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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

Mysticism, Esotericism, and Gnosticism in Antiquity


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: We have an open call for papers for an open session on topics related to mysticism, esotericism, and gnosticism in antiquity. We also have planned three special sessions. One special session will be devoted to Jewish esoteric groups in antiquity. Featured in this session will be reviews of Michael Stone, Secret Groups in Ancient Judaism (Oxford), and Charles Häberl and James McGrath, The Mandaean Book of John (De Gruyter). Paper submissions for this session are open. The second special session will be a joint session with the AAR group on Western Esotericism. The theme for this session will be the "Modern Use of Ancient Texts and Artifacts." This session will explore the reuse of ancient texts and artifacts in the western reception history of mysticism, esotericism, and gnosticism from the Greco-Roman world. It will emphasize adaptation, not just transmission, including both the medieval and modern periods. Paper submissions for this session are open. Another special session will be on Jewish magic and mysticism. This session is organized around the work of Michael Swartz's book, The Mechanics of Providence: The Workings of Ancient Jewish Magic and Mysticism (Mohr Siebeck).

Program Unit Chairs

April D. DeConick
Grant Adamson

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