CFP: Narrating the Self: Autobiography in Late Antiquity (Society of Late Antiquity)

CFP: Narrating the Self: Autobiography in Late Antiquity
Sponsored by the Society for Late Antiquity
Organizer: E.J. Hutchinson, Hillsdale College

The Society for Late Antiquity invites abstracts (ca. 500 words) exploring any aspect of self-narration in late antiquity for its panel at the 2017 Society for Classical Studies (SCS) annual meeting in Toronto. Abstracts for papers requiring a maximum of twenty minutes to deliver should be sent no later than February 15, 2016 by email attachment as .doc or .rtf files to Eric Hutchinson Please follow the SCS’s instructions for the format of individual abstracts: All submissions will be judged anonymously by two referees. Prospective panelists must be members in good standing of the SCS at the time of submission and must include their SCS membership number in the cover letter accompanying their abstract. The submission of an abstract represents a commitment to attend the 2017 meeting in Toronto should the abstract be accepted.
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Destroying Images: Current Iconoclasm in Context: Lecture at Harvard, March 1, 2016

Lecture organized by ICS Advisor, Prof. Joseph Greene of the Harvard Semitic Museum:

Tuesday, March 1, 6:00 pm, Geological Lecture Hall, Harvard University

Destroying Images: Current Iconoclasm in Context
James Simpson, Chair, Department of English and Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Professor of English, Harvard University

The destruction of iconic images and monuments—iconoclasm—carried out today by extremists representing a wide range of political and religious views, makes many recoil in horror. This response, however, is in part derived from the fact that our Western cultures have themselves been fiercely iconoclastic. James Simpson will discuss the six classic phases of iconoclasm in European history and highlight the role that museums have played in protecting objects from major iconoclastic events. From this history, he will put current iconoclasm into perspective.

Lecture. Free and open to the public

Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology/Harvard Semitic Museum
Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St.
Complimentary Parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage

Joseph A. Greene tel. 617-495-5656;
Harvard Semitic Museum, 6 Divinity Avenue - Cambridge, MA 02138

CFP: “The Synagogue in Ancient Palestine” (Helsinki, 22-24 Sept 2016).

Call for Papers: "The Synagogue in Ancient Palestine: Current Issues and Emerging Trends"
22–24 September 2016, University of Helsinki

The study of synagogues in ancient Palestine is flourishing more than ever. In the last decade at least four synagogues — one from the Late Second Temple-period (Magdala) and three dating to Late Antiquity (Kh. Wadi Hamam, Horvat Kur, Huqoq) — have been exposed by different archaeological expeditions. There is a thriving debate among scholars regarding the functioning and significance of these buildings within the Jewish communities of Palestine. Another continuing debate among archaeologists is the identification and dating of the exposed architectural remains. The excavations of the three above-mentioned late-antique synagogues have exposed richly decorated mosaic floors, which has added to our knowledge of the development of Jewish art. The Synagogue in Ancient Palestine. Current Issues and Emerging Trends provides an opportunity for scholars working on synagogues to discuss current issues in the field.
Four keynote speakers are confirmed: Jodi Magness is Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and director of the Huqoq excavations. Karen Stern Gabbay is Assistant Professor of History, Brooklyn College, and specialized in the cultural identity and material culture of Jewish population in the Greco-Roman world. Zeev Weiss is Eleazar L. Sukenik Professor of Archaeology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and director of the Sepphoris excavations. Jürgen Zangenberg holds the Chair for History and Culture of Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity, Leiden University, and is director of the Horvat Kur excavations.

We invite papers that evaluate and integrate both textual and archaeological approaches to the synagogue in ancient Palestine and discuss some of the following issues in synagogue studies: The origins and development of synagogue(s); Questions of dating; Archaeology of Galilean and Judean synagogues including the most recent archaeological findings; Synagogue art and architecture; The synagogue within the Jewish community; Synagogues and Christian communities; Methodology; The history of synagogue research in the context of the early modern and current political situation. We encourage also papers from doctoral students.

Please send your abstract of 250–400 words, along with your name, institution, e-mail and tentative title, by Tuesday 15 March 2016 to Rick Bonnie,

The conference will be held at the University of Helsinki, 22–24 September 2016. There is no registration fee, but participants must cover their own travel and accommodation costs. The conference is organized by Rick Bonnie, Raimo Hakola, and Ulla Tervahauta, Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki.

The conference is funded by the Centre of Excellence in Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions and the Centre of Excellence in Reason and Religious Recognition, both Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki. The conference is organized in co-operation with the Foundation of the Finnish Institute in the Middle East.

Art and Religions of Antiquity Open Sessions at 2016 SBL

Call For Papers: The Art and Religions of Antiquity program unit is sponsoring TWO OPEN SESSIONS, co-coordinated by 2013 Shohet Scholar Lee Jefferson (Centre College):
1) Art and Destruction: The Art and Religions of Antiquity program unit invites papers focused on Art and Destruction. For this session, we seek papers that treat topics concerning the removal, desecration, or destruction of art and material culture and its historical impact and relevance. Papers that treat the destruction of ancient art in recent years are also most welcome.
2) Art and Religion of Ancient Syria: For this session we seek presentations that address the role of art and material culture as it relates to Syria, broadly construed, in antiquity or late antiquity. Presentations that emphasize regionally distinctive monuments, artifacts, structures, manuscripts, and rituals are most welcome, along with recently discovered materials.

All submissions MUST be made through the Society of Biblical Literature website

For those in disciplines that do not tend to frequent the SBL meetings, please contact the Art and Religions of Antiquity program unit chairs about the possibility of an exemption: Lee Jefferson,; and Felicity Harley McGowan,