Dissecting Cultural Pluralism: Religion and Society in the Ancient and Medieval Mediterranean

Our laboratory, generously funded by IHGC and Mellon foundation, is organized around the overarching theme of ancient and medieval Mediterranean religious pluralism, focusing on topics of cultural inclusivity and cultural translation, in order to identify and follow trajectories of cultural, religious and political pluralism across related religions and societies. The key problems our laboratory seeks to address involve strategies of resistance against cultural reductionism, both regarding academic disciplines and popular appropriations. Lab participants include UVa scholars and graduate students from the Departments of Art, Classics, History, and Religious Studies. In 2018-2019, the Lab will be hosting a number of high-profile events, more on which is found here: https://pages.shanti.virginia.edu/Religion_and_Society_Lab/

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