International Interdisciplinary Conference

Conceptualising the Divine:

Revelations, Internalisations and Identifications with the Divine

in the Greek, Near Eastern and African Worlds

20–22 April 2017, North-West University (Potchefstroom)

Proposals are invited for papers on the conference theme, which aims at contextualising the concepts of the divine, focusing on revelations, internalisations and identifications with the divine in the Greek, Near Eastern and African worlds. Possible areas of interest involve public and personal religious attitudes, ways of religious interactions, divination, magic, the mysteries, Orphic cosmogony, internalisations of the divine, epiphanies, theurgy, unions with the divine and philosophical approaches for establishing these unions. The conference theme is inclusive of a wide range of specialisations, including Classical, Hellenistic and Late Antique Literature, Neoplatonism, Gnosticism, comparative religious studies, Jewish, Christian and Patristic literature; and religious texts from Persia, Babylonia and Northern Africa (Egypt, Libya, Numidia and Mauretania). The conference aims at publishing a selection of papers in a peer-reviewed edition.

Keynote addresses:

Ian Rutherford, University of Reading

Robert Ritner, University of Chicago

Titles with short abstracts (500 words) should be submitted to Eleni Pachoumi at:  Submission deadline: 20 February 2017.

Practical information about the conference:

For further information, please, contact Eleni Pachoumi at:

Dr Eleni Pachoumi

School of Ancient Language and Text Studies

North West University

Faculty of classics

Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies