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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

Requirements for Participation

Redescribing Christian Origins

Program Unit Type: Seminar
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: Imagining/Inventing Christian Origins | Intersections with Material Culture Redescribing Christian Origins invites paper proposals for two panels, broadly conceived. The first asks how the category of “origins” has played a role in the history of scholarship on Christianity. What social interests are served by origins-related discourses in early Christian social formations? The second seeks papers that explore how discourses in material culture— particularly in Rome—can contribute to our data sets, theories, and methods in the study of early Christianity. One area of particular interest is whether and how material culture as discourse has been under appreciated in the field. Panels at the SBL 2020 meeting will be comprised of a combination of invited papers and those selected from the CFP. Each panel will consist of 3 or 4 papers and a respondent. The structure of these sessions is in the tradition of a seminar, with each participant receiving constructive feedback from both the panel and the group as a whole. Papers should represent well-developed and high-level research projects and will be pre-circulated/made available to the Redescribing listserv no later than September 2020. If you wish to be added to our listserv, or for any other questions or concerns, please contact Robyn Walsh (robyn_walsh[at] or Matt Baldwin (mbaldwin[at]

Program Unit Chairs

Matthew C. Baldwin
Robyn Faith Walsh

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