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CFP: “Mysticism & Devotion” - Spring 2017 Mediterranean Seminar Workshop (21–22 April: Boulder CO)

Paper proposals and round-table participants are being sought for the Mediterranean Seminar’s Spring 2017 Workshop, sponsored by the CU Mediterranean Studies Group and the Program for Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, to be held at the University of Colorado at Boulder on 21-22 April on the subject “Mysticism and Devotion in the Multi-Religious Pre-Modern Mediterranean.”

For the workshop (to be held on Friday, 21 April), we invite abstracts of in-progress drafts of articles or book/dissertation chapters on any aspect of mysticism, devotion, theology, worship, or religiosity in the pre-Modern Mediterranean, broadly construed, but particularly papers relating to the multi-religious environment of the region, including cross-confessional influence, relations, syncretism, or papers that address the longue durée, methodology, or that are comparative in approach. Papers from any relevant Humanities or Social Sciences discipline are welcome. All North American-based scholars (or foreign scholars who will be in the US at this time) working on relevant material are encouraged to apply. Scholars from further abroad may apply but we cannot pay full travel costs. ABD PhD students, junior and non-tenure track faculty are particularly welcome to apply. The workshop will also feature a presentation by our featured scholar, Prof. Amy Remensnyder (History: Brown University)

The second day, Saturday, 22 April February, will feature a set of round-table conversations, focusing on questions such as:
1. Mysticism and Doctrine - are they compatible or do they conflict?
2. Do mystical traditions have a politics?
3. “Mediterranean Religion”: does it function as a category?

Participants will be expected to attend the entire two-day symposium. Workshop presenters will have their travel and accommodation expenses paid for; round-table presenters will receive a substantial travel subvention.

A separate call for non-presenting workshop and symposium attendees will go out in February. Limited travel subsidies will be available for non-presenting attendees.

The deadline for workshop and round table  proposals is January 15, 2017.
Please submit an abstract (250-500 words) and two-page CV by this date to (subject line: Spring 2017 Proposal).
If you are applying to present at the workshop, please indicate this clearly, state the title of your paper and its nature (e.g. article, book chapter, dissertation chapter).  Successful applicants are expected to submit a 35-page (maximum) double-spaced paper-in-progress for pre-circulation by March 15.
If you are applying to participate in a round-table, please indicate which round table(s) you are applying for. Round table participates will be required to submit a 3-5 page “position paper’ by April 7.
You may apply for both a workshop presentation and round-table discussion.

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