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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

Archaeology of Religion in the Roman World

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Archaeology of Religion in the Roman World section solicits proposals in the following areas. 1) The size and character of Jewish population groups in the ancient Mediterranean world. Possible themes include: population size, migration and homogeneity, fertility, mortality, and legal status (esp. marriage and slavery). Priority will be given to proposals that connect these themes with religious, social, and/or political developments. The primary temporal focus is on the Roman period but we will also consider proposals dealing with other periods (Hellenistic, Late Antiquity, Byzantine). 2) A panel discussion on the issues surrounding the scholarly use of unprovenienced archaeological artifacts and the ramifications for SBL policy in research and publications. Many of these artifacts are products of clandestine excavations and have been exported from their countries of origin in violation of international treaties. Since the SBL has traditionally welcomed and fostered conference papers and publications on archaeological materials, but has no express policy on the use of unprovenienced materials, this panel will explore the issue by engaging a discussion about best practice among members of sister organizations that have developed explicit policies. 3) Open call, particularly proposals that promote examination of archaeological and art historical materials associated with religious activity in the Roman period. Proposals related to ancient Judaism and early Christianity are welcome, as is attention to polytheistic practices and expressions.

Program Unit Chairs

John R. Lanci
James C. Walters

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