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Two new calls for papers / panels in Ancient History and History of Religions

Two interesting calls for papers / panels have been recently released on general topics related to Ancient History and History of Religions:

1) Classical Association of Canada Annual Meeting 2014 

The Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of Canada (CAC) will be held at McGill University in Montreal, May 6 to 9, 2014. The program committee is inviting proposals for paper presentations. In addition to submissions from individual speakers, we solicit proposals for panels from research networks and sponsored research teams that wish to present their collaborative work. Proposals from graduate students (PhD) should include a supporting letter from their supervisor.
Proposals should be sent to the chair of the program committee at, indicating the following reference in the subject line: Paper Proposal, Name (or: Panel Proposal, Name of the responsible panel contact). The submission deadline for proposals is January 15, 2014. In an ongoing effort to ensure a high quality of contributions, all submissions will undergo the process of double blind review.
Nota bene: The CAC conference will be held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Association of Ancient Historians (AAH), which will run in part in parallel with the CAC, from May 8 to 11. A joint keynote address is scheduled for May 8, 2014.

2) XXI World Congress of IAHR: Dynamics of Religion: Past and Present – Call for Panels

The XXI World Congress of the International Association for the History of
Religions (IAHR) will take place August 23-29, 2015 in Erfurt, Germany,
looking at the »Dynamics of Religion: Past and Present«.
Religion is a human, historical, social and cultural phenomenon. As such,
religious ideas, practices, discourses, institutions, and social expressions
are constantly in processes of change. The Congress will address the processes
of change, the dynamics of religions past, present, and future, on several
interconnected levels of analysis and theory, namely that of the individual,
community and society, practices and discourses, beliefs, and narrations.
These will be addressed within four areas:
•       Religious communities in society: Adaptation and transformation
•       Practices and discourses: Innovation and tradition
•       The individual: Religiosity, spiritualities and individualization
•       Methodology: Representations and interpretations
We invite contributions from all disciplines of religious studies and related
fields of research to allow for broad, interdisciplinary discussion of the
Congress topic to register their panels for the XXI World Congress of the
Each panel lasts two hours. Panel papers should be limited to 20 to 30
minutes, depending on the number of panel participants. Panel conveners are
asked to approach possible participants from different nations to reflect the
scope and internationality of the IAHR Congress.
To propose a panel, please submit a general proposal of the panel as well as
individual proposals of all papers included in the panel. Both panel and
papers of a proposed panel will be evaluated by the Academic Program Committee
to ensure a high academic standard of the Congress program. We therefore ask
panel conveners to submit the proposals of all prospective panel participants
of a proposed panel as indicated by the submission form. Proposals of panels
and of papers should not exceed 150 words.
The deadline for submission of proposals is Sunday, September 14, 2014. All
proposals must be submitted electronically via the IAHR 2015 website
( This site will be available for submissions from Sunday,
September 1, 2013 through Sunday, September 14, 2014. As part of the
submission process, you will be asked to indicate the area in which you would
like your proposal considered. Your proposal will then be forwarded to the
appropriate member of the Academic Program Committee.
You will receive notice concerning the status of your proposal as soon as
possible and certainly before March 1, 2015. If your panel or paper has been
accepted by the Academic Program Committee, please note that you will have to
register as Congress participant before May 15, 2015 to be included in the
Congress program.
For any further questions, please contact the organizers at

New Publication: S. Paul, Cultes et sanctuaires de l’île de Cos

New publication on the topic of Greek religion in Cos:

S. Paul, Cultes et sanctuaires de l’île de Cos, Liège, 2013 (Kernos, suppl. 28)

En 366 avant notre ère, les différentes communautés de l’île de Cos s’unissent en une seule cité, dont le centre urbain, nommé Cos par homo­nymie avec l’île, sera fondé sur la pointe nord-est. Ce change­ment politique a profondément marqué le paysage reli­gieux de l’île, en réorganisant les cultes et en reconfigurant le panthéon. Par un savant mélange entre nouveaux cultes et traditions ancestrales, cette réforme donnait à la communauté nouvellement constituée la cohésion d’une identité religieuse partagée. Par la suite, l’inscription de nombreuses réglementations cultuelles et l’importante activité édilitaire dans les sanctuaires, poursuivies au moins jusqu’au ier siècle avant notre ère, attestent la vitalité des cultes de cette cité à la période hellénistique. Une telle abondance documentaire fait de l’île de Cos un lieu idéal pour étudier les pratiques religieuses des anciens Grecs et pour interpréter le polythéisme grec à l’échelle locale, en illustrant à la fois la richesse, la complexité et la dynamique des panthéons régionaux.




New publication: D.L. Clayman, Berenice II and the Golden Age of Ptolemaic Egypt

New publication on the topic of Ptolemaic queenship:

Berenice II and the Golden Age of Ptolemaic Egypt

D.L. Clayman (Graduate Center of CUNY)

A mother of six, immensely wealthy and ambitious, Berenice II, daughter of King Magas of Cyrene and wife of Ptolemy III Euergetes, came to embody all the key religious, political, and artistic ideals of Ptolemaic Alexandria. Through she arrived there nearly friendless, with the taint of murder around her, she became one of the most accomplished and powerful of the Macedonian queens descended from the successors of Alexander the Great. Rather exceptionally, she was at the center of a group of important poets and intellectuals associated with the Museum and Library, not the least of which was Callimachus, the most important poet of the age. These men wrote poems not just for her, but about her, and their eloquent voices projected her charisma widely across the Greek-speaking world.


New publication: S.L. Ager and R.A. Faber (eds), Belonging and Isolation in the Hellenistic World

New publication on the topic of cultural contacts and identity in the Hellenistic world:

Belonging and Isolation in the Hellenistic World

Edited by Sheila L. Ager, Riemer and A. Faber (University of Waterloo)

The Hellenistic period was a time of unprecedented cultural exchange. In the wake of Alexander’s conquests, Greeks and Macedonians began to encounter new peoples, new ideas, and new ways of life; consequently, this era is generally considered to have been one of unmatched cosmopolitanism. For many individuals, however, the broadening of horizons brought with it an identity crisis and a sense of being adrift in a world that had undergone a radical structural change. Belonging and Isolation in the Hellenistic World presents essays by leading international scholars who consider how the cosmopolitanism of the Hellenistic age also brought about tensions between individuals and communities, and between the small local community and the mega-community of oikoumene, or ‘the inhabited earth.’ With a range of social, artistic, economic, political, and literary perspectives, the contributors provide a lively exploration of the tensions and opportunities of life in the Hellenistic Mediterranean.

New publication: A. Spalinger and J. Armstrong, Rituals of Triumph in the Mediterranean World

New publication on the topic of festivals, victory and processions:

Rituals of Triumph in the Mediterranean World

Edited by A. Spalinger and J. Armstrong, University of Auckland

New publication: E. Carney, Arsinoe of Egypt and Macedon

New publication on the topic of Hellenistic queenship:

Arsinoe of Egypt and Macedon
A Royal Life

E. Carney, Clemson University

The life of Arsinoë II (c. 316-c.270 BCE), daughter of Ptolemy Soter, the founder of the Ptolemaic dynasty, is characterized by dynastic intrigue. Her marriage to her full brother Ptolemy II, king of Egypt, was the first of the sibling The life of Arsinoë II (c. 316-c.270 BCE), daughter of the founder of the Ptolemaic dynasty, is characterized by dynastic intrigue. Her marriage to her full brother Ptolemy II, king of Egypt, was the first of the sibling marriages that became a dynastic feature of the Ptolemies. With Ptolemy II, she ended her days in great wealth and power. However, prior to that point she was forced to endure two tumultuous marriages, both of which led her to flee for her life. Arsinoë was the model for the powerful role Ptolemaic women gradually acquired as co-rulers of their empire, and her image continued to play a role in dynastic solidarity for centuries to come. Although Arsinoë was the pivotal figure in the eventual evolution of regnal power for Ptolemaic women–and despite a considerable body of recent scholarship across many fields relevant to her life–there has been no up-to-date biography in English of her life. Elizabeth Donnelly Carney, in sifting through the available archaeological and literary evidence, offers here an accessible and reasoned portrait. In describing Arsinoë’s significant role in the courts of Thrace and Alexandria, Carney weaves discussions of earlier Macedonian royal women, the institution of sibling marriage, and the reasons for its longstanding success in Hellenistic Egypt, ultimately providing an expansive view of this integral Hellenistic figure.

New publication: Ch. Frevel and Ch. Nihan (eds), Purity and the Forming of Religious Traditions in the Ancient Mediterranean World …

We would like to draw attention to this new publication on the topic of purity and religious traditions in the Ancient Mediterranean World. Despite the large scope of this work, many contributions deal with purity in the Greek world. Great attention deserves also the contribution of J.F. Quack on purity in Egyptian religion, which will suscitate the interest of scholars in Hellenistic and particularly Ptolemaic religion.

Purity and the Forming of Religious Traditions in the Ancient Mediterranean World and Ancient Judaism

Edited by Christian Frevel (Universität Bonn) and Christophe Nihan (Université de Lausanne)


New publication: J. Ma, Statues and Cities

New publication on the topic of honours in Hellenistic cities:

Statues and Cities

Honorific Portraits and Civic Identity in the Hellenistic World

John Ma, Corpus Christi College, Oxford 

Why say thank you with a portrait statue? This book combines two different and quite specialized fields, archaeology and epigraphy, to explore the phenomenon of portraits in ancient art within the historical and anthropological context of city-states honouring worthy individuals through erecting statues, and the development of families imitating this practice.
This transaction tells us a lot about the history of these cities and how ancient art worked as a construction of relations during the Hellenistic period (c. 350 BC- c. AD 1), which is marked by a political culture of civic devotion, common decision making, and publicness.
As honorific statues were considered public art, the volume also investigates the workings of images, representations, memory, and the monumental public form of permanent inscription, to see what stories the Hellenistic city-states can reveal about themselves.

Séminaire international NEITH : Religions en contact dans la Méditerranée hellénistique

Université de Liège – Département de Sciences de l’Antiquité

Le Séminaire de recherche international NEITH nait en octobre 2012 de l’exigence de discuter les phénomènes de contact entre religions différentes traditions religieuses, tels que révélés par la documentation de la période hellénistique, avec une attention particulière pour leurs relations entre la période hellénistique et les ères précédentes. Dans le cadre d’un atelier international permanent, il s’agit de combiner les méthodes héritées du comparatisme en histoire des religions avec les paradigmes les plus modernes concernant les influences mutuelles entre cultures en contact, tout en reconnaissant aux dossiers documentaires la place centrale de cette recherche, qui est enrichie par l’apport de chercheurs aux expertises diverses. Continuer la lecture de Séminaire international NEITH : Religions en contact dans la Méditerranée hellénistique