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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

Greco-Roman Religions

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The 2014 Call for Papers of the Greco-Roman Religions Section of the SBL solicits papers for its open panel session that focus on one of the various, geographically disparate cults of Demeter. The panel intends to consider the cults of Demeter as a case study for examining critically how the deployment of different theories and methods by scholars of ancient Mediterranean religion(s) both help and limit our understanding of the past. Successful paper proposals will select components from various aspects of a specific cult (e.g. spatial orientation, architecture, cult economics, polis-connections, organization, practice, ritual paraphernalia, myth) as comparanda in a comparative exploration of the continuities and discontinuities between cultic institutions devoted to Demeter, especially in reference to the most famous of all, Eleusis. The Greco-Roman Religions Section’s second, Redescribing Session, turns to the third of its proposed foci, soliciting papers that theorize the question of the soma as a modality of the sacred or analyze examples of somatizing practices, examples that provoke the question how religion functions as a discourse performed on the body and by means of the body in all kinds of performance contexts and purposes. Examples may include the use of soma as a metaphor, the understanding of the body as corpse or underworld presence (practices that show that the living assume that the rituals they perform at grave sites can be efficacious for the dead), the phenomena of stigmata, or dress and bodily adornment in the context of the sacred.

Program Unit Chairs

James Constantine Hanges

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