Ritual Matters: Materiality In Ancient Religion (Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literatur
Materiality is raising new paradigms in the study of religions, informing regional studies from Southeast Asia to the American west, and embracing questions in cognition, linguistics, the economics of religion and the body-culture interface in healing cults. Its potential for ancient Mediterranean religion informs the collected essays in Ritual Matters: Material Remains and Ancient Religion, ed. Claudia Moser and Jennifer Knust (University of Michigan Press, 2017). We invite papers to engage with the key proposals of the volume, including:
How might a focus on materiality shape new methodologies in the study of ancient religion?
How do these framework converge with or challenge established heuristic pathways?
Do these frameworks effectively bridge the various categories of materiality, from bones and waste to temple reliefs?
What new light can these innovations offer to text-centered approaches to ritual in ancient contexts?
How do comparative studies, both within the ancient Mediterranean and beyond, take on new energy because of the book’s approaches?
LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: University of Denver, Colorado (CO, USA)