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2021 Annual Meeting

San Antonio, TX

Meeting Begins11/20/2021
Meeting Ends11/23/2021

Call for Papers Opens: 1/20/2021
Call for Papers Closes: 3/24/2021

Requirements for Participation

Art and Religions of Antiquity


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Legacy and Scholarship of Dura-Europos 100 Years Later
In light of the 100th anniversary (in 2020) of the beginning of excavation at Dura-Europos, we invite papers discussing new directions, corrections, and revisions in the assessment of art and religion at Dura. We welcome perspectives from diverse fields (art history, archaeology, religion, etc.). We encourage papers from all the religious traditions represented at Dura. We also would like papers that deal with Dura from the Eastern context of Persia, the Silk Road, etc. as well as the relation of Dura's art and religion to the West.

Crafting Religion in the Western Empire
Continuing a series of sessions that the Art and Religions of Antiquity program has held devoted to regional studies (Syria, the Aegean, etc.), we invite papers on art and religion in the Western Empire (Gaul, Spain, Italy, Britain). We particularly encourage studies that identify regional distinctiveness in art, religious practices, and even religious texts that can be connected to practices and/or arts unique to the region(s). We welcome papers examining not only spaces and objects typically seen as "religious" (churches, shrines, cemeteries and tombs, reliquaries, etc.) but also the ways art and religion were manifest in family estates, domestic spaces, and private commissions.

Program Unit Chairs

Vasiliki M. Limberis
Mark D. Ellison

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