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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

Mysticism, Esotericism, and Gnosticism in Antiquity


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: MEGA welcomes papers on any topic related to mysticism, esotericism, and/or Gnosticism in antiquity for an open session that features the work of the group. We also will be holding a joint session with the AAR Western Esotericism group on New Antiquities, particularly how individuals and groups appeal to, reconceptualize, and reinvent the religious world of the ancient Mediterranean and use scholarship about it to legitimize developments in contemporary religious culture. Papers engaging themes of the impact of scholarship on religious life and the development of new religious movements are especially welcome. The third session will be a commentary panel discussion on Drawing Down the Moon: Magic in the Ancient Greco-Roman World by Radcliffe Edmonds. Papers that critically engage or are inspired by Edmonds’ work are especially sought.

Program Unit Chairs

April D. DeConick
Grant Adamson

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