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CALL. 15.03.2021:[PANEL 1] War, Peace, and Resilience in the Ancient World (EASR 2021) - Pisa(Italy)




LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Dipartimento di Civiltà e Forme del Sapere, University of Pisa (Pisa, Italy) - University building Polo Carmignani, University of Pisa (Pisa, Italy) /Online


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Throughout their history, all cultures of the ancient world have experienced periods of war and peace, demonstrating great resilience in overcoming long battles or in restoring the social order destroyed by the conflicts. Since man is a homo narrans (Ranke 1967; Fisher 1987) and narration is one of the main means he uses to organize the reality in which he lives (Ricœur 1983-1985; Czarniawska 2004), even war and peace have been explained and made intelligible through processes of narration. Taking into account that religion is as well subjected to continuous narrative processes (Rüpke-Degelmann 2015), the purpose of this panel is to investigate how and to what extent religious elements were used to narrate peace and war in different cultures of the ancient world.

In particular, abstracts may cover the following topics:

- Reflections on the nature of peace and war in relation to specific religious beliefs. - The role assigned to specific extra-human agents in the outbreak of wars or in the stipulation of peace pacts. - The narration of the relationships between political and military leaders with religious practitioners and extra-human agents. - The reuse of known mythical motifs to explicate, justify, or establish war and peace. - The storytelling of peace and war as acts of resilience related to religion. - The creation ad hoc of new narratives featuring extra-human agents as main characters of war and peace.

How to submit a proposal:

1. If you are interested, please register on the official EASR page and then propose your abstract (max 500 words) using the appropriate form and specifying your adhesion to the Open Session "War, Peace, and Resilience in the Ancient World Narratives". 2. At the same time, please send your abstract with a short bio to .

The event will be held in hybrid form, both live and online, for this reason scholars who cannot or prefer not to travel to Pisa are encouraged to participate.

For those who are interested, the contributions of this panel will be published by Sapienza University Press – New Series (work in progress). All articles will be peer reviewed.

Bibliografy Czarniawska, B. 2004, Narratives in Social Science Research, Sage. Fisher, W. R. 1987, Human Communication as Narration, University of South Carolina Press. Ranke, K. 1967, Kategorienprobleme der Volksprosa, «Fabula» 9/1-3, 4-12. Ricœur, P. 1983-1985, Temps et récit, Seuil. Rüpke, J. – Degelmann, C. 2015, Narratives as a Lens into Lived Ancient Religion, Individual Agency and Collective Identity, «Religion in the Roman Empire» 1/3, 289-296.

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