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Far From Godliness: Pollution in the Ancient World - 07-08/11/2019, New York (NY, USA)


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Pollution of many forms was a grave concern in the ancient world. In defining pollution, we take as our starting point Mary Douglas’ conception of pollution as a culturally defined phenomenon involving disorder, taboo, and the “improper” (Purity and Danger, 1966). However, while Douglas’ theoretical framework is a useful heuristic tool for instances of miasmic pollution, our conference is also concerned with the physical contamination of the environment through human activity, especially given its contemporary cultural relevance. Thus, we define pollution as any activity which corrupts or defiles on physical, moral, environmental, and even material levels.

FECHA CONGRESO/CONGRESS DATE/DATA CONGRESSO: 07-08/11/2019

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: New York University (New York, NY, USA)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Ben Nikota; Figen Geerts; Joshua Ziesel

INFO: nyugradconference@gmail.com

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