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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.

April 2016
4/10 New England/Eastern Canada Regional Meeting
Brown University, Providence, RI
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4/10-4/13 The Texts of the Bible from the Dead Sea Scrolls to the Biblical Manuscripts of the Vienna Papyrus Collection
The Fifteenth International Orion Symposium in conjunction with the University of Vienna Institute for Jewish Studies and the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies will be held at Beit Maiersdorf and the Rabin Building, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mount Scopus.
The discovery and publication of over 200 biblical manuscripts among the Dead Sea scrolls has fundamentally changed our understanding of the biblical text and its history. Many issues will be addressed in this two-part symposium: the first part focusing on the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Second Temple period and late antiquity; the second part on the Vienna papyrus collection and early medieval trajectories of the biblical text. The gap between the Second Temple period and medieval times will be bridged by several papers on the text of the Hebrew Bible in light of rabbinic literature.
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4/15 Call for Papers Deadline- Songs of Songs
The fifth international conference on Song of Songs in the Shir ha-­-Shirim conference series will take place in Pretoria, South Africa, from the evening of 31 August until 2 September 2016 (thus ending two days before the IOSOT conference in Stellenbosch, well in time for colleagues wanting to combine these two events as a conference series).
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May 2016
5/1 CFP Deadline- Digital Humanities Congress
DHC will be held from 8th-10th September at the University of Sheffield.
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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 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 ( and Deborah Forger (
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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
7/2 Society of Asian Biblical Studies (SABS): Moving Margins: Biblical Studies in 21st century Asia
If you are planning to attend the meetings of the ISBL 2016 in Seoul, Korea, come a day early and join the fifth Biennial meetings of our partner organization, the Society of Asian Biblical Studies (SABS), a professional academic society to promote biblical interpretation and research in Asia and/or through Asian lenses. It is meeting adjacent to and in collaboration with the Society of Biblical Literature on the 2nd of July 2016. SABS is organizing further sessions which will be scheduled within the ISBL program from the 3-7 of July 2016.
For more information email Secretary SABS
7/3-7/7 2016 SBL International Meeting
Seoul, South Korea
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7/4-7/8 Summer School- On Biblical Manuscripts
Summer School in Salzburg, Austria on on biblical manuscripts and their use in biblical studies.
See flyer with more information or email Kristin De Troyer
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:
7/10-7/14 Teaching Hebrew Morphology in the 21st Century
Workshop with Dr. Tania Notarius, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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7/18-7/20 Ancient Churches of the Levant
ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organizing its Forty Third International Conference on the theme of the Ancient Churches of the Levant, to be held at the Oriental Institute ,University of Oxford.
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7/26-7/29 Postcolonial Hermeneutics
The VIII National Simposium of the Society of Indonesian Biblical Scholars (ISBI) will be held at STAKN Toraja, Sulawesi Selatan, Indonesia. Language: Bahasa Indonesia.

Email Marnangkok Situmorang for more information.
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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