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Meeting Program Units

2016 Annual Meeting

San Antonio, TX

Meeting Begins: 11/19/2016
Meeting Ends: 11/22/2016

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: 12/16/2015
Call For Papers Closes: 3/2/2016
Requirements for Participation

Violence and Representations of Violence in Antiquity


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: Violence and Representations of Violence in Antiquity is sponsoring the following panels in 2016: 1) Violent Spectacles and Religion. (Co-sponsored with AAR’s Comparative Approaches to Religion and Violence group) Papers might address spectacles ranging from Assyrian battle murals to Christian martyr narratives and their depictions in art, to war and atrocity memorials to contemporary ISIL beheading videos. Analyses should reflect religious and historical imagination and conceivably awareness of cogent theories in art history, sociology, or psychology. 2) Frames of Violence at the Intersections of Ancient and Modern. This panel draws on ancient materials to think about and engage with the pressing problem of violence in the contemporary world, focusing especially on the use of violence as propaganda, framing of violent acts to define some victims as more human or worthy of attention than others, the invocation of older traditions or texts as a frame for violence, and the use of violence to disseminate ideologically constructed realities. 3) Gender and Violence in Antiquity. (Co-sponsored with the Women in the Biblical World group). From the masculinizing of martyrs to the metaphoric rape of feminized nations in Roman art and biblical prophets, gender and violence often coalesce in ancient religion. This panel invites papers to investigate the intersection of these two themes in ancient religious artifacts (textual and material).

Program Unit Chairs

Cavan Concannon
Kimberly Stratton

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