Category Archives: Conferences

Trinitarian Ontologies Conference, Day 2

Trinitarian Ontology Conference- Day One

Great Stuff is Happening at #BNTC2019

Follow the hashtag on twitter. Some excellent papers are being delivered and the folk tweeting are doing a great job keeping us informed of the doings.

Conference envy is a regular part of life- but now it has set in sturdily.

Theodore (or Teddy to his Friends) Beza and Tyranny

THIS is fascinating. Give it a listen.

Zwingli-Tag: «Wie Zwingli heute wirkt»

  • Wann     07.09.2019 von 09:30 bis 21:00 (Europe/Zurich / UTC200)
  • Wo         Kirche Tal, 8704 Herrliberg
  • Web       Externe Webseite besuchen

Zürich atmet reformierten Geist. Was für die Metropole an der Limmat gilt, gilt auch für die ganze Schweiz und die abendländische Welt: Die Reformation hat ihre Spuren in unserer Kultur hinterlassen. Anlässlich des 500-Jahr-Jubiläums von Zwinglis Reformation veranstalten wir eine international besetzte Tagung, die danach fragt, wo heute noch etwas zu spüren ist von der Reformation und wo nicht mehr. Wir fragen Menschen aus Politik, Wirtschaft, Recht, aus der Kirche, aus der Architektur, aus dem Medien- und Kunstbereich und aus dem Filmgeschäft.

Die Zürcher Reformation hatte ihren symbolischen Anfang bei einem Wurstessen in der Fastenzeit. In Anlehnung an dieses Ereignis schliesst unsere Tagung mit einem gemeinsamen Wurstessen. Im Anschluss daran feiern wir einen Gottesdienst, in dessen Zentrum die Wurstessen-Kantate des bekannten Jazzmusikers Harry White steht. Ulrich Knellwolf hat den Text zur Kantate geschrieben und wird sie für uns deuten.


Go if you can!

Save the Date

You Should Attend if you are In England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, or the European Union

On Academic Conferences and Their Locations

I love an adventure when I travel.  Seeing new places, staying new places, meeting new people and reuniting with old friends.  That all said, if I were allowed to make the following recommendations to conference planners I would ask that conferences

  1. Be held at easily accessed locations.  I.e., direct train or bus routes to and from the conference to the hotel.  Changing trains and buses or having to grab taxis or Ubers just adds stress and expense.
  2. Be held where there are ample restaurants to meet the demands of the estimated crowd.  If there are such large crowds at eateries that the line goes out the door, many of us don’t have time to eat and get to sessions.
  3. Be held in airline hub cities rather than outliers that require multiple flight legs.  Every plane change is an invitation for a schedule disaster.
  4. Have clear signage marking the venue so that attendees needn’t wander directionless from room to room or session to session like a prom queen at a mensa meeting.
  5. Negotiate the best deal you can for hotels.   The BEST for the attendees, not the society or the hotel.  And provide a list of less expensive hotels which are not connected to the conference hotel choices.  More people could attend if they paid budget hotel expenses instead of luxury hotel costs.
  6. Book exhibitions should start the very hour registration begins.  Not the next day.  We don’t come to dawdle, we come to get books.
  7. Imagine that all those attending are paying their own way and charge registration fees accordingly.  Sure, lots of people have department budgets, but those are disappearing and folk who work at smaller schools still like to conference.

If every academic meeting could meet these guidelines we would all be thrilled.

News from This Year’s CBA Annual Meeting

Among other things:

Annual General Meeting: Starting next year, CBA will begin the 3-host cycle where there will be only three host sites: Catholic University of American in Washington, DC, Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. Next year’s meeting will be at CUA; work already is underway with CUA Conference Services. Negotiations have begun with Creighton University which is beginning to consider long-term contracts. An initial contact has been made with Santa Clara University and we are awaiting their reply. It should be noted that as semesters are beginning earlier in August, the CBA meeting likely be held during the last week of July more frequently.

I think that’s brilliant.  Knowing where the meeting will be every year, in advance, allows for long range travel planning.

Conference Announcement

In 2019, we are commemorating the 500th anniversary of the start of the Swiss Reformation in Zurich. The Meeter Center in Grand Rapids is holding a special two-day conference on Sept. 13 and 14, 2019, featuring Bruce Gordon (Yale Divinity School) on Zwingli’s impact, Amy Nelson Burnett (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) on the sacraments, John Roth (Goshen College) on the Swiss Anabaptists, Jordan Ballor (Acton Institute) on church and state in the Swiss Reformation, and Esther Chung-Kim (Claremont-Mckenna) on preaching and poor relief in Reformation Zurich. These outstanding speakers’ accessible presentations offer a unique opportunity to hear some of the best current scholarship on the Swiss Reformation. Sign up now to attend the conference and join in a reenactment of the 1523 public debate that set Zurich on the course of the Reformation.

We would love to have you join us! To register, go here.

Karin Maag

Swiss Refo Poster

Swiss Refo Program

Conference Invitation

Academics as well as members of the general public are warmly invited to attend the ReIReS workshop The Practice of Religious Toleration in Past and Contemporary Europe, which will take place at the Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz on Thursday September 19 and Friday September 20, 2019.

More here.

When The SBL Book Hall Opens: This Is What It Looks Like…

If you’ve been to SBL, you know this is true. This is what it looks like when the doors open.

Something Cool from SBL

If you’re a member you got this email today:

We sometimes hear from members that the size of the Annual Meeting program book makes it difficult to find papers related to one’s specific areas of interest. With an average of over 500 sessions and 1,800 papers at SBL’s Annual Meeting, it can be a challenge to identify those you want to hear, particularly when they are located in sessions you might not typically search. Moreover, a paper using Intersectional Analysis may be in a Paul and Politics session, without Intersectional Analysis appearing in the title of the session or the paper.

To help you locate sometimes hard-to-find papers, SBL has added an additional tool for searching the Annual and International Meeting program books and database.

This tool came out of two initiatives. First, in 2013 SBL launched a member profile that allows you to select your scholarly interests and specializations. At that time, we began tagging meeting papers with these specializations. Second, SBL is developing SBLCentral (, which also makes use of these tags so that you may choose to be notified automatically when books and book reviews are published in you areas of interest. We expect SBLCentral to be available with this feature in early 2020.

In the meantime, you may now try a version of this tool to search the meeting program book.

Here’s how it works. When you go to the Online Program Book, you’ll be prompted to login with your email address and SBL password. Once logged in, the specializations you already entered in your member profile will be automatically populated in a drop-down list. Choose one or all of your specializations and select search. The search results will include papers in a session that have a tag with your specialization.

Now you can find papers by title, keyword, and specialization tag.

We hope you find this useful in order to take advantage of the wealth and diversity of scholarship you and your colleagues produce at each and every meeting. We hope it also helps you find new colleagues who share your research interest.

John F. Kutsko
Executive Director

Wissenschaftliche Tagung: Gegeneinander glauben – miteinander forschen?

In der Zeit vom 3. bis zum 5. Oktober dieses Jahres findet in der Johannes a Lasco Bibliothek die Tagung Gegeneinander glauben – miteinander forschen? Paradigmenwechsel frühneuzeitlicher Wissenschaftskulturen statt.

Den Ausgangspunkt für diese Tagung, die in das Kooperationsprojekt „Konfessionskultur des Reformiertentums im Nord- und Ostseeraum“ zwischen unserer Einrichtung und dem Leibniz-Institut für Europäische Geschichte Mainz eingebettet ist, bildet das Verhältnis von frühneuzeitlicher Astronomie und Physik zur christlichen Religion im Allgemeinen und zu ihren konfessionsspezifischen Ausprägungen im Besonderen.


10th Annual RefoRC Conference News

May 27-29, 2020
the Tenth Annual RefoRC Conference on Early Modern Christianity
hosted by the University of Aarhus.

The details are all here.

The Princeton 2019 Barth Conference Lectures

Tagung: “Hier stehe ich. Gewissen und Freiheit – Worms 1521”

Find all the details here.

The 2019 Karl Barth Conference in Geneva- Online

You can listen to or watch many of the papers presented in Geneva.  With thanks to Hywel Clifford for the heads up.


Conference Announcement

The full details are here.

European Academy of Religion Keynote Lecture


With the choice of this topic we wish to highlight the powerful effect religion has on public and personal life and that this effect relates to all fields of life such as fashion, politics, art, leisure, art, ethics and science.  The relation between power and religion tends to be seen merely negatively, yet history and the present demonstrate also how religion can positively have a powerful effect on individuals and societies.

All in all EuAre 2020 has a fascinating and highly relevant overall topic.

Herman Selderhuis, President of the European Academy of Religion, Theologische Universiteit Apeldoorn