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2015 International Meeting

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Meeting Begins7/20/2015
Meeting Ends7/24/2015

Call for Papers Opens: 10/29/2014
Call for Papers Closes: 2/25/2015

Requirements for Participation

Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: This year the Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism section will be organizing two sessions. Paper proposals are welcome on all topics appropriate for the Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism section, but we especially encourage the submission of proposals relating to the theme of one of the following sessions: The first session will continue to explore the topic assessed last year at the SBL IM in Vienna, namely “Religious experience in Nag Hammadi and related writings”. It will examine accounts of visions, soul flights, ascents, trance, ecstasy, and other “altered-states of consciousness” (ASC) experiences at Nag Hammadi. The aim of this session is to develop a comprehensive interpretation of religious experience as described in the Nag Hammadi collection. A selection of the papers presented both at the 2014 and 2015 SBL IM conferences will be included in a volume on “Religious Experience” edited by A. Gagné and L. Roig Lanzillotta. The second session will address a more general subject, namely “Greek Philosophy and the Nag Hammadi Library”. The main interest is the philosophical background of the texts, since the analysis of both general and particular philosophical issues might shed new light on the provenance and affiliation of both authors and readerships of the writings. The approach to the codices from this perspective intends to provide Nag Hammadi and related writings a clearer place in the religious philosophical conversation that was going on in the Greco-Roman world of the first centuries CE.

Program Unit Chairs

Andre Gagne
Lautaro Roig Lanzillotta

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