The Department of Religious Studies at Yale University is pleased to announce a call for papers for a graduate
studies conference entitled “Channels of Communication: Interreligious Dialogues in Late Antiquity,” which
is scheduled to be held at Yale on Sunday and Monday, October 22-23, 2006.
The conference is intended to provide a forum for conversation between students and faculty who have been
conducting research on aspects of cultural interaction between representatives of various religions in the ancient
world, including but not limited to Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Manicheanism, Greco-Roman religions, etc.
We are particularly interested in submissions that approach the topic of interreligious dialogue from crossdisciplinary
or theoretical perspectives. Topics for consideration might include but are not limited to:
• Representations of interreligious dialogue.
• Literary and exegetical debates.
• Material culture of ancient religion.
• Historical methods for the study of interreligious contact.
We welcome submissions from graduate students of all levels, although we are particularly interested in
presentations based on long-term research projects. If you would like to be considered for participation, please
submit a 300-word abstract that clearly states the central argument of your paper via e-mail to either of the
conference organizers listed below by May 15, 2006. Please include full contact information with your
submission. Papers should have presentation times of approximately 20 minutes.
Prospective attendees are encouraged to seek funding from their home institutions. The organizers will make
every effort to provide housing for conference participants. All inquiries concerning the conference, including
travel and accommodations, should be directed to the conference organizers.
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