Toulouse 2022 Call for Papers
For the EABS 2022 conference in Toulouse the Early Christianity research unit invites abstract submissions around two themes:
1) Lived Religion
Lived religion (although varied in theoretical approaches) refers broadly to conceptualisations of ‘everyday’ religious identity and practice as opposed to idealised presentations in textual traditions and institutions. Papers could consider or critique categories such as ‘religion’, the ‘sacred’, or the ‘spiritual’ and their usefulness for studying practitioners in early Christian contexts, or offer case studies of the different ways ‘ordinary’ early Christians understood and engaged with their world.
2) Representations of Death and Execution
Explorations could include martyrological or documentary sources, artistic depictions, artefacts illuminating aspects of death or execution, as well as theological responses to the notion of death. The reception of the executions and/or deaths of key figures in Christian sources is another avenue of interest here.
We are particularly keen for papers to incorporate a range of primary evidence, including both the material and textual (including, but not limited to the New Testament, extra-biblical literature, apostolic fathers), as well as new or emerging methodologies in the field. We welcome engagement with all manifestations of early Christianity, as a broadly defined phenomenon.