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Meeting Program Units

2011 Annual Meeting

San Francisco, CA

Meeting Begins11/19/2011
Meeting Ends11/22/2011

Call for Papers Opens: 1/25/2011
Call for Papers Closes: 3/4/2011

Requirements for Participation

Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions


Program Unit Type: Affiliate
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions (SAMR: http://socamr.wikispaces.com) invites scholars and students of the religions of the ancient Mediterranean world, including Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Near Eastern and Anatolian religions, as well as early Christianity and Judaism, to submit abstracts for its panel sessions at the 2011 SBL meeting.

Our first topic, “The Book and the Rock: Textual and Material Evidence in the Study of Ancient Religion” will consider occasions in which an emphasis on written evidence might have led us to understand a religious phenomenon in one way that was subsequently modified, enlarged or overturned by archaeological evidence. Papers should treat concrete examples of such cases, while raising methodological issues about consonance, conflict, and complementarity where different types of evidence are concerned.

The second topic, “The Journey in Ancient Mediterranean Religions” will consider the role of both real and imagined journeys in ancient religions. Papers will cover such phenomena as pilgrimage, religious tourism, and mythological voyages of heroes and gods, and comparative approaches are particularly encouraged. Submitters of abstracts must be members of the SBL, but not necessarily of SAMR.

Program Unit Chairs

Barbette Stanley Spaeth
Eric Orlin

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