Category Archives: Conferences

If You are Near the Catholic University of America…

You may want to attend this lecture:

Did you know that the legend of St. George might have roots in several other religions, including Islam and Canaanite cultures? Come learn more about this dragon slaying Saint on February 27!

Via the Catholic Biblical Association facebook page.

If You’re in Atlanta or Vicinity: J.E.S.U.S.A.

Pitts Theology Library is excited to host an advance film screening of J.E.S.U.S.A. along with a videoconference introduction by the film’s writer and director, Kevin Miller. J.E.S.U.S.A. is an in-depth exploration of the relationship between Christianity and American nationalism and the violence that can often emerge from it. Far from a new phenomenon, this documentary traces the co-opting of Christianity by the state all the way back to when the Christian faith became the official religion of the Roman Empire.

Through interviews with a diverse group of scholars, pastors, historians, and activists, this film shows how specific readings of the Bible have led many Christians to confuse their devotion to Jesus with their dedication to the state. The film helps viewers rediscover and restore long-held Christian beliefs regarding nonviolence, inspiring Christians to become purveyors of peace rather than enablers of conflict and violence.

Please RSVP for this free event here:

Pitts Theology Library is located on the campus of Emory University, at 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322. Visit for information about transportation and directions

If You’re in the East of Britain…

Call For Papers

The Sixteenth Century Society Conference (SCSC) invites proposals for individual presentation submissions and complete panels for its 2020 annual conference. Under the presidency of Andrew Spicer (Oxford Brookes University), the conference will take place from 29 October-1 November 2020 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel.

The SCSC was founded to promote scholarship on the early modern era (c. 1450 – c. 1660). Traditionally papers have ranged across the following fields:

  • Art & Architectural History
  • Digital Humanities
  • English Literature
  • French Literature
  • German Studies
  • History
  • History of Science & Medicine
  • Italian Studies
  • Pedagogy and Professionalization
  • Spanish and Latin American Studies
  • Theology

The SCSC encourages the participation of international scholars and warmly welcomes early career researchers and postgraduates to the academic community.

Abstracts (up to 250 words in the length) for individual presentations and panels should be submitted online at

The deadline for proposals is April 6. Within approximately four weeks of this date, the Program Committee will contact all those who have made submissions about their proposals. Please note: in the past two years, difficulties with our website forced us to extend our deadline for submissions. Now that our website is functioning properly, there will be no extensions of this year’s deadline.

In addition to standard panels, the organizing committee will consider proposals for four alternative panel types:

· Round Tables sponsored by affiliated societies.

· Workshop A: Discussion of pre-circulated papers in a workshop format (limit of 5 participants).

· Workshop B: Analysis of thorny translation or paleography questions; pre-circulation is not required (limit of 4 participants).

· Workshop C: Examination of a big issue or question with brief comments from presenters and lively audience participation. These are similar to round tables but with more audience engagement (limit of 4 participants).

In recent years, the conference has welcomed poster sessions and will do so again this year. Those who are interested in contributing to a poster session should submit their proposals as papers to the digital history track. Before submitting proposals, please email to obtain a poster session code.

Questions about the conference format should be directed to

The SCSC is a not-for-profit scholarly organization and therefore receives no governmental or institutional funding. In order to participate in this conference, delegates or their sponsoring institutions or organizations will need to fund travel and lodging expenses in addition to a $225 per delegate registration fee ($110 for registered students). Advance registration online is recommended. For an additional administrative charge, registration may also be completed at the meeting. Please note that conference registration fees are non-refundable. The fee supports conference facilities, general events at the conference, membership to the SCSC, and one year’s subscription to the Sixteenth Century Journal.

Tyndale House Call for Papers

From the Tyndale House blog

Consistent with the theme of the 2020 Tyndale Fellowship conference, Doing Theology in a World on the Move – Migration, Borders, and Citizenship, the Christian Doctrine Study Group wishes to invite short (200-300 word) paper proposals for our annual meeting.

We seek paper proposals on migration, borders, and citizenship as it relates to the following:

  • Theology of Church and State
  • Historic views on migration, borders, citizenship, from Reformed traditions (Calvin, Knox, Kuyper, Bavinck), Baptist/Anabaptist traditions (Menno Simons to Yoder),
  • Christian views of Nationalism and patriotism
  • Economics and poverty relief
  • The justification of the nation state
  • Christian Theology, the Enlightenment, and democratic theory
  • International Relations and Eschatology
  • The influence of millennialism on evangelical attitudes of social justice and approaches to social action
  • Contemporary forms of border penality
  • Other constructive approaches to migration, borders, and citizenship, including those from postcolonial perspectives, critical and constructive approached to the refugee crises and transnational issues.

Please send paper proposals to by 31 January. Successful proposals will be decided on and participants notified by 14 February.

The Conference at Newman: Photos from the Day

The Avraham Faust Lecture at #SOTS2020

Last night’s final lecture was by Avraham Faust.  It was exceptionally interesting and argued essentially that there need not be any archaeologically based skepticism about the close relationship (sisterhood) of Judah and Israel.  Archaeology, he suggested, shows a clear connection between the two ‘states’.

Jonah at #SOTS2020

The pre-dinner session featured a very intriguing paper on various modern readings of Jonah:

The Hawarden Old Testament in the New Conference- An Update

Via Sue-

Rooms for our 2020 seminar are booking up fast, so do please make your reservation soon if you are intending to come.

I know that some of you who live locally or have places to stay in the area like to commute to the seminar. The day delegate rate for those attending the conference on a non-resident basis will be £32.00 per person per day and £22.00 per half day; this includes the tea/coffee served throughout the day and a two course lunch. Breakfasts and dinners are normally available on payment of an additional charge, but should be booked in advance. Please contact the Library by phone or email (details here: ​if you want to attend on a non-residential basis.

I look forward to seeing many of you in April. In the meantime, all best wishes,


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

Afternoon at #SOTS2020

#SOTS2020 Day Two- The Morning Session

There were interesting papers, a nice break for a visit to the book hall, and a bit of time to chat with the publishers.  All in all a good, and intellectually stimulating morning.

Lunch next then the afternoon fun.

Breakfast on Day 2, #SOTS2020

You have to eat before you can scholar.  The facilities here are fantastic and the food is very, very good.

It’s quite a full first half of the day as you’ve seen from the schedule posted earlier.  More anon.

The Presidential Address by Walter Houston, #SOTS2020

Was a delightfully informative examination of the Sabbath commandment and its implications.  As Houston notes, ‘it is not work that is sacred, but rest’.

Welcome Reception and Dinner At #SOTS2020

Next, the Presidential Address.

In Just a Few Days: ‘The God Who Speaks’

Register here.

This Really is a Lovely Campus

As I understand it, in the future we will be alternating venues between here and Durham. A good choice both I think. #SOTS2020.

Around the Place, And Some Familiar Faces Before #SOTS2020

#SOTS2020- At the University of Nottingham, Jubilee Campus

And settled in.  Looking forward to a walk around to orient myself and then later on for sessions this evening.

So far so good.  A very helpful reception area and really comfortable rooms on a lovely campus.

The Last Time I Was in Nottingham for SOTS, So Was Philip Davies…

It was, I’m sad to say, the last time I saw him.  I wish he were here to chat with again.  Especially at SOTS.

Gone too soon.  Far too soon.  It’s a common thing to say, but it’s true:  enjoy your friends as much as you can while you can.

Around and About Nottingham