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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

Place, Space, and Identity in the Ancient Mediterranean World


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: "In an encounter with the sacred, time and space are undistinguished in that both reflect the original moment and place of the sacred act of creation" (John D. Dadosky, The Structure of Religious Knowing: Encountering the Sacred in Eliade and Lonergan [Albany: State University of New York, 2004], 68). The quote above summarizes the essence of two themes to be explored: (1)"Time and space in the religious imagination of ancient Mediterranean cultures." We invite papers that explore the connections between time and place/space. How are places/spaces perceived in relation to notions of past, present (the now) and future? How is time constructed spatially and space constructed in temporal terms in texts/narratives? How did ancient authors 'manipulate' time and space and the intersection(s) between the two to convey their messages to real and/or imagined audiences? Papers providing analysis of particular examples utilizing a variety of theoretical points of departure (e.g. critical-spatial, sociological, literary, archaeological methods and approaches) will be welcomed. (2) "Spatial-temporal encounters with the sacred." Encounters with the divine in ancient Mediterranean societies are intrinsically linked to places/spaces (e.g. mountains, trees, temples, deserts), experiences (e.g. dreams, visions, rituals) and time (e.g. evening/morning or past/present/future). Encounters with the divine often transform human space, experience and time in various ways. Papers providing analysis of particular examples utilizing a variety of theoretical points of departure (e.g. critical-spatial, sociological, literary, archaeological methods and approaches) will be welcomed. There is an obvious and intentional overlapping between the two themes. We will welcome papers that creatively illuminate spatial-temporal intersections and its implications in encounters between the divine and human spheres in the religious imagination of ancient Mediterranean cultures.

Program Unit Chairs

Gert T. M. Prinsloo
Karen Wenell

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