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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

Contextualizing North African Christianity


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: This year, we are sponsoring three sessions. We invite proposals for the session entitled Prophets and Prophecy in North African Christianity. Submissions may examine either the reception of biblical prophets (books or individuals) or the phenomenon of prophecy then current in North Africa. Papers may focus on a single text or author, or trace a character or theme through a variety of sources. The second session will continue our professional seminar series designed to better equip scholars of North African Christianity and Religion in Late Antiquity more broadly in the use of material culture in their research and teaching. This year’s session will focus on epigraphy. It will feature invited papers by experienced scholars in the epigraphy and material culture of North Africa, concluding with a panel discussion and Q&A. Our final session is co-sponsored with the AAR Augustine and Augustinianisms Unit. This will be an interview with James K. A. Smith on the questions raised by his bestselling On the Road with Saint Augustine: A Real-World Spirituality for Restless Hearts (Brazos, 2019). Smith takes Augustine as his guide to problems that perplexed Augustine and still challenge us such as ambition, sex, friendship, faith, freedom, justice, parenting, and death. While explaining his own journey in the footsteps of Augustine, Smith will also explore further how others may do the same in our time. Papers are not invited for this session.

Program Unit Chairs

Edwina Murphy
Jonathan P. Yates

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