Thursday, February 14, 2019

CFP: “Late Antique Textualities”
January 2–5, 2020
Society for Classical Studies
Sponsored by the Society for Late Antiquity
Organizer: Colin Whiting, American School of Classical Studies at Athens

In Latin, textus can mean a piece of weaving. Late antiquity is well
thought of as a text or a collocation of texts in which many strands
are woven together— strands of the old (the Classical past, old
genres, persisting aspects of material culture) and strands of the new
(Christianity, new or hybridized written genres, new or hybridized
elements in material culture or the built environment). At the meeting
of the Society for Classical Studies in Washington, D.C., January 2–5,
2020, the Society for Late Antiquity will sponsor a session on the
various textualities in late antiquity.

We are looking for papers on textuality in either written texts or
material culture. Papers can consider issues of textuality in
late-ancient written texts, e.g., language, intertextuality with prior
written texts (pagan or Christian), or even genre. Potential panelists
could also propose papers that consider textuality in material culture
or the built environment, e.g., aesthetics, building styles, or
methods that weave together old and new. We also encourage prospective
panelists to construe the term textuality broadly and propose papers
that transcend and/or question the options enumerated here.

Abstracts for papers requiring a maximum of 20 minutes to deliver
should be sent no later than February 23, 2019 by email attachment to
Colin Whiting at>. 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 membership number in the cover
letter accompanying their abstract. Please follow the SCS’s
instructions for the format of individual abstracts:
The submission of an abstract represents a commitment to attend the
2020 meeting should the abstract be accepted. No papers will be read
in absentia and the SLA is unable to provide funding for travel to
Washington, D.C.

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