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2014 Annual Meeting

San Diego, CA

Meeting Begins11/22/2014
Meeting Ends11/25/2014

Call for Papers Opens: 12/20/2013
Call for Papers Closes: 3/4/2014

Requirements for Participation

Construction of Christian Identities

Program Unit Type: Seminar
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: This Seminar is the continuation of the Section on "Construction of Christian Identities.” Our focus is on local characteristics and diversified theological tendencies, as well as organizational systems, of the early groups of followers of Jesus during the first two centuries CE (and particularly the two periods from circa 30 to circa 70 and from circa 70 to circa 150). Our research activity will be interdisciplinary, including analysis of archaeological and epigraphic data, study of the early transmission of the words of Jesus and their function inside specific groups and sub-groups, sociological analysis of the relations among such groups, network analysis, anthropological analysis of space and localization, critical examination of the concept of "community". Discussions of newly published books will remain an important activity of our Seminar. For the Meeting in San Diego we are planning three sessions: a joint session with "Jewish Christianity / Christian Judaism” on (the figure and the followers of) James the Just, the Brother of Jesus (with mostly invited papers); a session on the localization of early groups of followers of Jesus and on the "theological geography" of their distribution pre-150 CE (with mostly invited papers); and an open session, within the above described framework. While we are inviting interested scholars to send their proposals, we would like to remind prospective contributors that, given the nature of the Seminar, papers will need to be circulated in advance and will not be read, but summarized and discussed in the sessions. The publication of the papers will remain an important goal of our work.

Program Unit Chairs

Bas van Os
Edmondo F. Lupieri

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