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Meeting Program Units

2020 Annual Meeting

Boston, MA

Meeting Begins11/21/2020
Meeting Ends11/24/2020

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

Requirements for Participation

Early Christianity and the Ancient Economy


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Early Christianity and Ancient Economy program unit examines economic aspects of early Christian groups from the first to the fifth century CE, understood within the broader context of the economies of the Roman Empire and its provinces. “Economy” is construed broadly to consist of the production, transmission, and consumption of goods and services, as well as the social, political, and ideological conditions associated with particular economic systems. We invite papers exploring aspects of the economic organization of early Christian assemblies and Rome and its provinces, as well as those critically assessing the theoretical frameworks (e.g., economic anthropology, régulation theory, New Institutional Economics) and concepts (e.g., class, labor, exploitation, gender, ethnicity) used in the study of the economic history of the Mediterranean basin in antiquity. For the 2020 annual meeting, papers that focus on labor are particularly welcome.

Program Unit Chairs

Agnes Choi
Thomas R. Blanton IV

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