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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

Greco-Roman Religions

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Greco-Roman Religions Section invites papers for its open session, “Founding Things Cultic,” dealing with the founding, reformation, and relocation of cults, cult sites, and facilities in the Greco-Roman world and the processes and narratives that accompany these innovations. The Section’s closed session, “Redescribing Greco-Roman Antiquity: Theorizing Cult Foundations,” present a panel responding to the newly published book by James Constantine Hanges, Paul, Founder of Churches (Mohr Siebeck, 2011). The panel will explore and evaluate redescriptive theorizing of cult formations in the Greco-Roman world with particular focus on the apostle Paul as cult founder. The Section also invites papers for two joint sessions with the Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions (SAMR: The first session, “The Book and the Rock: Textual and Material Evidence in the Study of Ancient Religion” considers 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 session, “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; comparative approaches are particularly encouraged.

Program Unit Chairs

James Constantine Hanges

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