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Meeting Program Units

2016 Annual Meeting

San Antonio, TX

Meeting Begins11/19/2016
Meeting Ends11/22/2016

Call for Papers Opens: 12/16/2015
Call for Papers Closes: 3/1/2016

Requirements for Participation

Art and Religions of Antiquity

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Art and Religions in Antiquity program unit is sponsoring three sessions at the 2016 annual meeting and co-sponsoring one session with the Jewish Christianity/Christian Judaism program unit, including TWO OPEN SESSIONS. 1) Art and Destruction: The Art and Religions of Antiquity program unit invites papers focused on Art and Destruction. For this session, we seek papers that treat topics concerning the removal, desecration, or destruction of art and material culture and its historical impact and relevance. Papers that treat the destruction of ancient art in recent years are also most welcome. 2) Art and Religion of Ancient Syria: For this session we seek presentations that address the role of art and material culture as it relates to Syria, broadly construed, in antiquity or late antiquity. Presentations that emphasize regionally distinctive monuments, artifacts, structures, manuscripts, and rituals are most welcome, along with recently discovered materials. For inquiries about best practices regarding matters of provenance, please consult with representatives of the SBL Council’s Task Force on the Use of Ancient Artifacts. 3) Our unit is sponsoring a session devoted to Dura-Europos, specifically centered around the publication of a new book by Michael Peppard, The World's Oldest Church: Bible, Art, and Ritual at Dura-Europos, Syria (Yale, 2016). This session will include invited panelists responding on aspects of ritual, art history, and theology related to Dura-Europos. 4) Our final session, Identity in Late Antique Syria: Jewish-Christians, Philosophers, and Prophets will be co-sponsored with the Jewish Christianity/Christian Judaism program unit. It will be centered around a new book by Zsuzsanna Gulacsi, Mani’s Pictures: The Didactic Images of the Manichaeans from Sasanian Mesopotamia to Uygur Central Asia and Tang-Ming China (Brill, 2015), and comprised of invited speakers

Program Unit Chairs

Felicity Harley-McGowan
Lee M. Jefferson

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