CFP: “Sacred Landscapes in the Peloponnese”

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Sparti, 30 March – 1 April 2012

in collaboration with the 5th Ephorate of Byzantine Studies (EBA) under the auspices of the Municipality of Sparti.

First Circular – Call for Papers

The sacred in all its expressions – religious architecture, holy places,
sacred art, creed, myth and legend, etc. – has throughout history been located in and responded to the natural and cultural landscape. The aim of the 3rd CSPS International Conference is to bring together scholars to discuss sacred landscapes in the Peloponnese from prehistory to post- Byzantine times with a focus on the following themes:

1. Sacred landscapes, identity/ethnicity
2. The Sacred in the natural landscape and seascape
3. ‘Sacred’ economies and the ownership of land
4. Setting of the sacred in art, literature, folklore and mythology
5. Pollution and purity and their spatial configuration
6. Ritual performance in its setting
7. Pilgrimage and movement through the landscape

Papers should not exceed 20 minutes. The official languages of the
Conference will be Greek and English.

To register for the conference or to submit an abstract for consideration, please request a registration form by e-mail from csps AT or, alternatively, by post from Dr Chrysanthi Gallou, Centre for Spartan & Peloponnesian Studies, Department of Archaeology, School of Humanities, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD, United Kingdom, no later than November 30th, 2011. Incomplete or belated registration forms will not be considered by the Scientific Committee of the Conference.

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