CFP: Praying and Contemplating: Religious and Philosophical Interactions in Late Antiquity

North-West University (Potchefstroom), South Africa—March 31–April 2, 2016

Proposals are invited for papers on the conference theme, which aims to explore the interactions and syncretistic tensions between religion and philosophy in texts dating from the 3rd to the 7th c. A.D. Possible areas of interest include personal religious attitudes, notions of theurgy, the mysteries, magic and philosophical approaches to access the divine. The organisers are willing to include a wide range of specialisations, including Patristic literature, Jewish and Syriac religious texts, Neoplatonism, Magical texts, Orphism, Chaldaean Oracles, Alchemy, Manichaeism, Gnosticism, Hermetica and the Coptic Nag Hammadi Library.

Titles with short abstracts (500 words) should be submitted to Eleni Pachoumi (elenipachoumi at hotmail.com). The submission deadline is extended to January 10, 2016. The conference also aims to publish the papers in a peer-reviewed edition.

The International Interdisciplinary Conference is organised by the School of Ancient Language and Text Studies at North-West University, Potchefstroom in collaboration with UNISA. This conference is the second activity of the research group on Late Antiquity Studies of the focus group on Ancient Texts: Text, Context and Reception of the School of Ancient Language and Text Studies.

For further information, please, contact Eleni Pachoumi (elenipachoumi at hotmail.com)

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