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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

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Greco-Roman Religions

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Greco-Roman Religions Section invites papers for three open sessions. The first, “Twilights of Greek and Roman Religions" co-sponsored with the Religious World of Late Antiquity Section and Society of Ancient Mediterranean Religions. Papers are invited that investigate the varied and multiple afterlives of Greek and Roman religions in the Mediterranean world into Late Antiquity. A special emphasis is placed on the different trajectories into a post-classical religious world, in terms of continuities and discontinuities as part of broader processes, as well as intersectionalities, that is, not only a focus on individual cultic formations and discourses, but also the intersection of these processes with larger cultural shifts, and demographic changes. The second session is co-sponsored with the Cultic Personnel in the Biblical World Section and the Hellenistic Judaism Section on the topic, “Making Priests: Intersections of Discourse and Practice in the Hellenistic and Greco-Roman Eastern Mediterranean.” This open call for papers seeks proposals focusing on discourses and practices that embed cultic personnel and their functions in particular social and political contexts. It is interested in studies of the various agents involved in the making of cults, including ruler cults, such as cultic personnel, para-cultic role players like freelance religious experts, or entrepreneurial smaller-scale cultic practitioners. For the third session, “Interpreting Greek and Roman ‘Religions’ in Context in the Mediterranean World,” papers are invited that that interpret the material evidence and material contexts towards understanding religions in the Greek and Roman worlds; especially focusing on contextual practices as they relate to wider encompassing discourses, encouraging a “thick” description and analysis of specific cults. Papers will be available beforehand from Gerhard van den Heever, See full call for papers at https://greco-romanreligion.blogspot.

Program Unit Chairs

Gerhard van den Heever

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