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AAR Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA
November 23-26, 2019

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Religion in Premodern Europe and the Mediterranean Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit aims to bring together scholars working on premodern Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in order to create a venue in which religious phenomena can be considered comparatively. Individual papers may be embedded in a single tradition, but presenters should be interested in engaging this material comparatively during the discussion period.

Call for Papers: 

We welcome proposals on all topics related to the Unit's subject matter, broadly conceived. Proposals that are themselves comparative in nature or that present novel approaches to the study of premodern religion are particularly welcome. We encourage the submission of preformed panel proposals suitable for 90-minute time slots. We also encourage the submission of individual paper proposals for panels on the following subjects:

● Gendered negotiations of identity and authority in medieval cultures. We are interested in all aspects of gender roles in relation to authority and identity, particularly in and between various social and ethnic groups. Potential areas of exploration include: How did medieval women negotiate authority within and outside the family or, for Christian women, within and outside the monastery? What roles did gender switching or gender ambiguity play in these negotiations? How did interactions between social and ethnic groups affect the dynamics of gender-based authority and identity?

Author-Meets-Critics -
John Tolan, Faces of Muhammad: Western Perceptions of the Prophet of Islam from the Middle Ages to Today (Princeton Univ. Press, June 2019). We seek proposals from scholars in related fields who wish to respond to, engage with, or offer a critique of the book, whose French edition has already been published as Mohamet l’européen(Albin Michel, 2018). The author will respond. To submit a proposal for this session, please include your name, describe your scholarly background that relates to this text, and explain why you are interested in responding to this text. In the abstract field, put “N/A.” (Co-sponsored with the Religion in Europe program Unit)

Religion, Medicine, and Healing Practices in Premodern Europe and the Mediterranean - Papers might explore such topics as miraculous healings and healing miracles; interpretations or adaptations of scriptural healing narratives; religiously inflected healing magic, charms, or talismans; or religiously specific approaches to medical training, practices, and/or licensure. (Co-sponsored with the Religion, Medicine & Healing Unit)

Material Cultural and Textual Representation of the Silk Road -
Papers might explore religious art, texts, or other objects of material culture that come to Europe and the Mediterranean from geographic regions along the so-called Silk Road. We are also interested in representations of the route, the experience, history or expectations of traveling or living on the route. Proposals that engage with theory relating to religious experience, community, pilgrimage, economic exchange or religio-cultural interchange are particularly welcome. (Co-sponsored with the Traditions of the East in Late Antiquity Unit)

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