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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 World of Late Antiquity

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Religious World of Late Antiquity program unit invites abstracts for three sessions:
1) Beginnings. How is the starting point of a religious narrative or phenomenon used in order to make sense of its unfolding? Is a beginning the origin of a static essence, or a space for reimagining what it was even before it began, and could still be? We invite papers which explore this question and the tension between those apparently polarized responses, whether through reflection on late ancient case studies, or by expanding upon theorizations of this topic itself in late ancient and other authors. 2) Boundaries and lived religion (co-sponsored with the Religious Competition in Late Antiquity program unit). Discussions of communal boundaries in late antiquity often focus on the perspective of elite authors. We invite papers that look beyond this rhetoric to interrogate religious difference and competitive engagements through the perspective of lived religion and/or material culture. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, shared space, ritual, and dress. 3) Open call. We invite papers on any topic related to the literature and material culture of the religious world of late antiquity. Comparative and thematic papers that bring multiple traditions into dialogue are appreciated along with those that focus on a single tradition. Graduate students and early-career scholars are especially encouraged to submit abstracts.

Program Unit Chairs

James Redfield
Megan Nutzman

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