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2020 Annual Meeting

Virtual Meeting

Meeting Begins11/29/2020
Meeting Ends12/11/2020

Call for Papers Opens: 1/7/2020
Call for Papers Closes: 3/11/2020

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Violence and Representations of Violence in Antiquity

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: 1) Religion, Violence, and Xenophobia: Fear of the “other” has been and continues to be a frequent contributor to violence. We seek papers addressing any intersection of xenophobia and violence from antiquity/late antiquity to our present moment. What constituted xenophobia in the past and/or in the present? Is xenophobia a form of violence? Or rather, does xenophobia lead to or exacerbate violence, and if so in what ways? Jointly sponsored with AAR's Comparative Approaches to Violence. 2)Violence in the Afterlife: This is an invited panel. Panelists will explore how violence and/or violent death shape the body's afterlife in various religious contexts. 3) The Afterlives of Trauma: affects and narratives in transmission: We invite papers that address how trauma, in its aftermath, is felt and narrated (or avoided), and how these responses shape its experience. How do the affective and/or narrative dynamics of trauma unfold on both the subjective and collective levels? How can the combination of our evidence and our interpretative frameworks best and most ethically address these complex processes of suffering? Papers that explore the methodology of such transmissions, and the coding and re-coding of these experiences are also invited.

Program Unit Chairs

Cavan Concannon
Christine Luckritz Marquis

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