CFP: Gods in Ruins

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Gods in Ruins: The archaeology of religious activity in Protohistoric,

Archaic, and Republican central Italy


Gods in Ruins is a two-day conference to be held over March 20-22, 2011 at
Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.

This conference invites presentation of the results of current or ongoing
work on archaeological evidence for religious activities in central Italy,
with a particular view to advancing scholarly debate on periods, places,
and phenomena under-represented in the literary sources. We aim to bring
together researchers across a range of fields including archaeology, art
history, history, anthropology, archaeozoology, and religious studies; and
to stimulate discussion of shared methodological concerns as well as
sharing new results.

Topics for discussion may include, but are not limited to:
• Methodologies for an archaeology of religion
• Cult sites
• Ritual objects and their cultural biographies
• Votives and dedicators
• Religious landscapes

We welcome abstracts from advanced postgraduate students, postdoctoral
researchers, and early career academics whose work engages in whole or in
part with the material remains of religious activities – sanctuaries,
religious architecture, votives, and organic and inorganic residue of
ritual practices – from any period or region in central Italy prior to
c.200 B.C. The language of the conference will be English. Presentations
will be limited to 20 minutes and followed by time for questions and
discussion. Abstracts of approximately 300 words should be sent to
charlotte.potts AT by September 30, 2010 with ‘Gods in Ruins’ as
the email’s subject.

Please note that this will be a residential conference at Lady Margaret
Hall, Oxford. Generous support from Oxford’s Craven Committee means that we
hope to subsidise accommodation for speakers with accepted papers on a pro
rata basis.

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