The research group focuses a) on various aspects of the social life of the Graeco-Roman world (e.g. household networks and religion, kinship, friendship and other relationships, slavery, prostitution, social and geographical mobility, social groups, everyday life in Graeco-Roman cities etc.) that are part of the socio-historical context of the New Testament texts and therefore provide insight into them, and b) on artifacts from the Graeco-Roman world (e.g. inscriptions, papyri and archeological findings) that can shed light on various aspects of the New Testament texts and events.
Papers that present interdisciplinary approaches to the topics under discussion and offer new insights and fresh interpretations of New Testament texts placing them within their socio-historical context are welcome.
Call for Papers — 2015 Cordoba
Two sessions are scheduled for the meeting in Cordoba:
a) an open session where papers on any topic within the range of the interests of the research group are welcome.
b) a session focused on ‘Christians, connectivity and networks in the ancient Mediterranean':
In recent years ‘connectivity’, mobility and the fluidity of the movement of people, goods, and ideas have emerged as influential paradigms in studies of the ancient Mediterranean. At the same time, critical reassessments of the Mediterranean as an interconnected region emphasise regional diversity and restricted access to mobility and exchange. The current interest in connections has come with a new upsurge of network analysis, utilised as a heuristic perspective or as a methodological tool, to map nodes, flows and ties and to analyse political, economic and religious interaction. For the study of Christian origins much remains to be explored, beyond the commonplace notion that the relatively peaceful conditions and road network of the early Roman Empire facilitated thespread of the Christian message.
The purpose of this session is to explore 1) the implications of Mediterranean connectivity, and its boundaries, for Christian origins, 2) how Christian networking mapped onto contemporary practices, and 3) the possibilities and limitations of network analysis for Christian origins, the New Testament writings and the context in which they were produced. Issues which papers might address include, but are not limited to: the possibilities and limits of mobility and travel; the social roles of envoys and letter carriers; diplomatic practices and correspondence; connections between private associations, on local or trans-local levels; social networks and conversion; the spread of religious knowledge, ideas and practices.
Ekaterini Tsalampouni, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, GR (email@example.com)
Birgit van der Lans, University of Groningen, NL (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Paper proposal submissions on the website of EABS (http://www.eabs.net/site/)