Monday, February 25, 2013


Call for Papers - Society of Biblical Literature 2013 annual meeting (Baltimore, MD: 11/23/2013-11/26/2013)

The Art and Religions in Antiquity program unit welcomes paper proposals on the art and material culture of any ancient religious tradition and encourages papers that address the use of art and material culture in service of religion. Every paper proposal will be considered.

The Art and Religions of Antiquity section especially seeks paper proposals that address:
1) "The Art of Pilgrimage in the Ancient World": For this session, we seek papers that address the practice and materiality of pilgrimage. The Art and Religions in Antiquity program unit is pleased to announce that Dr. Gary Vikan will respond to the contributions presented in this session. Dr. Vikan recently stepped down from the Directorship of the Walters Art Museum, which he held since 1994 after serving as the museum's Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Medieval Art since 1985. Before coming to the Walters, Dr. Vikan was Senior Associate for Byzantine Art Studies at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC.

2) "Art and Religion at the Walters Museum, Baltimore MD (": For this session, we seek papers that address the Walters Museum's permanent collections (with a particularly strong collection of illuminated manuscripts) or visiting exhibits (Jacob Lawrence's Genesis Series; Egypt's Mysterious Book of the Faiyum).

3) A third session will consist of invited papers to review The Cambridge History of Religions in the Ancient World edited by Michele R. Salzman and William Adler.

All abstracts should be submitted through the SBL website ( The Art and Religions of Antiquity section will consider all proposals.

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