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AAR Annual Meeting
Denver, CO
November 17-20, 2018

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Traditions of Eastern Late Antiquity Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This program unit focused on Late Antiquity in the East aims to provide a home for the study of religious traditions that are rooted in Mesopotamia, Persia, and western Asia, particularly those parts that were outside the Roman cultural reach such as Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism, and Mandaeism. While the unit will focus on late antiquity, many of these traditions, and particularly their extant texts come to us from much later periods, and this scholarly issue will be part of our discussions. In addition, many of the traditions that were born in this time and place also spread to other parts of the world, and the study of them in those forms and contexts also has a place within this program unit, as does investigation of their response to the rise of Islam in the region. In addition, this unit’s focus is not exclusively on those traditions that developed uniquely in this region, but also those which, when transplanted there, had significant evolutions in that milieu that differ from their counterparts in other times and places (e.g. Christianity, Judaism). We likewise encourage research which focuses on the interaction between the various communities and traditions of this place and time.

Call for Papers: 

Traditions of Eastern Late Antiquity call for Papers AAR/SBL 2018 Denver

We propose three panels for 2018

  1. “Hatin’ on Jesus” in the East. We welcome paper proposals that explore how non-Christian religious communities in Eastern Late Antiquity understood, accepted, rejected, polemicized, parodied or resisted the person or idea of Jesus. We would also welcome papers on how marginal or minority Christian communities in the non-Roman East reacted to, polemicized against or incorporated such critiques. (90 mins)

  2. Co-sponsored with the AAR Quranic Studies Unit. Together we propose an invited panel that focuses on Parody, Polemics and Wordplay through Scriptural Interpretation across religious communities in the (very) Late Ancient East and into Early Islam. (90 mins)

  3. Co-sponsored with SBL’s Digital Humanities group:"Online Resources and Traditions of Eastern Late Antiquity": This joint session with the SBL's Digital Humanities group will include both a selection of invited papers and proposals. We are accepting papers that explore online resources relating to traditions and literature in Syriac, Hebrew, Aramaic, Iranian, etc. We are especially interested in proposals that analyze these resources with an eye toward imagining the discipline in a digital age. We are also interested in papers exploring the use of social media for contemporary group identity among communities and diasporas that stem from Eastern Late Antiquity (such as Parsi, Mandaean, and Yezidis, as well as Jews and Christians in and from Iraq and Iran), and how they represent themselves and their traditions online.

Method: 
PAPERS
E-mail with Attachment (proposal is in attachment, not in body of e-mail)
Process: 
Proposer names are visible to chairs and steering committee members at all times
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee