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Religions on the Ground

A Colloquium sponsored by the Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions
Final Program

In affiliation with the International Association for the History of Religions
Hosted by Erfurt University
August 22 and 23, 2015
Max Weber Center, Erfurt University

Saturday, August 22, 1:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Jeffrey Brodd, President, Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions

Amy Yandek, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Domestic Religion and Elite Identity in the Terrace Houses of Roman Ephesos

Sissel Undheim, University of Bergen
Securing Theusebius’ Salvation: The Motif of the ‘Virgin Crown’ in a Late Antique Latin Epitaph

Coffee Break

Mattias Brand, Leiden University
Beyond Religious Boundaries? The Everyday Interactions of Manichaeans

Jörg Rüpke, Erfurt University

Sunday, August 23, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Amelia Robertson Brown, University of Queensland
Like Frogs Around a Pond: Maritime Religion in Ancient Greek Culture

András Patay-Horváth, Eötvös Loránd University
The Cult of Artemis at Olympia and the Earliest History of the Sanctuary

Coffee Break

Georgia Petridou, Erfurt University
Healing Visions: Eye-shaped Votives and the Mysteries

Esther Eidinow, The University of Nottingham

Pre-Congress event
Conference of the Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions

A major development in the study of ancient religion over the past few decades has been the growing emphasis on the social, material, and experiential realities of non-elites. This development has affected both the sorts of questions scholars are asking, and the sorts of data on which they draw to formulate their answers. Rather than focusing on the philosophical or theological concerns of elite texts, scholars have sought to bring a wider body of evidence to bear on understanding and interpreting the lived experience of religion.

The Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions seeks papers for a conference to be held in Erfurt, Germany, August 22-23rd 2015, on the topic, “Religion on the Ground.” In keeping with the society’s broad interests in religions of the Mediterranean basin over the great chronological expanse from prehistory to late antiquity, we seek contributions from scholars in the fields of Classics, Ancient History, Religious Studies, Archaeology, Near Eastern Studies, and Egyptology. While not excluding textual evidence, the organizers are seeking proposals that incorporate archaeology, history of art, ritual and/or liturgical studies, and other sub-fields that provide a window into the religious practices of the time. Particular preference will be given to proposals that engage a question from a cross-disciplinary perspective or that highlight important theoretical or methodological issues. Especially welcome are transdisciplinary papers which synthesize a variety of textual, archaeological, and art historical and/or material culture sources to reach new insights into ancient Mediterranean religions. Scholars from all phases of their careers are welcome to submit proposals.

Abstracts of 500-600 words for a paper to take 18 to 20 minutes to read should be submitted by email attachment as .doc files to socamr@gmail.com. Abstracts should contain a title and a word count, but no identifying information. All abstracts will be judged in a blind-review process by our Program Committee. The deadline for submission of abstracts is April 13, 2015. Participants will be contacted with an invitation to participate by late April, 2015.

For further information, contact Nancy Evans.

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