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2018 International Meeting

Helsinki, Finland

Meeting Begins: 7/30/2018
Meeting Ends: 8/3/2018

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: 10/18/2017
Call For Papers Closes: 2/14/2018
Requirements for Participation

Pleasure in Early Christian and Jewish Literature (EABS)


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: While recent decades have witnessed an increasing scholarly interest in pleasure in the fields of classics and ancient philosophy, it has so far has received only sporadic attention within the study of Jewish and Christian antiquity. This thematic session invites participants to extend the academic study of pleasure to the full spectrum of early Christian and Jewish sources. The topic may be approached with diverse methods and from a wide variety of perspectives. Possible areas to discuss include but are not limited to: - Legitimate and illegitimate pleasures - Receptions of anti-/hedonist rhetoric and argumentation - The role of pleasure in moral instruction - Pleasures of religious practice -Pleasure in the garden of Eden/in afterlife - Pleasures of food/sex/comfort

Program Unit Chairs

Siiri Toiviainen

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