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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

Early Christianity and the Ancient Economy

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Early Christianity and Ancient Economy program examines economic aspects of early Christian groups from the first to the fifth century CE within the context of the economies of the Roman Empire and its provinces. “Economy” is understood broadly to consist of the production, transmission, and consumption of goods and services, as well as the social, political, and ideological conditions associated with economic systems. We invite papers exploring the ancient economy. We particularly welcome proposals on (A) cultic craftspersons: What do we know about the wages and labor of craftspersons who constructed images of deities, amulets, shrines, and lararia, for example; or painted pictures of the gods in households; or about the networks by which such services—and the products themselves—were transmitted, marketed, and purchased? and (B) the intersection of the constructs “religion” and “economy”: What is gained or lost by bringing the categories together (e.g., “sacred economy,” “spiritual economies,” “theo-economics”)? In what ways might the conjunction of the two terms facilitate a redefinition or potentially a rejection of one or both categories? Conversely, how might bringing the categories together enrich discourses concerning “religion” and/or “economy”? If applicable, proposals should indicate in the abstract for which topic (A or B) the paper should be considered.

Program Unit Chairs

Agnes Choi

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