AAR Annual Meeting
November 18-21, 2017
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This Unit provides a forum for the historical and constructive study of issues relating to the thought of Augustine, including how it was received in various eras and how it might be a resource for religious thought today.
Augustine on Exile and Migration.
Augustine spent his early adult life far from his North African homeland. He later cared for refugees who flooded North Africa after the sack of Rome and often wrote–even after returning to his homeland–about how the human mind in life always exists in exile, far from home. As much as he lamented such homelessness, by making it central to his thinking, it may have been the very condition that made it possible for Augustine to imagine new ways of living, writing, and acting. Papers are invited from all disciplines (including history, philosophy, theology, etc.) employing a wide range of methodologies examining all aspects of the experience of migration and exile in Augustine’s life and works.
Discourses of Self-Control in Augustine and/or Rabbinic Jewish Texts (Co-Sponsored Session: AAR Augustine and Augustinianisms and SBL History and Literature of Rabbinic Judaism).
The session will seek to put these two distinct textual bodies in conversation with each other to see how they might shed light on each other. Papers need not be comparative, but rather should engage an aspect of self-control (e.g., refusing temptation) in Augustine or Rabbinic texts. We are interested in papers that explore the extent to which and the nature in which vulnerability persists, and what it means for people to attain self-control, even if only momentarily. Are there activities that may or may not promote self-control? An invited respondent will then help put these papers in conversation with each other. Submissions should be made to SBL History and Literature of Rabbinic Judaism.