This week we would like to let you know that an international conference entitled "SENSORIUM: Sensory Perceptions in the Roman Religion" is going to be held from the 16th to the 18th of November 2017 in Madrid, Spain.
Please note that the deadline for the submission of proposals is 30 April 2017 and read the full announcement below:
"Call for Papers
SENSORY PERCEPTIONS IN THE ROMAN RELIGION
Madrid, 16-18 November de 2017
The Institute of Historiography “Julio Caro Baroja”, at the University of Carlos III of
Madrid is organizing an international conference titled, “SENSORIUM: Sensory
Perceptions in the Roman Religion.” Researchers of ancient history, religious history,
archeology, anthropology, classical literature, and other related disciplines, are invited
to present their research relating to the poly-sensorial practice of religion in the Roman
Since M. Maussand Merleau-Ponty‟s publications about the role of the body in social
interactions during the first half of the twentieth century (Mauss 1934; Merleau-Ponty
1945), studies about embodiment have benefited from a considerable amount of success
since the 1990s in anthropology (Çsordas 1994, 2008), philosophy (Haraway 1991),
semiotics(Landowski 2005, Fusaroli, Demuru et al. 2009) and cognitive linguistics
(Geeraerts&Cuyckens 2007). The paradigm of embodiment considers that the body is
no longer a mere object that reproduces culture, but an ontological condition for the
existence of culture itself.
The “SENSORIUM: Sensory Perceptions in the Roman Religion” conference will
direct special attention to the physiological receptors that allow for the exchange of
information between the individual and the external world within a specific historicalcultural
context: Roman religion. For a time, studies about embodiment and religion
provoked a methodological excision in between the materiality of the body and ritual
action, on one hand, and the concept of “belief” on the other. It was a problem that,
while it resulted relatively new in anthropology and the history of religions (Godlove 2002, Bell 2002), was an old intellectual conflict about Roman religion that has now
been vigorously renewed thanks to the paradigm of Lived Ancient Religion. Even so, the
anthropological debate can allow for new approaches of analysis of the body in Roman
religion. An ideal point of departure are "sensory studies" (Hamilakis 2013; Toner
2016), which have shown that senses and sensory perception are not exclusively
biological or psychological issues, but have other social, political, and modal
dimensions. That is, socially, the sensory experiences are culturally learned, identified,
and recognized. Politically, these sensory experiences are shared collectively and,
therefore, can be an object of ideological instrumentalization. Or, in modal terms, the
senses cannot be a Cartesian object of analysis, but attention must be paid to flows of
continuities and discontinuities within the sensory experience.
Therefore, the issues to be addressed in the SENSORIUM conference are not limited to
a formal description of the senses in the Roman religion, but should investigate the
processes and manifestations through which the senses articulate the individual
experience of religious phenomena. For example: How do sensory perceptions stimulate
the formation of beliefs? How and with what intention are some senses stimulated more
than others in certain situations? In what manner are senses exploited in the collective
processes of constructing differentiated religious identities? The senses play a
primordial role in the socialization of individuals, in cognitive processes, and in the
recognition of cultural spaces. Consequently, the senses are identity and cultural
markers of integration or segregation that allow a huge variety of analysis, which is the
objective of this academic meeting.
Paper presentations should be approximately 20 minutes in length and can be delivered
in Spanish, English, German, French, or Italian. We encourage the use of English to
make easier the communication. All the papers will be published in English. The
contributions must be original works not previously published. Interested speakers
should send an abstract of their proposal (200-300 words), a short curriculum vitae, and
contact information before April 31, 2017, to the following address:
Accepted participants will pay a registration fee of 50 euros. The papers presented in the
colloquium will be published in a monographic volume that summarizes the
conclusions of the meeting and authors will receive a copy of the volume, as well as
certification that they presented their paper at the colloquium.
Speakers and Scientific Committee:
Greg Woolf (University of London, Institute of Classical Studies)
Richard Veymiers (Universiteit Leiden)
Henk Versnel (Professor Emeritus Universiteit Leiden)
Miguel John Versluys (Universiteit Leiden)
Yulia Ustinova (Ben Gurion University of the Negev)
Jörg Rüpke (Universität Erfurt, Max-Weber-Kolleg)
Elena Muñiz Grijalvo (Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla)
Attilio Mastrocinque (Università di Verona)
Clelia Martínez Maza (Universidad de Málaga)
Françoise van Haeperen (Université Catholique de Louvaine)
Adeline Grand-Clément (Université Toulouse II Jean Jaurès)
Richard Gordon (Universität Erfurt, Max-Weber-Kolleg)
Valentino Gasparini (Universität Erfurt, Max-Weber-Kolleg)
Laurent Bricault (Université Toulouse II Jean Jaurès)
Mark Bradley (University of Nottingham)
Nicole Belayche (École Pratique des Hautes Études de Paris)
Antón Alvar Nuño (ARYS)
Jaime Alvar Ezquerra (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, IHJCB)
Jaime Alvar Ezquerra
Antón Alvar Nuño
José Carlos López Gómez (PhD. candidate)
Beatriz Pañeda Murcia (PhD. candidate)
- The Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness Research Project Oriental
Religions in Spain (HAR2014-5231-P). Responsible: Jaime Alvar Ezquerra.
- The Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness Research Project La
invención del pagano: las fronteras de la identidad religiosa en el mundo
tardoantiguo(HAR2014-51946-P). Responsible: Clelia Martínez Maza.
- Humboldt Stiftung: Anneliese-Maier Forschunpreis (Sanctuary Project). Responsible:
- Association ARYS: Antigüedad, Religiones y Sociedades.
- Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
- Reciprocal Excellence Chair Fundación Banco de Santander-UC3M. Responsible:
- Instituto de Historiografía “Julio Caro Baroja”, research group: Historiography and
History of Religions.
- School of Humanities, Communication and Library Science. Universidad Carlos III de
- Department of Humanities, History, Geography and Art. Universidad Carlos III de
- Humanities Doctorate Program. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
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