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2016 International Meeting in partnership with the Korean Society of Old Testament Studies, The New Testament Society of Korea, and the Society of Asian Biblical Studies

Seoul, South Korea

Meeting Begins7/2/2016
Meeting Ends7/7/2016

Call for Papers Opens: 10/28/2015
Call for Papers Closes: 2/2/2016

Participation Details

Participation Limits

  • A person is normally limited to participate in no more than two regular program sessions as a presenter, panelist, or respondent.
  • SBL committee and business sessions do not count toward this total.


  • Proposals require presentation title and an abstract of approximately 300 words—longer abstracts will be shortened.
  • Papers are most often allotted 20-25 minutes in a session, with 5-10 minutes for discussion.
  • If you have a question about a particular program unit, email the chair listed in the Call for Papers for that unit.
  • Proposals must be submitted through the online system.
  • All presentations must be new presentations of the scholar's own original work. In absentia presentations are not typically accepted.
  • Papers cannot be repeated in other sessions or at other SBL meetings.

Registration and Membership Requirements

Program Participation

  • For participation in SBL sessions, membership in SBL is required from the time of proposal through the meeting. Members of KNTS, KOTS, and SABS may participate in SBL sessions, however, without holding membership in SBL.
  • For participation in Affiliate sessions, membership in that organization is required from the time of proposal through the meeting.
  • Membership status will be checked by May 1 and non-current members will be removed from the program at that time.
  • In its efforts to foster biblical scholarship and to facilitate mutual cooperation among colleagues, waivers to the membership requirement are available to individuals from certain countries through the Society's International Cooperation Initiative (see the list of countries at

Registration for Meeting

  • All participants and attendees are required to register through SBL.
  • All meeting participants must be registered by May 1. Registration will be checked and those not registered will be removed from the program.

Waivers of Registration and/or Membership Requirements

  • The consideration for waiver is not simply whether one is or is not a "biblical scholar," but whether one works regularly with the literatures, histories, and cultures (material and social) that interface "Bible," broadly construed.
  • Membership in other related organizations (e.g., AAR, ASOR, EABS) does not qualify one for a waiver.
  • Waivers are granted on a one-time basis only. If a waiver recipient wishes to participate on the program a second time in subsequent years, he or she must join the SBL.
  • Waivers will not be granted to expired SBL members.
  • A waiver for the International Meeting includes:
    • Waiver of membership requirement;
    • Complimentary meeting registration;
  • The waivers program is administered by the Congresses staff in consultation with the Executive Director and the International Meeting Program Committee.
  • Waivers register using a waiver registration form, which is usually sent to all waiver recipients by May 15.


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