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 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)