#CFP Traditions of Eastern Late Antiquity 2019 Call for Papers #SBLAAR19

#CFP Traditions of Eastern Late Antiquity 2019 Call for Papers #SBLAAR19 January 29, 2019

The Call for Papers for the 2019 AAR Annual Meeting is now available! I am delighted to report that the Traditions of Eastern Late Antiquity program unit, which I co-chair, has been renewed and so will be continuing beyond the coming year. Here’s our call for papers for San Diego, which also includes a statement about the program unit’s focus and rationale:

Traditions of Eastern Late Antiquity Unit

Statement of Purpose:

This program unit focused on Late Antiquity in the East aims to provide a home for the study of religious traditions that are rooted in Mesopotamia, Persia, and western Asia, particularly those parts that were outside the Roman cultural reach such as Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism, and Mandaeism. While the unit will focus on late antiquity, many of these traditions, and particularly their extant texts come to us from much later periods, and this scholarly issue will be part of our discussions. In addition, many of the traditions that were born in this time and place also spread to other parts of the world, and the study of them in those forms and contexts also has a place within this program unit, as does investigation of their response to the rise of Islam in the region. In addition, this unit’s focus is not exclusively on those traditions that developed uniquely in this region, but also those which, when transplanted there, had significant evolutions in that milieu that differ from their counterparts in other times and places (e.g. Christianity, Judaism). We likewise encourage research which focuses on the interaction between the various communities and traditions of this place and time.

Call for Papers:

The Traditions of Eastern Late Antiquity program Unit is seeking papers for two sessions.

● One will be an open session for which papers on any topic germane to the subject area of the Program Unit may be proposed.

● For the second session, we welcome proposals related to the material cultural and textual representation of the Silk Road for a panel co-sponsored with the Religion in Premodern Europe and the Mediterranean Unit. We envision papers on religious art, texts, or other objects of material culture that come to Europe and the Mediterranean from geographic regions along the so-called Silk Road (writ large). We are also interested in representations of the route, the experience, history or expectations of traveling or living on the route. Proposals that engage with theory relating to religious experience, community, pilgrimage, economic exchange or religio-cultural interchange are particularly welcome.

I’m also hoping that De Gruyter will have The Mandaean Book of John: Critical Edition, Translation, and Commentary in print and available there. If so, we can hopefully also do something special to celebrate the occasion. This would be a particularly suitable venue, since there is a Mandaean community in San Diego, and it would be fantastic if some of them were able to attend!

Of related interest:

“Once upon a time, Europe really did not matter.” The Silk Roads: An Illustrated New History of the World

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