Jewish, Christian and Muslim Travel Experiences (3rd century BCE—8th century CE)
Groningen, 27–29 January, 2020
We are inviting applications to present a paper (30 min) in a conference on “Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Travel Experiences (3rd century BCE-8th century CE)” in the charming Dutch university city of Groningen.
Travel and pilgrimage have become central research topics in recent years. Some archaeologists and historians have applied globalization theories to ancient intercultural connections. Classicists have rediscovered travel as a literary topic in Greek and Roman writing. Scholars of early Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have been rethinking long-familiar pilgrimage practices in new interdisciplinary contexts.
This conference aims to contribute to the study of ancient travel in two ways. First, our focus will be on experiences of travel. Our main question will be: How did travelers in the ancient world make sense of their journeys, real or imaginary, and of the places they visited? Second, by treating Jewish, Christian, and Islamic experiences together, we seek to develop a longue durée perspective and explore. the ways in which travel experiences across these three traditions resembled each other. By focusing on “experiences of travel,” we hope to foster interaction between the study of ancient travel in the humanities and that of broader human experience in the social sciences. Applications may deal with either or both together.
Part of the conference programme will be devoted to research presentations by graduate students (MA and PhD students). Students who would like to present their research (15 min) are invited to apply via email to the organizers providing a title and short abstract (200 words).
The deadline for applications is 24 May, 2019. Applicants will be informed about the decision in June, 2019.
We are currently applying for funding to provide lunch and dinner for all participants.
Applications and questions may be addressed to one of the organizers: