CFP: ‘Art and Religions in Antiquity: Crafting Religion in the Western Empire’, Society for Biblical Literature Annual Meeting (23 November 2021), deadline 23 March 2021

The Society for Biblical Literature calls for papers on ‘Art and Religions in Antiquity: Crafting Religion in the Western Empire’ as part of its 2021 annual meeting on 23 November.

‘Continuing a series of sessions that the Art and Religions of Antiquity program has held devoted to regional studies (Syria, the Aegean, etc.), we invite papers on art and religion in the Western Empire (Gaul, Spain, Italy, Britain). We particularly encourage studies that identify regional distinctiveness in art, religious practices, and even religious texts that can be connected to practices and/or arts unique to the region(s). We welcome papers examining not only spaces and objects typically seen as “religious” (churches, shrines, cemeteries and tombs, reliquaries, etc.) but also the ways art and religion were manifest in family estates, domestic spaces, and private commissions.’

Please email your proposal to program unit chairs Mark Ellison ( and Vasiliki Limberis ( by 23 March 2021.

Please note it has not been confirmed whether or not the conference will be in person, or if presenters may contribute via Zoom if the meeting does meet in San Antonio (although a virtual option seems likely at this time)


Published by Lydia McCutcheon

Lydia McCutcheon graduated from the University of Kent with a First Class Honours in History in 2019. She also holds an MSt in Medieval Studies from the University of Oxford. Her dissertation on the twelfth-century miracle collections for St Thomas Becket and the stained-glass 'miracle windows' at Canterbury Cathedral explored the presentation of children and familial relationships in textual and visual narratives. Her research interests include the visual and material cultures of saints and sanctity, pilgrimage, and childhood and the family.

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