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Meeting Program Units

2019 Annual Meeting

San Diego, CA

Meeting Begins11/23/2019
Meeting Ends11/26/2019

Call for Papers Opens: 12/19/2018
Call for Papers Closes: 3/6/2019

Requirements for Participation

Social History of Formative Christianity and Judaism


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The unit plans to have two open call sessions accepting papers at the 2019 meeting, accompanied by two book review panels. 1) The first open session builds on the 2018 Annual Meeting session on incarceration in late antiquity. This session is interested in papers looking at “Aftermaths of Incarceration”; papers exploring issues such as theoretical and definitional aspects of ancient incarceration, ancient policing and the control and management of incarceration, and the social, cultural, political, psychological, and religious effects/implications of incarceration in antiquity. 2) A session co-sponsored with the Religious World of Late Antiquity unit, which is an open call for graduate students who are currently writing dissertations about any dimension of late antiquity that uses a comparative methodology. The session will function as a forum in which graduate students can discuss not only “what” they are comparing, but also “how” they are doing so. Presenters will be given 15 minutes and be paired with a respondent. 3) A book review panel with invited participants, asking: What can the study of graffiti offer scholars of religion and social history? In this panel discussion, we foreground the potential rewards of incorporating ancient graffiti into our research through a discussion of Karen Stern’s Writing on the Wall: Graffiti and the Forgotten Jews of Antiquity. Scholars of Judaism, Christianity, and Mediterranean religion, culture, and archaeology will benefit from attention to this neglected source of evidence and the methodologies necessary to make use of it. 4) A book review panel on the Dublin Kephalaia, “The Chapters of the Wisdom of My Lord Mani, Part III: Pages 343-442 (Chapters 321-347)”, Iain Gardner, Jason BeDuhn, and Paul Dilley (eds.), Brill, 2018. The scholars invited to review this volume will focus on the new historical, social, and philological perspectives brought by the recovery, edition, and translation of the Dublin Kephalaia.

Program Unit Chairs

Chris de Wet
Philippa Townsend

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