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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

Religious Competition in Late Antiquity


Program Unit Type: Consultation
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: Competition requires the interaction of two or more religious or philosophical traditions. As is often the case when such groups are in constant contact with each other, it is inevitable that there would be some overlap in practices, beliefs, myths, etc. These intersections are often characterized in terms of “borrowing” or “appropriation,” with an implicit, or even explicit, negative judgment against whichever group is doing the appropriating, and often with the assumption that the newer or dominated groups appropriate from older or dominant groups. Such ascriptions have often been based on notions of cultural purity or, more recently, on notions of colonialism and resistance to colonial oppression. For this section, we are accepting papers that problematize the notion of appropriation amongst Jews, Christians, and pagans by engaging critically with matters of method and theory while analyzing a particular historical instance of cultural interpenetration.

Program Unit Chairs

Nathaniel Desrosiers

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