Category Archives: Conferences

Conference Gender Balance at Refo500

Refo500 does a brilliant job of achieving gender balance at its conferences:

Here are the Annual RefoRC Conference 2019 keynote speakers:

  • Angela de Benedictis (Bologna): Theories of War, Revolt and Resistance in Early Modern Italy
  • Ian Campbell (Belfast): Early Modern University Debates on War and Religion
  • Irene Dingel (Mainz): TBA
  • Rebecca Giselbrecht (Zurich): Women at War – The Swiss Connections
  • Mark Greengrass (Sheffield): Wars of Religion in the Sixteenth Century and the Problem of Trust
  • Graeme Murdock (Dublin): TBA

So good on them.  More on the conference here.

An Invitation to Mainz

A Postcard from Apeldoorn

Call For Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS: Society for Reformation Research Sessions at the 54th Medieval Congress, May 9-12, 2019

Twenty minute papers on the Long Reformation Cross disciplinary, cross cultural, and multimedia papers, as well as papers in history, literature and the arts are welcome for the following proposed sessions:

Reformation I Reformation Strategies: History, Biography, Polemic
Reformation II Cross Cultural Connections in the Reformation
Reformation III Reformation(s) across the Disciplines
Reformation IV Politics, Dissonance, and Resistance in the Long Reformation

Send 200 Word Abstracts to
Maureen Thum Ph.D.
Please indicate SRR 2019 Proposal as Subject Heading
Please include affiliation, preferred address, phone, AV needs


While the Society for Reformation Research sessions may at first glance appear to be an anomaly within the Medieval Congress, expanding understanding and critical evaluations of the Long Reformation(s) recognize important connections both before and after the more narrowly conceived concept of the Reformation as focusing primarily on the sixteenth century.

The concept of the Long Reformation recognizes not only that there are many Reformations across cultures but that the Reformation finds its roots in medieval thought and developing heterdoxies that begin as early as the Lollards whose leading figure, John Wycliffe, was dismissed from Oxford University in 1381 for criticizing the Church. The Long Reformation also includes other heterodox figures and movements which gathered force during the Middle Ages and continued to develop through the sixteenth century and beyond. This year’s four proposed sessions range across the disciplines, across cultural boundaries, and across the boundaries that have traditionally separated medieval studies from Reformation Research on the one hand, and Early Modern Studies from the traditionally more narrowly defined view of the Reformation on the other

We welcome papers focusing cross disciplinary, cross cultural, and multimedia topics. Papers have ranged in the past from historical and literary studies involving Reformation(s) in different areas of Europe and the America, to multi-media studies and studies in the arts including architecture, art, film, and theatre as well as studies in gender and women’s roles. .

Reformation I Reformation Strategies: History, Biography, Polemic. Scholarship in the past few decades has emphasized strategies used by Reformers not only to record, but also to appeal to and captivate both the lettered and unlettered audiences of Europe and England. The third session features papers which provide a record of the polemical stances of Reformers while exploring the many strategies used to render this record compelling in Pre-Reformation, Reformation, and Post Reformation discourse.

Reformation II: Cross cultural Connections in the Reformation Despite the fact that Martin Luther is recognized as its founding father, the Reformation was not limited to one place or one culture. Papers in this session focus on the intersection of different cultures in the Reformation.

Reformation III Reformation(s) across the Disciplines: Scholarship in recent decades has emphasized the cross-disciplinary nature of the Reformation as it emerged in literature, art, architecture, and other media, as well as in genres such as the diatribe, the sermon, and the polemical tract. This session emphasizes interdisciplinarity in the Reformation.

Reformation Discourse IV: Politics, Dissonance, and Resistance in the Long Reformation: The Reformation was revolutionary, involving polemical battles between the heterodox and the orthodox that could be traced to pre-Reformation writers and leaders and which continued to be evidenced in post-Reformation literary texts and tracts. This session focuses on acts of dissonance and resistance which find their roots in medieval culture and which may be found well beyond the sixteenth century age of Reform.

Synod of Dort (or Dordt)(or Dordrecht) Conference Announcement


About the Conference

Four hundred years ago, in November 1618, eighty-seven delegates from across Reformed Europe came together in the Dutch city of Dordrecht to hold one of the largest and most significant international Reformed gatherings in the early modern era. Although the Synod of Dort is most well-known today for affirming double predestination, rejecting the teachings of Jacob Arminius, and producing the Canons of Dort, its work encompassed a broad range of issues, including church order, catechisms, Bible translation, theological training, and more. This two-day conference to commemorate the Synod of Dort and its work brings together a range of experts who will explain in accessible presentations what the Synod did, why this gathering was significant at the time, and how this four-hundredth anniversary should be commemorated in churches and communities today. Presentations are geared to the general public and will include visuals, music, panel discussions, and a special exhibit of Statenbijbels, the official Dutch Bible commissioned by the Synod and first published in 1637.

This conference is open to pastors, faculty/staff, undergraduate students, graduate students, and general community members. It will be held on the afternoon of Friday September 14 and the morning of Saturday September 15 at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI. The conference registration fee of $25 includes Friday night dinner. (Registration fee is waived for students/staff/faculty at Calvin College/Calvin Theological Seminary/Western Theological Seminary.)

Co-sponsored by the H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies, Calvin Theological Seminary, Western Theological Seminary, the Christian Reformed Church in North America, and the Calvin College Seminars in Christian Scholarship.   Via.  With thanks to Randy B. for the tip.

Refo500 Meeting

The Eighth Annual RefoRC Conference is hosted by the University of Warsaw and will take place May 24-26, 2018.
Theme of Plenary Lectures: Reformation and Education

The Reformation was closely tied to the renovation of educational models from its very beginning. By questioning the model of the medieval university and establishing new pedagogical solutions, early modern scholars and teachers shaped subsequent generations of clergy and laity, enabling them to work for their local communities and engage in the public sphere. Often these educational agendas went well beyond changes in curricula and were oriented towards much deeper goals, such as the shaping of confessional identity or the achieving of universal religious peace through the advancement of learning. As one of the leading research and educational institutions in Poland and East-Central Europe, the University of Warsaw is the perfect venue to ask further questions about the complex relations between early modern religious and pedagogical reforms. The plenary papers will offer a multi-faceted approach to this topic and will be accompanied by a series of short papers discussing all kinds of subjects related to the history of the Reformation. The aim of the conference is thus to broaden and contextualize the intersections between religious and educational reform.

Michael Langlois – The Dead Sea Scrolls – Denver

P in Zurich

Semantics, at Cambridge

Call For Papers: A Barthian Get Together in Emden

The organizers of the Fourth International Karl Barth Symposium invite proposals for presentations. The symposium will take place at the Johannes a Lasco Library in Emden from May 9th to 12th, 2019. The theme of the conference is: God Shattered– God-Certain: The Relevance of Karl Barth’s Doctrine of God.

Here’s the official ‘call’.

John Barclay in Zurich: The Livestream

Anthropology, History and Theology: Are They Compatible is the title of Barclay’s lecture. And it will be held on Tuesday, May 8th at 10 a.m. Eastern Time here in the US (4 p.m. local time in Zurich)(calculate your local time accordingly).

The livestream will commence at 4:15 but drop in here at 4 and share the link with others.

Borders and Boundaries in Ancient Israel

Carly Crouch announced this on the SOTS facebook page-

The University of Nottingham’s Department of Theology and Religious Studies is excited to host a two-day interdisciplinary conference on borders and boundaries in ancient Israel on 5-6 June 2018.

Keynote addresses will be given by Dr. Christopher B. Hays(Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena CA), Dr. Shayna Sheinfeld (Centre College, Danville KY) and Dr. Mahri Leonard-Fleckman (Providence College, Providence RI).

The conference is generously funded by the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership, and a limited number of bursaries will be available for student presenters who would otherwise not be able to attend the conference. Application forms may be requested via email and bursaries will be awarded on the basis of need.

Registration is free but necessary for catering numbers.

Go if you can.  Nottingham is a lovely city (even though it tried to kill me with the flu during SOTS a couple of years ago).

Here’s the program.

Conférence de Thomas Römer – Mercredi 25 avril

If you’re in Jerusalem

La semaine prochaine, Mercredi 25 avril, l’École biblique et archéologique aura l’honneur de recevoir Thomas Römer, pour une conférence intitulée « The Biblical Traditions about the Ark of the Covenant », dans le cadre des Lagrange Lectures. 18h00, en Salle de Conférence. Thomas Römer est professeur au Collège de France, titulaire de la chaire « Milieux bibliques ». Exégète, philologue et bibliste, il est associé étranger de l’Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres. La conférence sera donnée en anglais.

SBL Annual Meeting Registration is Now Open

Registration & Housing for the Annual Meetings 2018 in Denver, CO is now open! You may access your registration page with this link. Please note that registration rates will increase on May 25, so take advantage of the Super Saver discount and register today!

With more than 1,200 academic sessions and workshops, along with one of the world’s largest exhibits of books and digital resources for biblical studies, the Annual Meetings is one of the largest events of the year in the fields of biblical scholarship, religious studies and theology.

There is not a designated headquarter hotel for the Annual Meetings 2018. Registration and the Exhibit Hall will be located at the Colorado Convention Center. Sessions will be held in the Colorado Convention Center, Sheraton Downtown, and Hyatt Regency Convention Center hotels. The Employment Center will be held in the Sheraton Downtown hotel.

To review additional information about the Annual Meetings 2018, including meeting dates & times, a hotel map and list of amenities, travel information, answers to frequently asked questions, etc., please click here . We urge you to bookmark this site as it will be updated frequently with the latest Annual Meetings 2018 information.

If you have questions, please contact us and we’ll be glad to assist you. We are looking forward to a great meeting in Denver!

SBL Annual Meeting Team

Luthers Heidelberger Disputation als Initial der südwestdeutschen Reformen

21.04.2018, 10-15 Uhr an der Europäischen Melanchthon-Akademie in Bretten: Studientag Luthers Heidelberger Disputation als Initial der südwestdeutschen Reformen.

More here.

There’s Plenty of Dead Sea Scrolls Conferencing Coming Up

All these are announcements made by Charlotte Hempel on the Twitter-

  1. 15th May Paris on “Where is ‘Ezra’ in the Dead Sea Scrolls?” with thanks to Claude Cohen-Matlofsky for the invitation 1 of 3 @The_EAJS@E_A_B_S@stecacareers
  2. 18th May Cambridge on “The Evidence of the Dead Sea Scrolls on Pre-Christian Meeting Places: Who? Where? And What Did They Get up To?” at a Study Day in Honour of the amazing Judith Lieu.… 2 of 3
  3. 22 May James A. Kirk Lecture @UofDenver hosted by Alison Schofield on “The Dead Sea Scrolls: How Special are the Texts and the People Behind this Treasure?” alongside Scrolls Exhibit in town!

CBA Annual Meeting News

Registration Invitations Coming Soon!
CBA has contracted with CUA to provide the registration website for our Annual General Meeting. You will receive an e-mail invitation from CBA with a link to the registration site once it goes live.

The registration cost is approximately $145, which includes socials and coffee breaks (after June 27, 11:59 PM EDT, a $25 late fee will be added). Please note that registration closes on July 8, 2018. THERE WILL BE NO ONSITE REGISTRATION.

ON CAMPUS: Regis University has several other groups on campus at the same time as CBA.. so on campus housing is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Each guest receives a blanket, flat sheet, fitted sheet, pillow case, disposable pillow, 1 bath towel, 1 face cloth, cup, soap with a one time fee of $15.

There are three locations available (a 14.75% city and state lodging tax will be assessed to the rates below):

  • West Hall (suite-style) at $37 per night
  • Residence Village (town-home suite) at $61 per night
  • DeSmet Hall (dorm) at $35 per night

Limited early arrival for the night of Friday, July 27 and late stay over for the night of Tuesday, July 31 are available in West Hall and Residence Village. The dorm rooms for DeSmet Hall are only available for the nights of Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

OFF CAMPUS: The Regis University website lists several hotels in various regions of the greater Denver area. The hotels closest to the campus will be listed under the “North Denver Hotel” tab. Click here to visit the Regis University “Where to Stay” web page.

Hensley Henson Lectures 2018 with Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch

The Hensley Henson lectures for 2017-18 are based on Prof. MacCulloch’s six-year-long project of writing a new life of Thomas Cromwell. Grounded in a new examination of Cromwell’s vast and complex archive, they reassess the religion and religious policies of the man at the heart of the revolution in the early Tudor Church. They scrutinise his complex relationship with his King and the personal agendas that he pursued as the only Vice-Gerent in Spirituals in the history of the kingdom.

There are many surprises in the story of the first stages in the Tudor Protestant Reformation and in the dissolution of English, Welsh and Irish monasteries.

In four lectures, we will pursue them into the archives and assess their meaning.

Go if you can.  If you can’t, be sad, like I am, that you can’t….

49. Internationale Karl Barth Tagung

There’s all manner of info here.  And their Facebook page is here.

British New Testament Society Annual Meeting 2018 News

Dear colleagues,

The website for registration for the 2018 British New Testament Conference at St Mary’s University, Twickenham (London), Thursday 4 to Saturday 6 September, is now open, here. (For any who are planning to stay off campus, a ‘daily rate’ will soon be added to the registration website—please wait for this if that’s your intention.) Travel details by various means to the St Mary’s campus are here.

There is a plan afoot to offer two visits on Thursday before the conference formally begins (in similar manner to the visit to the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin in 2017), and more details will follow. One is a guided visit to the National Gallery led by Dr Michelle Fletcher, who is Research Assistant in the King’s College London project to produce a visual commentary on the Bible—many of you will know Michelle as a regular member of the conference. The other is a visit to the British Library to learn about their collection of biblical manuscripts. As you can see from the registration pages, there is the possibility of arriving a day early, on Wednesday, and/or leaving a day later, on Sunday—and that may be helpful for those travelling to London from a distance who would like to join in with one or both of these visits. More details to follow.

If you have questions about the local arrangements, please contact Professor Chris Keith, who chairs the organising committee, here.

In other news, your committee were asked to nominate people for the REF panel for Theology and Religious Studies, and we have this week heard the good news that Professor David Horrell of the University of Exeter has been included in the ‘first cut’ panel to devise criteria for the panel to work with. Warm congratulations to David on this appointment. More information here. There will be a further opportunity to nominate potential members in 2020, once the panel has a sense of the volume of material to be considered in various sub-disciplines of TRS, and your committee will work further on this at that point.

This comes with warm good wishes for the Easter break.

Steve Walton
BNTS Secretary