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2013 Annual Meeting

Baltimore, MD

Meeting Begins: 11/23/2013
Meeting Ends: 11/26/2013

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: 12/15/2012
Call For Papers Closes: 3/1/2013
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Religious Experience in Antiquity

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The RelEx section will be holding three sessions this year. The first is a review of Angela Harkins, /Reading with an "I" to the Heavens: Looking at the Qumran Hodayot through the Lens of Visionary Traditions/ (DeGruyter, 2012), with invited panelists. The two remaining sessions are open: I. For a joint session with the section on "Senses and Culture in the Biblical World" we invite papers on "Sensory Perception and Religious Experience." Frequently, religious experiences are bodily, in so far as they engage the senses. Stimulation of the senses may also generate religious experience. In turn, when practitioners report on religious experiences, they frequently use sensory language to describe them. This joint session welcomes paper submissions which focus on one or more of these phenomena at the intersection of religious experience and sensory perception in antiquity. The abstract should state the paper's thesis and outline the approach that will be taken. II. For this session we invite paper proposals on baptism. Especially well-suited proposals will address how ancient reports, descriptions and sites of baptism speak to phenomenal experience. We also welcome papers that take an interdisciplinary approach to the topic: e.g., anthropology, archaeology, sociology, and/ or neuropsychology, etc..

Program Unit Chairs

Angela Kim Harkins
Colleen Shantz

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