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A Calendar of Events for Biblical and Religious Studies
Submit your events via email to Sharon Johnson.  Minor editorial revisions may be made for stylistic purposes and for reasons of length. Submissions must include a link for more information - either a website or an email link. We cannot host PDF documents.

January 2016
1/30 Call for Papers Deadline: Theology Connect Conference
Theology Connect Conference will be held in Sydney, Australia: July 8-9, 2016. Topic: Divine Revelation and Human Reason in Christian Theology. Paper proposals are invited in the fields of systematic theology, historical theology and biblical studies. Participants are encouraged to explore the relationship between divine revelation and human reason within these three disciplines. Papers from graduate students, established teachers and professional scholars are invited. Paper proposals need to be sent in with a one paragraph summary, along with academic credentials, by January 30, 2016. Please email your proposals to theologyconnect@runbox.com. Papers that are well received at the conference will be incorporated into a post-conference volume for publication.
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1/31 Call for Applicants Deadline: 2016 Nida School of Translation Studies
Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Nida School of Translation Studies, which will be held May 30 - June 10, 2016 in Italy, exploring the theme of “Translation, Ecology and Entanglement” with Nida Professors Michael Cronin (Dublin City University) and Gerald West (KwaZulu-Natal). As past Nida Professor Timothy Beal (Case Western Reserve) has reflected, “NSTS offers just the kind of experience so many of us long for: a genuinely collegial intellectual community in which scholars with different backgrounds and research interests come together in ways that are generative of new questions and perspectives.” We are confident that this tenth iteration of the school will once again offer a very rich time of study and discovery together. Applications will be accepted until January 31, 2016. We invite you to distribute this information to friends and colleagues who might be interested in applying, and we thank you for your help in getting the word out!
To apply, go to https://nidainstitute.wufoo.com/forms/nsts-2016-application-form.
 For any questions, please contact Dr. Deborah Shadd

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February 2016
2/1 Application Deadline
Applications are now available for Summer 2016 Research Fellowships at The Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston. Fellowships are open to academic scholars, independent researchers, and graduate students. The collections center on the papers of Mary Baker Eddy and records documenting the history of Christian Science. Areas of research may include women’s history, spirituality and health, religious studies, nineteenth-century history, architecture, journalism, and others. Stipend provided. Application and supporting materials must be postmarked by February 1, 2016.
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2/5-2/7 SBL Midwest regional meeting
Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Illinois  
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2/18-2/20 Holy Hero(in)es. Literary Constructions of Heroism in Late Antique and Early Medieval Hagiography
International conference at Ghent University (Belgium)-The ERC research group Novel Saints (Ghent University) builds on and contributes to a recent trend in scholarship of studying late antique and early medieval hagiography (4th-12th cent.) as literature. We welcome paper proposals for our first, international conference, which will deal with literary constructions of characters as hero(in)es in different types of late antique and early medieval hagiographical narrative (Lives, Martyr Acts, hagiographical romances, etc.). We envisage contributions on hagiography from different linguistic traditions (Latin, Greek, Syriac, Georgian, Coptic, Armenian, Persian and Arabic). The conference aims to explore definitions of and aspects/concepts relevant to heroism in Christian narrative. What does it mean to be a hero(ine) in these narratives? Are there different types of hero(in)es (and of heroism)? To what extent can narratological concepts provide useful tools for evaluating hagiographical constructions of heroism? The other central question is how saints (and/or, possibly, other characters) are characterized, shaped, imagined and/or constructed as hero(in)es.
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March 2016
3/4-3/6 Southeastern Regional Meeting
Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center,Atlanta, GA
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3/10-3/11 Eastern Great Lakes Regional Meeting
Mohican LodgePerrysville, OH
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3/10-3/12 Mid Atlantic Regional Meeting
Hyatt Regency New BrunswickNew Brunswick, NJ
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3/11-3/13 Southwestern Regional Meeting
Marriott Hotel DFW Airport North Irving, TX
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3/13-3/14 Central States Regional Meeting
St. Louis Marriott, WestSt. Louis, MO
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3/13-3/14 Pacific Coast Regional Meeting
Claremont Graduate UniversityClaremont, CA
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3/15 Call for Papers
Open Theology (http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/opth) invites submissions for the topical issue 'Bible Translation', under the general editorship of Dr. Mark L. Strauss (Bethel Seminary San Diego). The vast majority of Bible readers access the Scriptures in a translation, rather than in the original languages (Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic). Yet issues related to the theory and practice of translation are not widely discussed in biblical studies circles. We invite linguists, international Bible translators, and biblical scholars to discuss the history, theory, practice, and recent developments in the field of Bible translation. HOW TO SUBMIT Submissions are due by March 15, 2016. To submit an article for the special issue of Open Theology, please use the on-line submission system choosing as article type: ‘Special Issue Article: 'Bible Translation'. All contributions will undergo a critical review before being accepted for publication.
Further questions about the thematic issue can be sent to Mark L. Strauss. In case of technical questions please contact Managing Editor of the journal at .Dr. Katarzyna Tempczyk
3/16-3/19 Spring National Meeting
Westar Institute, home of the Jesus SeminarSanta Rosa, California. Featuring guest speakers Mary Evelyn Tucker, John D. Caputo, and Dennis R. MacDonald. More information forthcoming. More information.
3/20 Call for Papers Deadline: Ethnicity/Race/Religion Conference
Centre for Biblical Studies, University of Exeter, UK
To propose a paper, please submit your abstract of no more than 250 words and a brief indication of your current position and institutional affiliation to k.m.hockey@exeter.ac.uk by 5pm on Sunday 20th March 2016 (GMT).
The open paper sessions will consist of 25 minutes for papers with additional time for questions and discussion. We invite papers which are in line with the key questions of the conference: How do ethnicity and race feature in constructions of identity in biblical text? How have ideologies of race shaped biblical interpretation past and present? How has the Bible and its interpretation contributed to racial ideologies and racist practices? To what extent are the dominant models of biblical scholarship ‘Western’ in their assumptions? What might breaking out of these assumptions entail?
We welcome a range of approaches, whether (for example) focusing on a particular (or group of) biblical text(s); using a reception-historical or ideology-critical lens to explore the impact of biblical texts on ideologies of race; or relating biblical texts and their interpretation to historical or contemporary contexts in ways pertinent to the above questions.
Abstracts will be preferred that both outline the paper’s proposed content and show a clear and relevant thesis.
Decisions on which papers can be accepted will be communicated by 30 April 2016.
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April 2016
4/1-4/2 Upper Midwest Regional Meeting
Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN
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4/1-4/2 Rocky Mountains - Great Plains Regional Meeting
University of Denver, Iliff School of Theology, Denver, CO
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4/10 New England/Eastern Canada Regional Meeting
Brown University, Providence, RI
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May 2016
5/15-5/17 Religious Constructions of the Other
A multi-religious, multi-disciplinary academic conference will be held at the Inter-religious Studies Centre, Vancouver School of Theology, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Marc Gopin, Director, Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University.
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5/20-5/22 Pacific Northwest Regional Meeting
University of Idaho,Moscow, ID
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5/23-5/27 6th Enoch Graduate Seminar
Will be held in University of Texas, Austin, TX and Chaired by Jonathan Kaplan and Kelley Coblenz Bautch, with speakers including Gabriele Boccaccini and Matthias Henze. Please ask your Ph.D. students/candidates and post-docs to apply by submitting their paper proposals (500-1000 words) from all fields of Second Temple Judaism (Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Dead Sea Scrolls, Christian origins, Jewish- Hellenistic literature, etc.) and, for the first time, early Islamic studies, to Professor Isaac Oliver at ioliver@fsmail.bradley.edu. Proposal deadline: December 15, 2015.
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5/30-6/10 Nida School of Translation Studies:Translation, Ecology and Entanglement
The 2016 Nida School of Translation Studies will be held in Misano, Italy exploring the theme of “Translation, Ecology and Entanglement” with Nida Professors Michael Cronin (Dublin City University) and Gerald West (KwaZulu-Natal). As past Nida Professor Timothy Beal (Case Western Reserve) has reflected, “NSTS offers just the kind of experience so many of us long for: a genuinely collegial intellectual community in which scholars with different backgrounds and research interests come together in ways that are generative of new questions and perspectives.” We are confident that this tenth iteration of the school will once again offer a very rich time of study and discovery together.

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June 2016
6/19-6/24 John the Jew: Reading the Gospel of John’s Christology as a Form of Jewish Messianism
The 6th Enoch Seminar Nangeroni Meeting will be held in Camaldoli, Italy. Chaired by Gabriele Boccaccini, Benjamin Reynolds, and Deborah Forger, with the participation of, among others, James Charlesworth, Kelley Coblentz-Bautch, James Davila, Matthias Henze, Angela Kim Harkins, Crispin Fletcher Louis, Grant Macaskill, James McGrath, Andrei Orlov, Adele Reinhartz, and Loren Stuckenbruck. If you are interested in participating in the meeting, please contact Ben Reynolds (Breynolds@tyndale.ca) and Deborah Forger (dkforger@umich.edu).
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6/23-6/26 Religious Convergence in the Ancient Mediterranean
This international conference brings together scholars in religion, archaeology, philology, and history to explore case studies and theoretical models of converging religions.

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6/26-6/30 The Early Reception of Paul the Jew
The 7th Enoch Seminar Nangeroni Meeting will be held in Rome, Italy. Chaired by Isaac Oliver, with the participation of, among others, Albert Baumgarten, Gabriele Boccaccini, Daniel Boyarin, Kathy Ehrensperger, Gabriella Gelardini, Judith Lieu, Anders Klostergaard Petersen, David Sim, and Matthew Thiessen.
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July 2016
7/3-7/7 2016 SBL International Meeting
Seoul, South Korea
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7/4-7/6 The Aramaeans B.C.: History, Literature, and Archaeology
ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organizing its Forty Third International Conference on the history and the cultural heritage of the Aramaeans B.C.: History, Literature, and Archaeology, to be held at the Oriental Institute, the University of Oxford, on 4th – 6th July 2016.The conference will start on Monday July 04th at 9am, finishing on Wednesday July 06th at 1pm. Each speaker’s paper is limited to 35 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes for discussion. All papers given at the conference will be considered for publication in a future edition of the ARAM Periodical, subject to editorial review. If you wish to participate in the conference, please contact our Oxford address:ARAM, the Oriental Institute, Oxford University, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE, England. Tel. 01865-514041 Email: aram@orinst.ox.ac.uk
August 2016
8/2-8/5 General Meeting of Studiorum Novi Testament Societas
Society for New Testament Studies (SNTS) will hold their 2016 General Meeting in Montreal, Canada.
For updates and information, see SNTS
8/9-8/11 Ethnicity/Race/Religion: Identities, Ideologies, and Intersections in Biblical Texts and Interpretation
Centre for Biblical Studies, University of Exeter, UK
How do ethnicity and race feature in constructions of identity in biblical texts? How have ideologies of race shaped biblical interpretation past and present? And how has the Bible and its interpretation contributed to racial ideologies and racist practices? These are the key issues to be explored in this international conference. Religion and ethnicity or race – the terms are contested and unavoidably loaded – are facets of identity that intersect and overlap in complex and varied ways. They are neither identical nor entirely separable, but clearly bound up in some of the most intractable and prominent conflicts in the contemporary world.
One of the aims of the conference is to explore and to problematize the extent to which the dominant models of biblical scholarship remain ‘Western’ in their assumptions, and to consider what breaking out of these might entail.
Speakers: Professor Musa Dube, University of Botswana Dr Ma. Marilou S. Ibita, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, and the Institute of Formation and Religious Studies, Quezon City, the Philippines. Dr Gregory Cuéllar, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, USA.
 
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September 2016
9/4-9/9 International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament (IOSOT)
For the first time in its more than 50-years history the IOSOT will convene on African soil in 2016. The triennial meeting will take place at the University of Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa. Updates and more information will be posted on the official website. Register there with your e-mail address to receive automatic updates and the Call for Papers. Questions contact: Prof Louis Jonker
October 2016
November 2016
11/19-11/22 2015 SBL Annual Meeting
San Antonio, Texas
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