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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

Redescribing Early Christianity

Program Unit Type: Seminar
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Redescribing Seminar continues its inquiry into the intellectual and writing culture of antiquity as a context for Christian origins in 2017 with two sessions devoted to the topic of “anti-, pseudo-, and lying intellectuals.” Similarly, how do accusations or claims of lying, dishonesty, or pretense function in ancient discourses, and with what implications for ancient Christian literature? The seminar invites paper proposals that deal creatively with intellectual practices of deception among ancient philosophers, historians, religious figures, and other writers, with a view to identifying analogous features of ancient Christian writings, whether canonical or not. Papers will only be summarized, not presented, at the two sessions, so those making proposals should be prepared to submit their completed papers by the end of October. Questions or requests to be on the mailing list for pre-circulated papers may be sent to William Arnal ( or Erin Roberts (

Program Unit Chairs

Erin Roberts
William E. Arnal

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