Conferences & Events

  1. 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
  2. Christian Scholars’ Conference–Announcement & Call for Papers

    The Patristics section of the Christian Scholars’ Conference (June 7-9, 2017) issues an open call for papers pertaining to the field of Patristics. We particularly encourage papers that address topics related to the interpretation of Scripture but other topics are also very welcome. This open session will coincide with the fourth annual Everett Ferguson Lecture in Early Christian Studies, to be given by Margaret M. Mitchell.

    Faculty members may submit proposals of 300-400 words describing the aim and scope of their papers. PhD students are invited to submit complete papers of approximately 10 pages, double-spaced. All proposals will be considered by a peer-review committee, which will organize two or more sessions, depending on the number and quality of proposals received.
    Please send proposals to Jeff Childers () no later than January 23, 2017. Paper proposals should include the title of the paper and a brief bio of the author, which will appear in the CSC program, if the paper is accepted. We will notify you whether your paper is accepted by February 17, 2017.

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    January 19th, 2017 10:52 am | Continue Reading
  3. “Early Christian Mystagogy & the Body”: Conference & Call for Papers

    The Third International Congress on Early Christian Mystagogy and the Body, organized by the Netherlands Centre for Patristic Research, will be held in Utrecht, 30 August-1 September 2017.

    Mystagogy is a more or less formal process of initiation by ritual, sacramental, and didactic means into a continuously and intimately felt presence of a mystery that is regarded as transforming one’s personal life. In the early Christian period, two older traditions about human physicality influenced the Church’s vision and development of the process of initiation into the Christian faith.

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    December 17th, 2016 10:45 am | Continue Reading
  4. “Latin Language Manuals from Western Christianity (350-750)”: Conference & Call for Papers

    During Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, Western European society went through a number of important transformations. Studies by Banniard, Chin, Courcelle, Gemeinhardt, Irvine, Kaster, Law, Riché and others have shown the complex historical developments of cultural education (‘Bildung’) in the period concerned. However, many aspects of the textual foundations for this process remain to be studied in depth. In this respect, the corpus of Latin language manuals – grammatical, lexicographical and orthographical works – constitutes a rich but still underexplored source of documentation. The manuals at issue were composed by authors including Augustine, Cassiodorus, Isidore, and Bede, who propounded a distinctly Christian education and lifestyle, while at the same time basing themselves directly or indirectly on Donatus and the ‘pagan’ grammatical tradition.

    With a view to investigating this corpus in a systematic and comprehensive way, the Center for the Historiography of Linguistics of KU Leuven is organizing an international workshop on Latin language manuals from Western Christianity, 350 to 750, to be held in Leuven on Monday 15 May 2017.

    The organizing and scientific committee consists of Tim Denecker (FWO Vlaanderen), Giovanbattista Galdi, Mark Janse (UGent), Gert Partoens, Pierre Swiggers, and Toon Van Hal (KU Leuven).

    The workshop programme and all practical information are available on the website of the Center for the Historiography of Linguistics (www.c-h-l.be), in the ‘News’ section. Those wanting to attend are kindly invited to register before Monday, 8 May.

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    November 21st, 2016 9:33 am | Continue Reading
  5. UPDATE: “The Discoveries of Manuscripts from Late Antiquity” Conference & Call for Papers

    The Second International Conference on Patristic Studies: “The Discoveries of Manuscripts from Late Antiquity: Their Impact on Patristic Studies and the Contemporary World” and the First Meeting on Patristic Studies in Ibero-America: “Research Projects, Translations and Critical Editions” will take place in the city of San Juan (Argentina) from 28-31 March 2017. The organizers invite proposals for papers and workshops related to the conference topic areas. Please submit a title and abstract of 250 words before 30 November 2016 to .

    • Note the deadline for abstract submission has been extended to 30 November 2016.
    • See the list of main speakers and topics at the conference website http://www.congresodemanuscrito.com/.
    • There will be a pre-conference free public lecture by Dr. Adolfo Roitman (Director of the Shrine of the Book and Curator of the Dead Sea Scrolls – The Israel Museum – Jerusalem) on Monday, 27 March 2017. His presentation is entitled “From the Dead Sea Scrolls to the Nano Bible.”

    For more information, please visit: http://www.congresodemanuscrito.com/

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    November 1st, 2016 2:16 pm | Continue Reading