Category Archives: Conferences

The 2020 CBA Annual Meeting, Online

It was a really good conference, even if only online.  And I’m very much looking forward to being in DC next year for the meeting, in person.

Unlike other professional conferences for biblical scholars, CBA charged nothing for participation.   Other societies should take note.

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Posted by on 5 Aug 2020 in Catholic Biblical Association, Conferences


UpDate Concerning the 16th Century Society Conference

Dear Members and Friends,

We write to update you on plans for the annual meeting of the Sixteenth Century Society & Conference, scheduled for 29 October – 1 November 2020 at the Baltimore Renaissance Harborplace Hotel.

At this time we are planning to meet in person in Baltimore, provided that city and state officials will sanction meetings of groups of 250 or more at the end of October.  We are monitoring the situation carefully and will inform you of developments that will affect us as they become clear.

While circumstances could change, we are taking the following steps to ensure participants’ safety:

* Because of the necessity for social distancing, rooms in which papers will be presented will have fewer seats. Seating capacity for every room must be followed.

* The hotel ballrooms will be used for panels as much as possible, which will allow the spacing of seats to meet current social distancing guidelines.

* Masks covering the nose and mouth will likely be required.

* We may not be able to hold receptions as we have in the past.  We will follow all health guidelines and hotel policies regarding receptions.

While these changes will make the experience different than in past years, we have chosen this path because other options are not viable ones for the SCSC.  We have explored the possibilities of meeting in either a hybrid in-person and virtual format or a fully online format.  Unfortunately, the Society does not possess the logistical or the financial resources to organize a hybrid or an online conference.

Please click here to book hotel reservations at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel to attend the 2020 annual meeting of the SCSC in Baltimore, MD.  The SCSC rate is $209 per night for up to 4 people in a room, plus 15.5% state and local taxes. (Tax rates are subject to change without notice.). If circumstances prevent us from meeting, enough notice will be given to permit cancellation of hotel reservations.

Please click here to register for the conference.  Again, if circumstances prevent us from meeting, registrants will have at least three refund options:  the registration fee may be donated to the SCSC and can be used as a 2020 tax deduction; it can be postponed as the registration fee for the 2021 annual meeting in San Diego; or it can be completely refunded.

The past spring, when the pandemic was getting worse with each passing day, over four hundred of our SCSC colleagues stood up and said, “Count me in.”  We are putting the program together based on those proposals and it promises to be as robust and enriching as past conferences have been.  We will keep membership informed of further developments as the date of our meeting approaches, and we wish you well.


Susannah B. Monta, John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C., and Glynn Family Honors Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame, Vice President and Program Chair, SCSC

Bruce Janacek, Professor of History, North Central College, Executive Director, SCSC

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Posted by on 3 Jul 2020 in Conferences


Have 3 Hours To Occupy? This Panel Discussion May Do the Trick

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Posted by on 27 Jun 2020 in Conferences, Theology


A Zoom Session on Sinaiticus

Wednesday, July 1, 10am CET, TeTra Seminar paper on Zoom:

Brent Nongbri (MF Norwegian School of Theology) — “Revisiting the Date of Codex Sinaiticus”.  If you’d like to attend, feel free to contact us at or

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Posted by on 25 Jun 2020 in Biblical Studies Resources, Conferences


The 2020 Enoch Seminar Is Going to Be Online

There is quite a full schedule of events, and I urge you to visit their website for the details.  Some really excellent sessions are in store for those attending.  Including, but not limited to

DAY 1 (Monday, June 29, 2020)

9:30am-10am – Opening. A conversation of Gabriele Boccaccini with John Collins and Amy-Jill Levine on the present and future of studies of Second Temple Judaism, while participants gather from all around the world (with Isaac Oliver, Rodney Caruthers and Sofanit Abebe)

12:00pm-1:30/45 pm [Chair Archie Wright] — 1. If “apocalyptic is the mother of theology,” is the problem of evil the mother of “apocalyptic”?

Panelists: Ida Fröhlich, Albert Baumgarten, Emmanouela Grypeou
Respondents: Matthew Goff, Matthias Hoffmann, Alexander Kulik
Discussants: Gabriele Boccaccini, Ronald Herms

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Posted by on 25 Jun 2020 in Conferences


Call For Papers

Righteousness in Early Modern Christianity. Voices, Fruits & Failures

All the details are here.

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Posted by on 25 Jun 2020 in Church History, Conferences


Add this ‘New Trinitarian Ontologies’ Conference Session to your ‘Things to Do’ List

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Posted by on 20 Jun 2020 in Conferences, Theology


The European Academy of Religion 2020 Conference

📣#EuARe2020 Digital Conference: READY TO START🤩
👉Each day from Sunday 21st you will experience:
📌a Keynote Lecture,
📌an Alberigo Award presentation
📌a selection of the panels
Join our newly created YouTube Channel👉
#Staytuned to keep up with the events: we look forward to meeting you online‼️

From their facebook page.

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Posted by on 17 Jun 2020 in Conferences


Tomorrow’s Seminar is Full, But There’s Still Time to Sign Up For the Next Two

Details here.

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Posted by on 16 Jun 2020 in Bible, Biblical Studies Resources, Conferences


BNTS Registration

The BNTS 2020 conference registration is now open. This year’s conference is being hosted fully online by Durham University. For more information on plenary papers, seminar papers and panels, and to register, please visit the Registration and Programme Page.


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Posted by on 8 Jun 2020 in BNTS, Conferences


SBL 2020 Registration Opens May 14

I won’t be going.  Nonetheless SBL emails

SBL Annual Meeting Registration

While things will look a little different this year as we all absorb and adjust to new realities brought on by COVID-19, we’re excited to announce that registration will be open May 14 for the SBL Annual Meeting 2020 which will be held November 21-24 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA. We are aware of the uncertainty projections related to the COVID-19 pandemic and with health and safety as a priority, we will continue monitoring the guidance of governments and health experts as we plan and make decisions. Should any changes need to be made related to the 2020 Annual Meeting, we will promptly notify you.Please go here for more information from the SBL Council.


Posted by on 13 May 2020 in Conferences


The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Public Conference

Via Joseph Lauer

Please join us for a 4-day virtual conference “The Dead Sea Scrolls in Recent Scholarship.” This event is free to join and open to the public. The full program schedule is listed below. Please note the following:

  • – Follow the link accompanying each day’s schedule to register. 
  • – You must register individually for each day you wish to attend. 
  • – An email with instructions on joining will automatically be sent to you once you register. 
  • – You do not have to attend the entire day that you register for, but are welcome to come and go for particular sessions or lectures. 

Please reach out to us at for any questions about the schedule or registration process.

See the link above for more.

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Posted by on 6 May 2020 in Conferences, Dead Sea Scrolls


The CBA Annual Meeting Has Been Cancelled

CBA writes

Dear CBA Member:

Given the conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic (including the uncertainty of the course of the pandemic itself, the likely need during the summer to limit mass gatherings and keep social distance, the restrictions by academic institutions on supported summer faculty travel, etc.) the Executive Board reviewed what were the best options concerning holding our regular Annual Meeting, which was to be in DC this summer.  After wide consultation, it was decided that the wisest course of action was to postpone the 2020 meeting.  Five steps where approved that will help with continuity:

1.)  Most elements of this year’s meeting will simply be featured in our 2021 Meeting which will be at the same venue, The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. 

2.)  The Executive Board encourages all Task Forces and the Continuing Seminars to meet this year during the regular time of our meeting (August 1-4, 2020) via Zoom or other software which CBA will help with when necessary. Further details will be emailed to the chairs of the groups in the near future.

3.) The Executive Board encourages the Program Committee to carry forward the Research Reports to next year’s meeting in the hope that people will be willing to share what further research they had done.

4.)  The terms of all office-holders in CBA will be extended by one year for all who are able to continue.  The work of the Nominations Committee will be held over for the next elections in 2021.  Those unable to continue in office are to notify the Executive Director (

5.)  The Board, when it meets electronically on August 1, will assume the responsibility, normally vested in the Annual General Meeting, for election of New Members.
With all these extraordinary procedures in place, we hope to safeguard the smooth operations of CBA during this time of uncertainly.

Let us pray for a quick end to this virus and for the health of all our members.

The Executive Committee on behalf of the Executive Board,
Harry Attridge (Chair)
Gina Hans-Piazza (President)
Joseph C Atkinson (Executive Director)

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Posted by on 6 May 2020 in Catholic Biblical Association, Conferences


Plans For the SBL Annual Meeting

Via SBL-

Planning for the Annual Meetings in Boston is complicated and involves considering significant health and financial factors. At this point, it is incumbent on the SBL and AAR to continue to plan for a joint Annual Meeting to be held in November 2020. As of today, the meetings are scheduled to be in-person in Boston, MA. However, we recognize that the circumstances could change between now and November, and we will continue to monitor the current facts and circumstances regarding COVID-19, as well as governmental responses. We will continue to advise membership on any changes that may be necessary.

We will continue with plans to open volunteer registration on 12 May and regular registration on 14 May. You will receive another email when registration opens. However, as we expressed in a March letter to members, we want to reduce the financial risk for those planning to attend the Annual Meeting. All registrations will be fully refundable until 21 October, without a cancellation fee.

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Posted by on 5 May 2020 in Conferences, SBL


Save the Date: ‘The Hawarden Old Testament in the New’ Conference, 2021

Dear colleagues,

I do hope you are all keeping well in these difficult times.

I’m writing to let you know that we have made a booking at Hawarden for the Annual Seminar on the Use of the OT in the NT 2021 at the usual time of year, from Thursday 25th to Saturday 27th March – so please save the dates. Hopefully we will be back to something like normal by then in terms of travel and public gatherings, but obviously we will need to keep a close eye on the situation, and we won’t open bookings until it is safe to do so. We will keep the the same theme as we planned for 2020, namely the re-use within the NT of scriptural characters, especially Abraham and Elijah, and I will be in touch in the autumn with those who offered papers to discuss their participation in the 2021 programme.

With all best wishes,


Professor Susan Docherty
Professor of New Testament and Early Judaism/Head of Theology
Newman University Birmingham

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Posted by on 4 May 2020 in Conferences


Some of These Sound Pretty Interesting

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Posted by on 3 May 2020 in Conferences


COVID-19 Claims Another Victim

From their twitter-

We regret to announce that the 2020 Barth Graduate Student Colloquium on August 19-21 has been cancelled in response to the pandemic. The colloquium has been rescheduled to August 18-20, 2021 on the same theme, Barth and politics. More info.

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Posted by on 13 Apr 2020 in Conferences


RefoRC Conference Info Update


Because of the corona virus pandemic, the Tenth Annual RefoRC Conference on Early Modern Christianity in Aarhus (planned May 27-29, 2020) has been cancelled. The conference is now scheduled for 6-8 May 2021 at the Research Centre for the Humanities in Budapest, Hungary.

Etc.  Take note.

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Posted by on 7 Apr 2020 in Conferences, Refo500


Another Conference Cancellation

The RefoRC Board is very sorry to announce that it had to cancel the upcoming Tenth Annual RefoRC Conference on Early Modern Christianity in Aarhus, May 27-29, 2020 because of COVID-19.

This is sad news as many have prepared for papers, travel, lodging as well as meeting friends and having a good time in Aarhus.

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Posted by on 1 Apr 2020 in Conferences


It’s Half Over, But If You Have a Private Jet And Leave Now, You Can Make it for Day Two!

So go!  Join Michael Langlois and the rest of the participants.

I am in Oslo for a conference honouring Torleif Elgvin on the occasion of his retirement.

I was invited to join the conference and give a paper on the so-called “Yahad Ostracon” from Qumran.The conference will take place at NLA University College Oslo. Here is the program for the two days:

Tuesday 14:45–16:30
• Stephen Reed, University of Jamestown, “Photographs of Fragments Excavated from Qumran Cave 4”.

Wednesday 09:00–11:30
• Liv Ingeborg Lied, MF, “Is 2 Baruch a Biblical Book? On the Contents of Syriac Biblical Codices”.
• Erik Waaler, NLA, “The Impact of the Discoveries at ‘Khirbet Qeiyafa’ at the Western Border of Iron age Israel, above the Elah Valley where David slew Goliath”.
• Michael Langlois, French Research Center in Jerusalem, “The Yahad Ostracon: Preliminary Observations”.
• Årstein Justnes, “A Sudden Clink from the Missing Link: The History and Provenance of the Yahad Ostracon”.

Wednesday 13:30
• Popular farewell lecture by Torleif Elgvin, “My Personal Encounter with the Dead Sea Scrolls” (in Norwegian).

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Posted by on 10 Mar 2020 in Conferences, Dead Sea Scrolls