Material Culture and Women’s Religious Experience in Antiquity
March 8-9, 2019
Brigham Young University
We are pleased to invite paper submissions to a symposium at Brigham Young University on the intersections of material culture and women’s religious experience in antiquity. This symposium seeks to highlight the importance of material and visual evidence in retrieving women’s religious experiences, perspectives, and activities so often overlooked in the literary record. The conference will approach antiquity broadly, from the time of ancient Israel into late antiquity and the early medieval period. It will also approach religion broadly, welcoming papers on early Christianity, Judaism, Greco-Roman traditions, and other varieties of religion in the ancient Mediterranean and ancient Near East. Our aim is to illuminate the critical role of material culture as primary source evidence through art historical, archaeological, comparative, and iconographic studies. Selected papers will be considered for publication in a collection of conference proceedings.
How to Apply
We invite the submission of proposals for papers that consider interdisciplinary topics in material culture and religions of antiquity in addition to meeting the increased need for scholarship concerning women’s religious experience. Student papers will be considered for a session devoted to student research on Saturday morning, March 9.
Please send a title and abstract, up to 500 words, to Catherine Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Mark Ellison (email@example.com) by November 15, 2018.
Professor Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ is Charles Fischer Professor of New Testament Emerita, Brite Divinity School. Prof. Osiek is the co-author/editor of influential books on the use of both material evidence and literary sources to cast light on the experiences of families and women in the New Testament and early Christianity:
Families in the New Testament World: Households and House Churches (John Knox Press, 1997)
Early Christian Families in Context: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue (Eerdmans, 2003)
A Woman’s Place: House Churches in Earliest Christianity (Fortress, 2006)
Dr. Catherine Gines Taylor, PhD, Late Ancient Christian Art History, University of Manchester. Nibley Postdoctoral Fellow, Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, Brigham Young University
Dr. Mark D. Ellison, PhD, Early Christianity and Early Christian Art, Vanderbilt University. Associate Professor, Department of Ancient Scripture, Brigham Young University
BYU Conference Sponsors
Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship
Ancient Near Eastern Studies Program
Kennedy Center for International Studies
Global Women’s Studies
Department of Ancient Scripture