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Meeting Program Units

2017 Annual Meeting

Boston, MA

Meeting Begins: 11/18/2017
Meeting Ends: 11/21/2017

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: 12/19/2016
Call For Papers Closes: 3/8/2017
Requirements for Participation

Social History of Formative Christianity and Judaism


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: For the 2017 Annual Meeting, we are planning four sessions. The first, cosponsored with Religious World of Late Antiquity, will be a pre-arranged session on David Frankfurter’s book, Christianizing Egypt: Syncretism and Local Worlds (forthcoming from Princeton University Press). For the three open sessions, we invite proposals on the following themes: 1. Letters (to be co-sponsored with the Papyrology and Early Christian Backgrounds Section). We welcome proposals that address any aspect of letters and their use in Early Christianity and/or Rabbinic Judaism. These might discuss individual papyri, describe types or genres of letters, or explore how letters illuminate larger questions relating to the social and cultural history of early Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism. 2. Natural disasters. We invite proposals that engage with any aspect of plagues, catastrophes, epidemics, etc. These might include descriptions of specific calamities, efforts (both practical and ritual) aimed at disaster remediation, as well as attempts at rationalization and the derivation of meaning. We particularly welcome proposals that engage with disaster theory. 3. Garbage. We invite proposals that engage with the topic of refuse and/or waste in its manifold material forms as well as in its conceptualization. We especially welcome proposals that reflect upon the category of the disposable or rejected.

Program Unit Chairs

Chris de Wet
Blake Leyerle

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