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2018 International Meeting

Helsinki, Finland

Meeting Begins7/30/2018
Meeting Ends8/3/2018

Call for Papers Opens: 10/18/2017
Call for Papers Closes: 2/14/2018

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Citizens and Aliens in Greco-Roman Antiquity (EABS)

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: Citizenship and its criteria were redefined many times during the Roman rule in the Mediterranean area. In the conquests and crises, new ideas of defining the good members of Roman society emerged. The Constitutio Antoniniana by Emperor Caracalla in 212 granted citizenship to all free provincials. Philosophers and orators cherished the idea of cosmopolitan citizenship. Recognition of loyal Roman citizens/subjects in terms of religion became more emphatic from the early 3rd century CE onwards and this continued in the course of the Christianization of the Empire. We welcome papers on the theme “Citizens and Aliens in the Roman Empire”. The theme is widely understood with topics ranging from the Roman citizenship, the intertwining of ‘political’ and ‘religious’ spheres, and the markers of loyalty to early Christian and Jewish discourses of citizenship, also the heavenly citizenship, philosophical and juridical discourses of local and universal citizenships, as well as discussions on the altering religious criteria of citizenship and exclusion and alienation.

Program Unit Chairs

Maijastina Kahlos
Joona Salminen

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