About the Lab

Dissecting Cultural Pluralism: Religion and Society in the Ancient and Medieval Mediterranean is a Humanities Lab generously sponsored by the University of Virginia’s Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures¬†for the academic years 2017-2019.

This interdisciplinary laboratory 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. Laboratory participants include UVa scholars and graduate students from the Departments of Art, Classics, History, and Religious Studies.

The work of the lab is organized into three intersecting research clusters: Religious Pluralism, Sacred Cities, and Legacies and Lessons.

The lab hosts a range of events, including lectures and seminar by visiting scholars and biweekly meetings of lab participants.