Groningen, 27–29 January, 2020
Call for Applications 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.
Topic 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
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.
Graduate Students 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).
Deadline The deadline for applications is 24 May, 2019. Applicants
will be informed about the decision in June, 2019.
Applications and questions may be addressed to one of the organizers:
Susanne Luther firstname.lastname@example.org
Clare Wilde email@example.com
Bärry Hartog firstname.lastname@example.org