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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

Religious Competition in Late Antiquity

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? No

Call For Papers: For the 2021 Annual Meeting, the Religious Competition in Late Antiquity program unit will host five sessions: (1) Our first session will be co-sponsored by the Religious World in Late Antiquity program unit, on “The Future of Late Antiquity.” This session will explore questions such as: “What do you want to see in the future from members of our field?” and “What interests you right now, a method, text, theoretical model, that you think has lasting purchase?” (2) The second is a session on “Ecclesiastical Histories as Competitive Texts.” (3) The third session will be on the theme “Markets and Prophets: Religious Competition and Market Models.” This session focuses on the use of markets in discourse on religion in late antiquity. (4) The fourth session will review Ross Shepard Kraemer’s new book The Mediterranean Diaspora in Late Antiquity: What Christianity Cost the Jews (Oxford UP, 2020). Please note that because sessions 1-4 consist of papers that were postponed and carried over from last year, we will not be soliciting new proposals for papers in 2021. (5) A fifth session will be an invited session co-sponsored by the Society of Ancient Mediterranean Religions (SAMR), on "Homo necans, homo competens: Ritual killing and competition in the ancient Mediterranean". For more information on this session, please visit

Program Unit Chairs

Gregg E. Gardner
Rebecca Stephens Falcasantos

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