Category Archives: Conferences

Dear Friends who are NOT Attending SBL in San Diego

Don’t fret.  No one interesting is there this year.  All the interesting people will be in Boston next year.  Plus, I hear that the book hall will only have books by terrible writers and all the coffee shops are bad and the food places all have giant rats.  And, the hotels all are infested with bed bugs.  That’s the rumor anyway.

Furthermore, all the papers will be by heretics and pentebabbleists.

So take heart.  Don’t feel left out and sad…  Don’t get a case of #FOMO.  Instead, recognize that only the damned are in San Diego and the redeemed will be in Boston.

Amen.  And Amen.

The QR Haters ‘Won’

SBL has withdrawn the QR nametag thing.  So, those lacking ethics, feel free to share your nametags with as many people as you want because why should people actually pay for attending a conference they attend when they can scam their way through it?

The 10th Annual RefoRC Conference

See the details here.

The European reformations meant major changes in theology, religion, and everyday life. Some changes were immediate and visible in a number of countries: monasteries were dissolved, new liturgies were introduced, and married pastors were ordained, other more hidden. Theologically, as well as practically the position of the church in the society changed dramatically, but differently according to confession and political differences.

The influences of the theological, liturgical and organizational changes on everyday life have been studied from various perspectives, but often focusing on social disciplining, political levels and similarities across Europe more than differences between confessions. New theoretical positions within various fields as well as strong interdisciplinary approaches have made it timely to revisit the large questions of how the changes brought by the reformation within all confessional cultures throughout Europe influenced the everyday life of ordinary people within the church and within society.

The aim of this conference is to discuss how lived religion and everyday life and space were formed in the aftermath of the reformation, and how we can trace changes in material culture, in emotions, in social structures, in culture, which may be linked to the reformation and the development of confessional cultures.


Leg One of the Journey to Hong Kong

I’m as you doubtless know, on my way back to Hong Kong where I usually spend J-Term every other year.  But this year I’m leading a week long intensive course on New Testament studies during Reading Week (in October).

We’re looking at the whole of the New Testament.  It’s going to be intense!

Anyway, I’ve left Knoxville and arrived in Newark for a 5 hour layover till the Hong Kong Flight takes off.

Stay tuned this week for plenty of Hong Kong stuff.  And plenty of Hong Kong photos too.

The 2020 SOTS Winter Meeting Booking Form and Program

Are now available:

2020 Winter Meeting Booking Form

2020 Programme

2020 SOTS Travel Directions to Jubilee Campus, Nottingham

I hope to see you there.

Call For Papers

University of Exeter, 6 April 2020

This conference aims to explore the varied relationships between biblical texts and
contemporary popular visual media such as sci-fi or fantasy films and TV shows,
comic books and video games. Traditionally considered ‘low culture’, such media have
received an upsurge in popularity over the last decade and have become a major
source of social commentary and individual expression, especially in relation to
religious texts such as the Bible. We welcome scholarly analyses of any aspect of
popular visual culture and biblical texts (including non-canonical texts). We welcome
proposals for 20-minute papers on topics which explore relationships between popular
visual media and the Bible.

Successful papers may be considered for publication at a later date.


  • Video games and the Bible;
  • Comic books and the Bible;
  • Sci-fi and fantasy TV series or films and the Bible;
  • ‘Geek Culture’ and the Bible;
  • Fan fiction and the Bible;
  • Subcultural identities expressed in Biblical remediations or retellings;
  • The portrayal of gender, race, sexuality etc. in popular visual media in relation to
    biblical texts;
  • Biblical texts in/and memes;
  • The Bible and popular user-generated content;
  • Authorial intention and biblical remediations;

    Theoretical frameworks towards popular visual media retellings of the Bible.

Please send abstracts (200-300 words) and a short bio to Dr Rebekah Welton at and Dr Zanne Domoney-Lyttle at, no later than December 31st, 2019. For more information.

Quote of the Century

When at academic conferences…

I wish chairs would hold presenters to time. Allowing one speaker to hold a session hostage with an egregiously long paper robs all of us of the opportunity for scholarly exchange. – Susan Cogan

OH how TRUE!  Do it!

If You’re Attending AAR/SBL 2019 in San Diego- The Meeting App is Now Available

And you can acquire it here.

Follow the Sixteenth Century Society Conference on Twitter

Via this hashtag-


And note, this is the 50th anniversary of the society, so there should be some excellent papers.  Tune in!

Save the Date: Calvin Congress 2022

This email arrived today:

Dear colleagues,

It is still a little early, but we want to make sure that you start planning to attend the next Calvin congress, so we would like to draw your attention to the place and time of the event: August, 22–25, 2022 at MacKenzie Presbyterian University, Sao Paulo, Brazil. We are delighted that MacKenzie, through the Andrew Jumper graduate school of theology, is willing to host the Calvin Congress. We are still working on the program, but please note the dates. We hope to have the website up to date soon, and we will publish new information as soon as possible.

Please forward this message to all colleagues who might be interested.

Kind regards,
Karin Maag
Arnold Huijgen

I’ve never been to South America.  This should be brilliant!

The God Who Speaks: The Bible in Today’s World

9th January 2020
13:30 – 19:30
Newman University

This study afternoon will include keynote lectures and workshops exploring how the Bible is used in contemporary political discourse, its place in Western culture, and whether it can continue to engage first-time readers. Confirmed speakers include Jim West (Adjunct Professor at Ming Hua School of Theology and minister of Petros Baptist Church in Tennessee); Symon Hill (author of The Upside-Down Bible); David McLoughlin (Founder member of the Movement of Christian Workers and Emeritus Research Fellow, Newman University) and Richard Goode (Senior Lecturer in Theology, Newman University).

The event is open to schools, parishes, Theology students, and all with an interest in the relevance of the bible today.

Registration here.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

Newman University, January 9th, 2020

Be there.

As I continue to help Richard Goode come up with promotional posters for the big event, I’ve decided to share this one- the cream of the crop from my fecund mind.

Swiss Radio Interview

So apparently last February SRF saw my paper topic (at the Zwingli Conference in Zurich) and wanted to interview me (and Bruce Gordon) about Zwingli. It was fun.  And I’ve just learned that the interview will air on SRF on November 3.  So when it does, I’ll fill in the link here.

Joan Taylor: The Interview

Listen to it on Australian radio, here.

If You’re In Hong Kong

Join us!

‘Reformed theology and conformity in England’s Long Reformation’ Conference Registration is Open

Registration is open for our symposium ‘Reformed theology and conformity in England’s Long Reformation‘, taking place at Trinity College, Cambridge, on 21-22 November.

This symposium aims to be the first of its kind to focus on the influence of Reformed theology on understandings of conformity in the early modern English church. It will seek to interrogate how Reformed theology inspired arguments for and against conformity in the Church of England, and indeed, how conformity was defined in a post-Reformation Church wielding the powers of the civil magistrate. The symposium will draw together scholars from a range of disciplines, including historical theology and political, religious and intellectual history. Our two plenary speakers are Prof. Anthony Milton (University of Sheffield) and Dr. Jacqueline Rose (University of St Andrews). The provisional schedule is available here.

Non-speakers are welcome to register. Registration includes lunch as well as morning and afternoon tea/coffee for both days.

Registration closes on Friday 8 November 2019.

For any queries about the symposium, please contact Jake Griesel (

The Death and Resurrection of the Old Hebrew Script

Michael Langlois is offering a lecture in Helsinki.

According to tradition, the Old Hebrew script died with the Jewish exile to Babylon in the 6th century BCE. The discovery of Jewish coins using this script at the turn of the Christian era challenged this tradition. It led to the theory that the Old Hebrew script was resurrected as a symbol of national identity, when Judea fought for its independence from Hellenestic and Roman rulers. The same explanation was offered for scrolls discovered by the Dead Sea and copied using the Old Hebrew script: they must be dated to the same period; the archaizing use of this dead script was perhaps a way to reinforce the authority or antiquity of Jewish sacred books.

My recent research has led me to question this hypothesis. New evidence suggests that the Old Hebrew script never died. Why, then, was it abandoned by many Jews? What are the implications for the date of the earliest Biblical manuscripts? Does this shed light on the social fragmentation of Judaism at the turn of the Christian era?

Attend if you can.

New avenues in the exegesis of the Bible in the light of the LXX

October 23-24, 2019

All the details are available here:   LXX-Oct 2019

Hawarden Old Testament in the New Testament Conference, 2020

It is once again time to start making firm arrangements for the next Hawarden Seminar on the Use of the OT in the NT. The 2020 meeting will take place at the usual venue, Gladstone’s Library Hawarden, from early evening on Thursday 2nd April to just after lunch on Saturday 4th April. I do hope many of you will be able to join us.

Following discussions at the last Seminar, we have selected as our particular focus for the next two years The Re-Use of Scriptural Characters in the NT, with a particular focus on Abraham and Elijah. Prof Steve Walton has graciously accepted an invitation to provide a keynote paper on the use of scriptural characters in the Book of Acts, so we look forward to welcoming him to Hawarden for the first time.  Other paper offers, either on this specific theme or on aspects of the OT in NT generally are very welcome, as ever.


1. To book your place 

The Library staff are ready to receive our bookings in the usual way – i.e. by telephone (01244 532350 – UK; + 44 1244 532350 from outside UK) or email (, but not via the on-line booking facility (which cannot recognise our block booking). Please state clearly when booking that you are part of the OT in NT seminar Group and wish to book a room from within the block in my name. Costs for the accommodation and all meals will depend on the type of room you book, but will be in the region of £175 – £250. Day rates are also available for those who live near enough to commute but also need to be booked in advance with the Library’s Reception team.

2. To offer a paper

Proposals are warmly invited, from both established scholars and PhD students, so please email me with a provisional title and a short abstract by Friday 27th December 2019, and also feel free to circulate this notice widely. All proposers will be informed whether or not their paper has been accepted by 31st January 2020. Usually invited speakers present for 40 minutes followed by 30 minutes of questions/discussion, and other presenters have 25 minutes to present and 15 minutes of questions. If you wish to request a different amount of time, please let me know in your proposal so that I can see whether this can be accommodated within the programme. Priority will be given to papers dealing with the main theme, but there will definitely be space for other papers in the field of the use of the OT in the NT.

Looking forward to seeing you in Hawarden in April, and wishing you all the best in the meantime,

Best wishes,


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

Trinitarian Ontologies Conference- Wrapping it Up