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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

Greco-Roman Religions


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Greco-Roman Religions Sections posts two open calls for papers. The first call relates to the focus area, “Interpreting Greek and Roman ‘Religions’ in Context in the Mediterranean World.” Papers are invited that investigate, and/or theorize the contribution from material evidence, artefactual remains, and material contexts for our understanding of religions in the Greek, Roman, and broader Mediterranean worlds; papers that investigate religions and/or cults as social and cultural formations (including the history of interpretation of these), especially focusing on contextual practices as they relate to wider encompassing social, cultural and religious discourses, encouraging a “thick” description and analysis of specific cults as comparanda in a comparative exploration of the continuities and discontinuities between and across cultic institutions. The second call is for a session, co-sponsored with Art and Religions in Antiquity Section, on "The Art of the Assemblage: Altars, Mixtures, and Other Odd Juxtapositions". We invite papers that discuss juxtapositions of images, objects, and features at focal points of religious activity—altars bedecked with votives, candles, and saints’ images; combinations of symbols in mosaics and paintings; bricolages in gems and amulets; lararia and reliquaries; combinations in ritual performances. We invite exploration of juxtaposition, the mutual influencing of images, and the gaining of meaning (and even agency) through relationship to other things. We also welcome proposals and papers that engage with some particular theoretical reading. The Greco-Roman Religions Section will also host a closed session with invited papers on "The Complexity of Conversion. Intersectional Perspectives on Religious Change in Antiquity and Beyond." Younger scholars, PhD candidates, and post-doctoral researchers, female and minority scholars are particularly encouraged to submit proposals.

Program Unit Chairs

Gerhard van den Heever

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