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2023 Annual Meeting

San Antonio, Texas

Meeting Begins11/18/2023
Meeting Ends11/21/2023

Call for Papers Opens: 1/23/2023
Call for Papers Closes: 3/14/2023

Requirements for Participation

Space, Place, and Lived Experience in Antiquity

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Space, Place, and Lived Experience in Antiquity program unit is hosting three sessions in 2023. The first is a joint session with the Prayer in Antiquity unit on either the imaginary spaces that are described, imagined, and/or invoked by prayer texts (broadly understood to include apotropaic texts, psalms, hymns, curses, etc.), or on the material spaces where prayers were performed, inscribed, or deposited. Proposals should identify the texts that will be examined and the methodology that will be used. The second session is on the intersection of spatiality and theories of lived religion. How does religion come to be in specific, everyday spaces, or how does the lived experience of space act back on or modify religious belief or teaching? How might critical attention to spatiality reshape our historiographies of ancient religious traditions in and around the Mediterranean? References to specific theorists of lived religion and specific spaces or types of place are appreciated. The third session is an open session.

Program Unit Chairs

Harry O. Maier
Sarah F. Porter

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