MAP organizes its second conference, “Naming and Mapping the Gods in the Ancient Mediterranean. Spaces, Mobilities, Imaginaries“, in Toulouse, from 25 to 27 March 2020.
For more informations, please take a look at the full presentation of the conference.
The call for papers and posters (format of proposals) is open until the 28th of June, 2019, 12:00 (Paris time).
Proposals must be submitted to the following address: https://mappinggods.sciencesconf.org/.
Scholarships are available for young researchers (please contact us for more details).
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The Ancient Mediterranean is a world full of gods. Far from being confined to their sanctuaries, the gods are rooted in the human environment in multiple ways: the towns, the crossroads, the borders and boundaries, the forests, the mountains, the sea and many other spaces where they continue to dwell. Equally, they colonise imagined spaces, when poets and authors evoke their living areas or those that they move through on their different adventures. It is therefore logical that specialists on the Antiquity have studied the inscription of the divine in space for a long time already. In this perspective, the conference Naming and Mapping the gods in the Ancient Mediterranean. Spaces, Mobilities, Imaginaries hopes to bring together the competences and specialties of multiple disciplines – archaeology, history, geography, anthropology, history of religions, philology, reception, social network analysis – in order to consider new documentation corpora concerning the intersection between the divine and space. Subsequently, this intersection invokes a multitude of questions, which are given in the lines of approach below.
Furthermore, the conference aims to differentiate itself by proposing an innovative angle of approach, inspired by the themes of the ERC MAP project: the intersection between the spaces and designations of the gods. The ways of naming the divine powers, given that they are envisaged as ways to define, characterise, differentiate, but also to connect, effectively constitute many indexes of a dynamic and complex “mapping” of the divine. In this regard, many points have been proposed: Space as an onomastic trait, Naming the space of the gods, The ways of presenting the gods in space, Putting the gods and places in equation, Sanctuaries and the emergence of towns, Urban “religions”.
A particular individual descended before the ark as prayer leader in the presence of Rabbi Ḥanina. He extended his prayer and said: “God, the great, mighty, awesome, powerful, mighty, awe-inspiring, strong, fearless, steadfast and honored”. Rabbi Ḥanina waited for him until he completed his prayer. When he finished, Rabbi Ḥanina asked him: “Have you concluded all of the praises of your Master? Why do I need all of this superfluous praise? Even these three praises that we recite: The great, mighty and awesome, had Moses our teacher not said them in the Torah and had the members of the Great Assembly not come and incorporated them into the Amida prayer, we would not be permitted to recite them. And you went on and recited all of these. It is comparable to a king who possessed many thousands of golden dinars, yet they were praising him for silver ones. Isn’t that deprecatory?”
(Baylonian Talmud, Berakhot, 33b)
The MAP project invites researchers in the field of History of Ancient Religions, for stays from 2 to 4 months, from the 6th of January to the 18th of December, 2020 in Toulouse.
You can find the complete call here
Deadline for submission of applications: 21st of June, 2019, 12:00 (Paris time).
An electronic version of the application should be uploaded here
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