scholarship, having a metatheoretically aware conceptualization of ‘religion’ as an ‘artificially’ constructed category, to bear on the study of religion in antiquity. The theme for the 2008 panel is Divinity: Making Gods, and focuses on the way in which ‘religion/s’ and divinities in the Graeco-Roman world can be said to be ‘conceptual metaphors’ for an array of other, very human, processes, that is, as rhetorical and symbolic interventions, and conceived as such in self-reflexive scholarship. For more information contact Gerhard van den Heever,

Program Unit Chairs

James Constantine Hanges

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