Ancient Religions Without Borders

Conference/Symposium | November 19 | 12:30-4:15 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

 Kea Johnston, PhD Candidate in Egyptology, Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley; Seth Sanders, Professor of Religious Studies, University of California, Davis; Abigail Hoskins, PhD Candidate, Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, UC Berkeley

 Gina Konstantoploulos, Assistant Professor in Ancient History, University of Tsukuba, Japan; Shana Zaia, Marie Skłodowksa-Curie Fellow at the University of Vienna, University of Vienna, Austria; Rita Lucarelli, Associate Professor of Egyptology, Department of Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley

 Near Eastern Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities

This presentations in this symposium explore the religious landscape of the ancient regions in what are now the modern nation-states of Egypt, Turkey, Syria, Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Iran. By erasing the geographical boundaries that traditionally define the study of the ancient Middle East, we also mean to reflect the erasure of conceptual borders that belong to an older method of research in ancient Near Eastern religion. In this symposium, international early-career faculty, senior faculty from the Department of Religious Studies at UC Davis, as well as Berkeley NES faculty and graduate students, will present papers that consider evidence for the mechanics of texts, material culture, and images dealing with divine agencies, gods, or God, and transcend conceptual, temporal and geographic borders.