Category Archives: Conferences

“500 Years of the Protestant Reformation. Trajectories and Perspectives”

To mark the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the year in which Luther nailed his 95 theses on the power and efficacy of indulgences, a conference in Santiago de Chile will address the overall impact of the Reformation. The consequences of the Reformation went far beyond the life of the Christian church and theology. In Germany and the rest of Europe, and soon in the whole Western world, new ways of viewing religious life, society, and the relationship between politics and religion emerged.

Organized by the Department of Historical Sciences of the University of Chile, “500 Years of the Protestant Reformation. Trajectories and Perspectives” is open to individual short paper presentations (20-minute presentations) by graduate students and established scholars in all the related fields. The conference will take place on May 29-30, 2017.

We encourage papers on the following themes:

  • Forerunners of the Reformation
  • National Reformations and their expansion
  • Political, economic, and social thought of the Reformers
  • The political and cultural impact of the Reformation in Europe
  • Works by major religious thinkers of the Reformation
  • The continuing influence of the Reformation

Presentations on related topics can also be considered by the organizing committee. Those interested in giving a paper should offer a title and a brief synopsis (300–500 words) of their proposed contribution. Proposals together with a short cv should be sent to Matías Maldonado at the address Conference languages will be Spanish and English.

Read the other details here.

If You’re in Chester, Or Manchester, Or Liverpool, or Anywhere in Wales or western England…

This is an event you should attend (via the U of C’s facebook page)

“The Dead Sea Copper Scroll: From Ancient Treasure to Modern Fixation”
A Public Event in Honour of the Appointment of
Professor George J. Brooke
as Visiting Professor in Biblical Studies.
Wednesday 9th November
7.30 – 10.00 pm
Binks Building (Room CBK011)
Chester Campus, University of Chester

To include an abridged educational screening of Ancient Mysteries: The Dead Sea Treasure Map, panel discussion, and wine reception.

On the evening of Wednesday 9th November, the Department of Theology and Religious Studies is holding a special event to mark the appointment of Professor George J. Brooke as Visiting Professor in Biblical Studies at the University of Chester, in acknowledgement and celebration of both his retirement and his immeasurable contribution to scholarship.

The focus of the event will be the so-called “Copper Scroll”, a 2,000-year-old treasure map engraved on copper and discovered among the Dead Sea Scrolls. It was here in the North West of England 60 years ago that the scroll was first opened. The evening will include a celebration of George’s work, an introduction to the Copper Scroll by George himself, an abridged educational screening of a documentary on the Copper Scroll with which George was involved, and a panel discussion.

This will be followed by a wine reception, sponsored by Brill Academic Publishers.
Hope to see you there!


Conference Announcement: Teaching and learning in the ancient Mediterranean


Bookish Circles:
Teaching and learning in the ancient Mediterranean (Part II)
A series of collaborative colloquia and seminars of the Heythrop Centre for Textual Studies

Prompted by insights from the social sciences and furnished with twentieth-century manuscript discoveries, recent analysts have achieved considerable refinement in the study of literacy in the ancient Mediterranean. A set of related questions has come to the fore. What kinds of literacy can be discerned? What purposes did they serve in various ancient contexts? And in what kinds of social circle were certain sorts of literacy at home? Posing such questions has allowed discussion to transcend previous deterministic conceptions where orality and literacy were viewed as evolutionary stages in a linear process; where attention focused principally on what percentage of people were literate; and where this literacy was a largely undifferentiated category.

In this project we pursue the task of distinguishing varieties of ancient literacy, the social functions they served and the circles in which they did so. Bringing classicists together with analysts of the ancient Jewish and early Christian materials can only improve our hopes for historical insight. The discussion will continue to illuminate areas of ancient Jewish and early Christian studies where a canonical perspective still hampers social historical enquiry in some quarters. To this end, we explore ancient varieties of adult teaching and learning with a view to casting further light on kinds and functions of literacy in the ancient Mediterranean.

Booking for Bookish Circles, Part II

Delegates may register for one or both days, at a charge of £25 per day. This includes lunch each day as well as tea and coffee breaks throughout the day. Please book here:

Delegates may also join speakers at an evening meal from 18:00 on Friday 25th November at the Randa Lebanese restaurant, Kensington Church Street, London (a few minutes walk from Heythrop College), for an additional £30 per head. This will need to be paid in cash on the day.

Related events

Part I took place at Heythrop College, 29th-30th July 2016. Part III comprises individual seminars held at Heythrop College between December 2016 – June 2017. For details of Parts I-III, and online footage of speaker’s papers, please visit:

Direct queries to Jonathan Norton:

The SOTS 2017 Winter Meeting Booking Form

The SOTS 2017 Winter Meeting Program

I’m all booked with plane tickets and room.  Looking forward to it very much.

Ecclesia semper reformanda: Renewal and Reform Beyond Polemics

On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, LEST — Leuven Encounters in Systematic Theology — will devote its 11th edition to the complex reality of the renewal and reform of the Churches (Leuven, 11-14 October 2017). Proposals for both historical and systematic-theological papers are now welcomed.

Here are all the details.

Conference Announcement: Paradigm Change in Pentateuchal Research, Conference at the Staatsunabhängige Theologische Hochschule Basel, 16.-18. March 2017

The entire program and details are available here.