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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

Religious Experience in Antiquity

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Religious Experience in Antiquity section will be sponsoring three sessions this year. (1) The first is a joint session with Mind, Society and Religion in the Biblical World that will engage Patrick McNamara’s Neuroscience of Religious Experience (Cambridge, 2009). McNamara's book examines the neurocognitive basis of emotion, ritual, self-construction, and religious language and concepts as they relate to religious experience. This is not a review session per se, but rather a session that either applies some aspect of McNamara’s work to particular ancient texts and movements, or critiques its relevance to ancient religion. We invite papers that will engage aspects of McNamara's work as they relate to the experience of religion in antiquity. Papers will also be peer reviewed for possible publication in a special issue of Religion, Brain, and Behavior. (2) The second session is jointly sponsored with the Qumran section. This invited session will focus especially on discussing the new insights that the integrative Religious Experience approaches can offer on the sectarian literature from Qumran. Five 20 minute papers on this topic with a respondent are planned. (3) The third session is an open call for papers on any topic related to Religious Experience in Antiquity.

Program Unit Chairs

Angela Kim Harkins
Colleen Shantz

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