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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

Religious Experience in Antiquity

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Religious Experience in Antiquity unit will hold 3 sessions, 2 with open calls for papers. (1) We invite paper proposals for an open session on any topic connected to Religious Experience in Antiquity. This call is open to scholars working in any period or geographical region of antiquity. We ask that you specify the texts or other material artifacts under discussion and include a clear methodological perspective. Innovative approaches are most welcome. (2) For this joint panel organized in collaboration with Senses and Cultures of the Biblical World program unit, we welcome papers that treat the overlap between a sense of place and religious experience. We particularly welcome papers that include lived religion, material religion or environmental studies approaches in their treatment of this topic. Presenters are encouraged to explicitly state the data they are working on (text(s), artefact etc.) and what theoretical and/or methodological angle they are applying in their presentation. (3) Our third session is themed: “Religious Experiences in the Last Days.” We invite papers exploring the experiences of living in the latter days in antiquity. What cultural, sociological, or material factors contributed to the construction of what life is or ought to be in the latter days? Does life at the near end enable new ethical possibilities, bodily formations, or breaches of boundaries? Is it possible to live well or poorly during such a time and, if so, how are such values defined? We especially welcome papers that integrate the insights of disciplines outside of biblical studies, including cultural anthropology, critical theory, and cognitive science.

Program Unit Chairs

Frederick S. Tappenden
Reed Carlson

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