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2017 Annual Meeting

Boston, MA

Meeting Begins11/18/2017
Meeting Ends11/21/2017

Call for Papers Opens: 12/19/2016
Call for Papers Closes: 3/7/2017

Requirements for Participation

Greco-Roman Religions

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Greco-Roman Religions Section invites papers for two open sessions. The first session focuses on the ongoing work towards the book project, “Redescribing Cult Formation in the Early Imperial Era. Discourse, Invention, Material Religion.” For the 2017 session, the project coordinators encourage proposals that bring together theoretical perspectives and case studies in an integrated systemic analysis and critique, while also exploring the benefits and potential of the strategies developed in the course of the project to help make the intended volume more impactful and provocative of further research. Successful proposals will interact with the theoretical topoi as set out in the project description, including diasporic identity formations, spatial conceptions of the sacred and social positionality and New Religious Movements, and construct “thick” redescriptive theorizing of ancient cult formations in accordance with the theoretical framework set out above. Please consult the full project description at For the second session, “Interpreting ‘Religion’ in the Mediterranean World: Issues in Historiography of Greco-Roman Religious Discourses,” papers are invited that that explore, investigate, and/or theorize the contribution from material evidence, artefactual remains, and material contexts for our understanding of religions in the Greek and Roman worlds; especially focusing on contextual practices as they relate to wider encompassing social, cultural and religious discourses, encouraging a “thick” description and analysis of specific cults (inter alia in terms of 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. Younger scholars, PhD candidates, and post-doctoral researchers are particularl

Program Unit Chairs

Gerhard van den Heever

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