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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.

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Practical Information

Date: January 27 - 29, 2020
Venue: Old Courtroom, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen (38 Oude Boteringestraat) & Film Room, Protestant Theological University (25 Oude Ebbingestraat)

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Guests are welcome to join all sessions. Please register for participation with Susanne Luther (s.k.luther@rug.nl).