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CALL. 15.12.2018: [SESSION 8] Continuities, Disruptions, and Multiple Religious Identities in Late Antique Egypt (2nd-6th Centuries) II (EASR 2019) - Tartu (Estonia)









LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: University of Tartu (Tartu, Estonia)



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This panel welcomes contributions that, using any methodological approach (history of Christianity, religious studies, papyrology, etc.), aim to analyze the multifaceted character of Christianity in Late Antique Egypt (2nd-6th centuries), with special reference to the continuities and discontinuities that can be observed in the history of the religious traditions in that area, in several matters: theological doctrines, practices, ecclesiology, etc. This is related to the issue of the multiple religious identities in Late Antique Egypt. As is well known, the various Christian groups in Late Antique Egypt were involved in complex processes of identity construction (also with theological-political implications). Different groups had different selfconceptions and self-representations, and variously perceived or labelled other groups. Identity construction developed through both continuities and disruptions, interactions and conflicts. Papers in this panel will address issues that can include: self-perception and representation of “others” in texts or documents produced by, used by, or speaking of various groups and traditions in Late Antique Egypt, such as “Gnostic,” Monastic, and other Christian groups, as well as Manichaeans and Jews, from the perspective of their stance towards continuity and discontinuity with a given religious tradition; the way in which a text (or a number of texts) was (were) produced, used, or interpreted in one or more given group(s), also through different periods – this may include, for instance, debates on orthodoxy and heterodoxy of texts and doctrines, debates on the Biblical canon, or reception/status of “apocrypha”; relationships between Christian groups – or between Christian and non-Christian groups – in Late Antique Egypt; reflections upon certain key terms and concepts attested in the sources from that context (e.g. “heresy”/“heretic,” “tradition,” “new doctrine,” etc.). Papers could discuss literary, “semi-literary,” and documentary sources.



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