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2018 Annual Meeting

Denver, CO

Meeting Begins11/17/2018
Meeting Ends11/21/2018

Call for Papers Opens: 12/18/2017
Call for Papers Closes: 3/6/2018

Requirements for Participation

Violence and Representations of Violence in Antiquity

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: Violence and Representations of Violence in Antiquity is sponsoring the following panels in 2018: 1) Hegemonic Anxieties: This panel invites papers that explore fears or anxieties held by members of a dominant culture, race, or group about being Othered, attacked, persecuted, or otherwise harmed by marginalized or subaltern groups. In other words, hegemonic anxieties refers to situations where the oppressor comes to fear the oppressed, where the majority fears a (powerless) minority. Papers for this panel can examine either ancient texts/events or the ways in which ancient texts/events have been used in modernity in contexts of hegemonic anxiety. 2) Religious Violence, Trauma, and Humanity’s Search for Security (Co-sponsored with AAR’s Comparative Approaches to Religion and Violence group): Theological ideas, rhetoric, and symbolism are frequently harnessed to justify violent efforts to secure human life and/or to secure a particular group of humans’ desired lifestyle(s). Religious violence can likewise erupt as both a cause and a consequence of the traumas – including, but not limited to, emotional violations, socio-cultural oppressions, and political injuries (both real and imagined) – experienced by individuals, groups, and even entire societies. Yet experts in trauma studies and security studies rarely convene to discuss the impact of religion on their respective fields together. This panel aims to inspire such a discussion, and is particularly interested in the ways that the categories of “trauma” and “security” are complicated, interrogated, and challenged by the complexities of religious violence. Proposals may discuss historical as well as contemporary concerns, and may be constructed from the perspective of either trauma studies or security studies, or both fields collectively. Broad and creative thinking about the multivalent meanings and representations of “trauma,” “security,” and “religious violence” – as both concrete and existential phenomena - is

Program Unit Chairs

Cavan Concannon
Christine Luckritz Marquis

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