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Meeting Program Units

2012 Annual Meeting

Chicago, IL

Meeting Begins: 11/16/2012
Meeting Ends: 11/20/2012

Note that the deadline for paper proposals is 11:59 PM (23:59) Eastern Standard Time (UTC -5) on the day PREVIOUS to the deadline below.


Call For Papers Opens: 2/8/2012
Call For Papers Closes: 3/8/2012
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) 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 two panel sessions: one on “Divination in Ancient Mediterranean Religions” and the other on “From Temple Banks to Patron Gods: Religion, Economy, and the Investigation of Ancient Mediterranean Ritual.” For both sessions, contributions from the fields of early Christianity and Judaism are particularly encouraged. Topics for the session on divination may treat a range of divinatory phenomena, with attention to both their ritual and textual iterations. Proposals may take up, among other topics, techniques of divining, types of divinatory specialists, training, as well as methods of divinatory participation, technologies or materials of divination, or critical assessments of ancient commentaries on divination. Papers should examine concrete literary, archaeological or other documentary examples, and engage relevant methodological and/or theoretical issues concerning the history and interpretation of divination. Our other session seeks to build on the rich scholarly tradition which investigates the intersection between ritual practice and economic realities in the ancient Mediterranean world. We are particularly interested in papers suggesting new theoretical and methodological pathways forward, or which bring an economic perspective to rituals not yet been explored in this light. Possible foci include but are not limited to: sanctuaries as economic nodes, the social and economic dynamics of priesthoods, evidence for rituals devoted to ensuring economic success, and the function of koina operating under divine protection.

Program Unit Chairs

Barbette Stanley Spaeth
Eric Orlin
Jeffrey Brodd

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