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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

Art and Religions of Antiquity

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: Forces of the Natural World
Art and Religions of Antiquity invite papers on “The Forces of the Natural World,” including iconographic depictions of animals (violent, monstrous, demonic, mysterious, or peaceful); trees and plants (sacred, healing, poisonous); and rivers, springs, and mountains as autonomous forces (rather than background features). Rather than as “decorative” or background themes we are interested in how flora, fauna, and natural features act or express agencies – both within the image itself and in the broader architectural or kinetic context of their depiction (e.g., floors, processions, walls, sarcophagi, amulets, etc.). “Forces of the Natural World” also extends to the ways that media (e.g. types of timber, stone, metal, ivory, parchment) and materials (e.g. particular pigments) drawn from the natural world are used with intent to conjure powers.

Program Unit Chairs

David Frankfurter
Vasiliki M. Limberis

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