Aspects of Belief

in West Asia and the Mediterranean Basin

(1000 BCE – 100 CE)

Be a Respondent and/or a Session Moderator


A priority of this symposium is to encourage student participation. One way to encourage it and facilitate further connections between students and professional scholars is to provide formal opportunities for academic and professional development. We are pleased to announce that we are accepting student volunteers who are willing to write a formal response to one plenary speaker and deliver the response immediately following the plenary lecture (no less than 15 minutes). We feel that this is an excellent opportunity for postgraduate students, audience participation and creating a critical and thoughtful symposium.

Because we cannot accept every student that wishes to respond, we request that if you are interested, please send us an email. First, we would like to know the speaker to which you are interested in responding. Note, the choice of speaker does not need to be a part of your discipline or specialisation. It may be all the more interesting to hear responses that cross disciplinary boundaries. Second, please provide us with a brief (200 words or less) explanation of why you are fit to offer a formal response.

We ensure that the students who are selected will be given adequate time to formulate a response and receive any assistance that they need. In addition, our hope is to provide the student respondents with a draft of the plenary lecture approximately a month prior to June 3, 2020.If you want to take part in this initiative, please send us an email with the subject line “Respondent” to:



We are also accepting students and faculty volunteers for moderating the individual session. If you are interested, send an email to bssymposium2020@st-andrews.ac.uk with the subject line:“Moderator”

We are looking forward to hearing from you!