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ANAHITA  January 2000

ANAHITA January 2000

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Re: Voyages CFP

From:

Deborah Burnham <[log in to unmask]>

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Women and Gender in the Ancient World <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 6 Jan 2000 19:07:24 -0800

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Please quantify "late antiquity."

Deborah Burnham


--- Ross Scaife <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> (forwarded by request; for more info contact James
> Francis,
> [log in to unmask])
>
> A.P.A. San Diego: 2001
>
> COLLOQUIUM ON LATE ANTIQUITY: Voyages Real and
> Imagined in Late Antiquity
> Organizers: James A. Francis, University of Kentucky
> and Carlos R.
> Galvão-Sobrinho, Yale University and Unicamp, Brazil
>
>
> Late antiquity was not only a time of transition, it
> was also a world of
> movement. Seldom in antiquity do we find such
> restlessness Everywhere we
> turn we see people journeying, migrating, setting
> out to and coming back
> from remote lands and locales of imagination.
> Seldom, however, do we frame
> the period in such terms. The barbarian migrations,
> and the further
> dislocations they engendered, are but the most
> spectacular journeys of the
> period. Further consideration reveals bishops
> wearing down the roads
> travelling to and from councils, monks flocking to
> the desert, and the
> advent of religious pilgrimage. Peasants migrate;
> slaves run away. In
> literature, novels and lives weave intricate plots
> of exotic voyages,
> heroic journeys, and searches for lost loves that
> encompass the known
> world. Nor is this phenomenon limited to physical
> travel. Metaphors of
> movement dominate consideration of the soul and the
> divine: ascent,
> descent, emanation, transmigration, and conversion
> to name but a few.
> Indeed, the very reading and writing of texts can
> itself be seen as a journey.
>
> The organizers of this panel invite papers which
> probe various
> manifestations and meanings of travel and movement,
> physical, fictional,
> and spiritual, in Late Antiquity. We seek to explore
> what insights might be
> gained by viewing Late Antiquity as an "age of
> movement" or "age in
> motion," and perhaps adjust or refine our
> impressions of the period.
> Examples of topics that would suit this panel
> include: Roman roads and the
> imperial post, anachoresis, travelogues, the ascent
> of the soul, Gnostic
> cosmology, accounts of conversion experiences,
> Neoplatonic anthropology,
> travel as a motif in ancient fiction, logistics, and
> utopian conceptions.
> Papers with an interdisciplinary interest or method
> are particularly
> encouraged.
>
> The panel is part of the APA three-year colloquium
> on Late Antiquity
> chaired by Dennis Trout. The panel organizers are
> James A. Francis (Honors
> Program, 1153 Patterson Office Tower, University of
> Kentucky, Lexington, KY
> 40506-0027, [log in to unmask]) and Carlos R.
> Galvão-Sobrinho (Departmento
> de História, IFCH, Unicamp, Campinas, SP 13081-970,
> Brazil,
> [log in to unmask]) Abstracts of no more than
> 500 words should be
> sent by February 1, 2000 preferably to both
> organizers via email. If
> necessary, abstracts may be mailed to James Francis
> at the address listed
> or faxed to him at 606-257-3743 All submissions will
> be judged anonymously
> by a panel of referees.
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