Franz Joseph Dölger-Institut

zur Erforschung der Spätantike

Call for Papers: Conference on Religious and Philosophical Conversion in Ancient Mediterranean Traditions (CoRPC)

25.09.2018 bis 27.09.2018


Call for Papers, deadline: 30.01.2018

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the Conference on Religious and Philosophical Conversion in Ancient Mediterranean Traditions (CoRPC) , which will take place at the University of Bonn from 25 to 27 of September 2018 (https://www.etf.uni-bonn.de/de/ev-theol/institute/corpc/Startseite).

Steering Committee
Kelley Coblentz Bautch (St. Edward's University in Austin)
Athanasios Despotis (Universität Bonn)
Edith M. Humphrey (Pittsburgh Theological Seminary)
Hermut Löhr (Universität Bonn)

Rationale: Research on the experience of religious conversion or spiritual transformation is necessarily interdisciplinary and interest in this field grows progressively. In light of this important and burgeoning area of study, CoRPC explores conversion or converting experience in the environment of the ancient Hellenistic world(s) with attention to early Judaism and early Christianity/the New Testament. Presentations will undertake both historical and philological reconstructions relying on source material and utilising interdisciplinary approaches. Similarly, discussions take up the literary use of the motif of conversion, the topic of philosophical conversion as well as ritual, social and embodied aspects of spiritual transformation.

CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS (in alphabetical order)
Pierre-Yves Brandt, Lausanne
Natacha Bustos, Rosario
Stephen Chester, Chicago
Athanasios Despotis, Bonn
Edith M. Humphrey, Pittsburgh
Miguel Herrero de Jauregui, Madrid
Rikard Roitto, Stockholm

We are accepting papers for the following main subjects of discussion:
1. Theorising conversion and de-conversion
2. “Turning” in the Hebrew Bible
3. Conversion rhetorics in Hellenistic Judaism
4. Spiritual transformation in the purview of the Qumran Communities
5. Conversion in the New Testament and Christian Apocrypha
6. Philosophical conversion
7. Conversion and the pagan mysteries
8. Early Christian reception of the New Testament texts
9. Polemical and satirical approaches to religious and philosophical conversion
10. Ecumenical readings
11. CSR (Cognitive Science of Religion) approaches to conversion experience in the Jewish and Hellenistic world

Abstracts of no more than 300 words for 20-minute papers should be sent to corpc@ev-theol.uni-bonn.de by 30th January 2018. The abstracts will be reviewed by 15th of February.

We look forward to hearing from you and please do not hesitate to contact us at corpc@ev-theol.uni-bonn.de with any questions.

Best regards,
PD Dr. Athanasios Despotis
Abteilung für Neues Testament
An der Schlosskirche 2-4
53113 Bonn, Germany
Tel. +49228739421