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  1. “Feeding on Dreams: Exiles & Exile in Late Antiquity.” A Workshop at Yale University, 23-25 April 2018

    Being barred from one’s native lands, state and/or community was and continues to be a unique form of punishment. Individuals or groups might not only suffer from physical, economic and legal privation, but also social and cultural exclusion to the point of a kind of social death. In Late Antiquity, the degree of political and religious change made exile perhaps more likely for an increasingly diverse group, but may have also changed the nature of exile itself. Recent work both on conceptual exile and the exile of clerics raises the possibility of expanding the scope of scholarly conversations surrounding the practice in this period. This workshop’s purpose is to consider different experiences and conceptions of formal and informal banishment to arrive at a more holistic understanding of the social, cultural, and literary phenomenon of exile in late antiquity.

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    March 6th, 2017 4:14 pm Continue Reading
  2. CFP: 2017 Byzantine Studies Conference, Due March 1st

    Online Submission Guidelines: http://www.bsana.net/conference/index.html
    Deadline: Wednesday, March 1, 2017, EST Midnight

    The Byzantine Studies Association welcomes submissions for March 1st using its online system. Papers from a wide range of disciplines related to Byzantine Studies, including Patristics, are encouraged. Notice of acceptance or rejection will be sent by email by March 15th.

    Proposals are submitted as individual abstracts. Proposals consist of:
    1. Your contact information; a proposed title; and, if part of a panel proposal, proposed panel information (see below).
    2. A single PDF copy of the 500-word or less, blind abstract (title only, no name), formatted and submitted according to the detailed instructions: http://www.bsana.net/conference/index.html

    Contact Information: 2017 BSC Program Chair, Dr. Sarah Brooks ()

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    Conference Information:

    2017 BSC
    October 5-8, 2017
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
    https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/bsc2017/

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    February 13th, 2017 4:19 pm Continue Reading
  3. Universitaria Agustiniana–Call for Book Chapters on Augustine of Hippo

    The Uniagustiniana Press is pleased to invite researchers, research groups and university professors, from any place of the world, to submit research book chapters or academic essays studying the initiatives and ideas of Augustine of Hippo as ‘Doctor Pacis’, from different disciplines and perspectives. Articles submitted to this Call for Chapters must be original, unpublished and must not be submitted in any other publication or press. The editorial team will not accept chapters that have been previously published by any other means except for working papers. This restriction also includes articles or chapters published in different languages, unless there is an explicit consent from the Press or its author.

    Research chapters and academic essays can be submitted in English or Spanish. The deadline for abstract submission is May 2, 2017. Click here for more information.

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    January 26th, 2017 5:10 pm Continue Reading
  4. PhD Fellowships at Australian Catholic University

    The Australian Catholic University (ACU) is offering scholarships for Australian or International PhD students to contribute to its ‘Modes of Knowing’ research project. Scholarships cover all fees, and provide a living allowance equivalent to $31,300 pa (2016 rate). Students would be based at ACU Melbourne, and would have the opportunity to study at Durham University or KU Leuven. Additional funds are available to support travel and living expenses associated with such study at partner institutions. Funding supports projects for three years, with a flexible start date. The first students would start in July 2017. Applications will begin being considered immediately.

    To apply, please send 1) An academic transcript; 2) a 1000 word research proposal related to the Modes of Knowing program; and 3) a CV with contact details of 2 academic referees to Dr Michael Champion (michael.champion@acu.edu.au), who can also provide further information. Details about the project can also be found on the Institute website: https://irci.acu.edu.au/research/biblical-early-christian-studies/

    PhD research proposals should: i) Identify the central research questions for your proposed topic; ii) provide a short sketch of relevant literature to show what the original contribution of the PhD project would be; iii) identify the strand(s)/research theme(s) of the Modes of Knowing project to which the PhD project would contribute; and iv) outline briefly how the project would advance knowledge in the field of early Christian studies more generally.

    ACU’s Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry (http://irci.acu.edu.au) has an international staff profile, and we welcome applications from students from around the world. The Institute runs a monthly interdisciplinary research seminar and the Centre for Biblical and Early Christian Studies also runs a fortnightly seminar. ACU also sponsors an annual postgraduate student conference, bringing together students from around Australia.

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    January 23rd, 2017 12:49 pm Continue Reading
  5. SBL – Art & Religions of Antiquity–Conference & Call for Papers

    For the 2017 SBL Annual Meeting in Boston (Nov. 18-21), the Art and Religions of Antiquity Program Unit is offering three paper sessions organized by the following themes. 1) Art and Religion of the Greece and the Aegean Region: For this session we seek papers that address the role of art and material culture as it relates to the Greek East/Aegean region, broadly construed, in antiquity or late antiquity. Presentations that emphasize regionally distinctive monuments, artifacts, of different mediums, structures, manuscripts, and rituals are most welcome, along with recently discovered materials. 2) Ritual and Corpses: For this session, we seek papers that address art and material culture as it relates to death, the body, and related rituals broadly construed. Papers that address necromancy, necrology as well as sarcophagus imagery, relics and reliquary devotion, and funerary rituals are most welcome. 3) Religion Underground: For this session, we seek papers that address art and material culture as it relates to the catacombs and funerary environments. Papers that address imagery in such a setting, including frescoes, sculpted sarcophagi, glass, inscriptions, graffiti, funerary and other objects are desired. Papers that treat rituals that occur in such a funerary environment are also encouraged.

    For further information, please Dr. Lee Jefferson ().

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    January 23rd, 2017 12:38 pm Continue Reading