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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

Inventing Christianity: Apostolic Fathers, Apologists, and Martyrs

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: Inventing Christianity is invites papers for three sessions at this year's meeting. First, DOMESTIC SPACE AND PLACE: For this session, we seek papers that discuss the household in second and third century Christianity. Submissions might consider any of the following: (1) the household and material culture and theories of space and place; (2) structures of home and family, including household codes, enslavement, and discourses of home and household, (3) household practices including worship, hospitality, domesticity, sexuality, and food; (4) critiques and challenges to the ideology of the household and/or any of the above features of Christian domesticity in the second and third centuries. Finally, in keeping with the session’s broad understanding of household and domesticity, we welcome open submissions pertaining to any aspect of domestic space and place not explicitly mentioned above. Our second session, AUGUSTINE AND THE SECOND AND THIRD CENTURIES, is jointly sponsored with Contextualizing North African Christianity. We seek papers that discuss Augustine’s engagement with second and third century texts, figures or theologies. Papers might also consider the ways in which the second and third century worlds had an influence (in the broadest sense) on Augustine’s work. Finally, we are planning to hold an OPEN SESSION, and invite papers dealing with texts and traditions of the second and third centuries.

Program Unit Chairs

Paul Middleton
Travis Proctor

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