Search SBL

Meeting Program Units

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

Religious Competition in Late Antiquity

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The first session, co-sponsored with the Social-Scientific Criticism of the New Testament Unit, addresses the topic of "Social Network Theory and Competition." We invite proposals for papers that consider the mechanisms and processes that make early religious groups successful and competitive on the religious landscape of the Roman Empire. Preference will be given to papers that explicitly engage with Social Network Theory. For our second session and in collaboration with the Christian Apocrypha Unit, we invite papers that focus on competition in apocryphal Christian writings; for example, around issues of authority, interpretation, cult practice, etc. Furthermore, given the heightened cultural awareness of sexual assault and toxic masculinities, we are particularly interested in the ways that competing understandings of these concepts find expression in the Christian Apocrypha. Our third session examines the topic of asceticism in religious competition. We invite papers that look at how ascetic behavior functioned as a competitive practice for various Jewish, Christian, and other Mediterranean religious traditions. We are especially interested in papers that utilize sociological or psychological theories of asceticism to redescribe texts, practices, or material evidence for such practices.

Program Unit Chairs

Gregg E. Gardner
Lily C. Vuong

Propose a Paper for this Program Unit

If you are a SBL member, you must login before you can propose a paper for this or any other session. Please login by entering your SBL member number on the left in the Login box.

For all other persons wanting to propose a paper, you must communicate directly with the chair of the program unit to which you want to propose. Chairs have the responsibility to make waiver requests, and their email addresses are available above. SBL provides membership and meeting registration waivers only for scholars who are outside the disciplines covered by the SBL program, specifically most aspects of archaeological, biblical, religious, and theological studies.

Questions About Membership?

  • Call 866-727-9955 Toll Free in the US
  • Call 404-727-9498 Outside the US
  • Fax us at 404-727-2419
  • Email us at


© 2024, Society of Biblical Literature. All Rights Reserved.