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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

Social History of Formative Christianity and Judaism

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: For the 2023 Annual Meeting, we are planning four sessions. Two will be pre-arranged panels, one on Blake Leyerle’s book, The Narrative Shape of Emotion in the Preaching of John Chrysostom (University of California Press, 2020), and the other on Laura Lieber’s, Staging the Sacred (Cambridge University Press, 2023). For the two open sessions with open calls for papers, we invite proposals on the following themes: (1) "Exile and Migration". This panel extends an open call for papers related to the theme of “borders.” Implicit in this topic are questions of migration, exile, and diaspora, as well as of exclusion, belonging, and “home.” We welcome proposals engaging with textual and material sources, as well as, in recognition of the local particularity of our meeting, meta-reflections on any of these topics. (2) Our fourth panel calls for papers that address “Competitive Techniques of the Body” (to be co-sponsored with The Religious Competition in Late Antiquity Section). The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a new focus on the ways that people engage the individual and social body, particularly in fierce contestations about illness and proper techniques of care. We invite papers that engage competitive technologies of the body in antiquity, including, but not limited to, medicine, magic, diet, approaches to illness and disability, athleticism, and prosthesis.

Program Unit Chairs

Gil P. Klein
Karen B. Stern

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