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2014 International Meeting

Vienna, Austria

Meeting Begins: 7/6/2014
Meeting Ends: 7/10/2014

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: 10/28/2013
Call For Papers Closes: 2/12/2014
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Ancient Near East

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The ancient Near East section explores the texts and material culture of the ancient world, especially Egypt, the Levant, Anatolia, and Mesopotamia from the birth of writing through the Hellenistic period. Our aim is to study the ancient world with a variety of methods and from a variety of perspectives—anthropological, archaeological, art-historical, economic, legal, literary, philological, sociohistorical, etc. We welcome work that reads the literature or material culture of one region against another, as well as work that is more limited in scope. Each year, we anticipate hosting two panels: one devoted to any aspect of the study of the ancient Near East, and one focussing on a more narrowly defined theme, region, approach, or time period. This year, in addition to papers on any aspect of the study of the ancient Near East, we welcome papers on religious spaces and structures. Such papers might treat religious spaces within the sphere of the household, those at the local level of clans and towns, or those of national and international significance. They might also take up the imagined spaces of the mythic past or of realms beyond the material world. Papers focussing on literature and material culture are equally welcome, as are those that engage theoretical literature on ritual and space and those that do not.

Program Unit Chairs

Stephen C. Russell

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