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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.

November 2017
11/18-11/21 2017 SBL Annual Meeting
Boston, MA
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11/17-11/20 International Qur'anic Studies Association
International Qur'anic Studies Association (IQSA) Annual Meeting held in conjunction with the SBL/AAR Annual Meetings in Boston, Massachusetts
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11/30 CFP Deadline: What’s So Funny? Discovering and Interpreting Humor in the Ancient World
A conference to be held at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. See April 2018 entry for more information.
 Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted by email to by 30 November 2017. Please include “Humor Conference Abstract” and your name in the subject line
December 2017
12/4-12/5 Revisiting Mamre - The Stranger in the Three Abrahamic Faiths
International Conference will provide a forum for scholars across the disciplines to discuss and debate the the central place given to the stranger within Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and the ethical challenge posed by the stranger.
Hosted by:  Department of Philosophy, Queens College, City University of New York
Keynote Speakers: Tamara Cohn Eskenazi (Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion) J. Kameron Carter (Duke Divinity School) Mohammad Hassan Khalil (Michigan State University)
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January 2018
1/2-1/4 The Society for Old Testament Study (SOTS)
The Society for Old Testament Study (SOTS) Winter Meeting will be held at the University of Nottingham in Cripps Hall. More information
1/4-1/7 Linguistic Society of America
The 92nd Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America will take place at the Grand America Salt Lake City in Utah.
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1/4-1/7 AIA and SCS Joint Annual Meeting
The Joint Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and the Society for Classical Studies (SCS) (formerly known as the American Philological Association) will take place in Boston, Massachusetts. Meeting registration and hotel reservation information will be posted in late summer.
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February 2018
2/2-2/4 SBL Midwest Regional Meeting
Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN
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March 2018
3/2-3/4 SBL Southeastern Regional Meeting
Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center, Atlanta, GA
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3/9-3/11 SBL Southwestern Regional Meeting
Marriott Hotel, DFW Airport, North Irving, TX
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3/11 SBL Pacific Coast Regional Meeting
Hope International University, Fullerton, CA
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3/11-3/12 SBL Central States Regional Meeting
Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, Columbia, MO
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3/15-3/16 SBL Eastern Great Lakes Regional Meeting
DoubleTree Hotel, Akron, OH
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3/15-3/16 SBL Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting
Hyatt Regency Hotel, New Brunswick, NJ
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3/16-3/17 Rocky Mountains - Great Plains Region
Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
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April 2018
4/13-4/14 SBL Upper Midwest Regional Meeting
University of St. Thomas,St. Paul, MN
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4/20 SBL New England/Eastern Canada Region
Yale Divinity School,New Haven, CT
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04/20-04/21 CFP: What’s So Funny? Discovering and Interpreting Humor in the Ancient World
A conference to be held at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Keynote Speakers:
  • Jack M. Sasson (Emeritus Professor, Vanderbilt University)
  • Ian Ruffell (Classics, University of Glasgow)
  • Amy Richlin (Classics, University of California at Los Angeles)
  • Christine Hayes (Religious Studies, Yale University)
Humor is a ubiquitous human phenomenon with a wide range of applications. Yet, what is deemed humorous is often culturally determined. This poses a significant challenge for scholars of ancient cultures. How do we identify what an ancient culture found funny? How did they use humor, and what drove their usage?
The purpose of this conference is to provide a forum for scholars across disciplines to discuss and debate humor and its functions in both textual and material sources across the ancient Mediterranean, from the early Near East through late antiquity. We invite papers that address the above questions, or any others, on the topic of humor in an ancient Mediterranean context. Possible topics include:
  • Theoretical models for identifying and understanding humor and comedy in ancient cultures
  • Ancient definitions and theories of humor
  • Humor in political discourse, including propaganda, competition, and resistance
  • The role of humor in religion and ritual
  • Humor and social taboo: obscenities, scatology, and transgressive behaviors
  • Women, sexuality, and gender as sites of humor
  • Humor and social boundaries: elite and popular, native and foreign, center and periphery, divine and mortal, and other lines of membership
  • Humor’s function in narrative and in the relationship between storyteller and audience
  • Humor as entertainment in daily life, including inscriptions, performance, and celebration
Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted by email to by 30 November 2017. Please include “Humor Conference Abstract” and your name in the subject line
4/29-5/3 Orion Center International Symposium
To mark seventy years since the initial discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, an international symposium will be held in Jerusalem, hosted by The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Vienna, New York University, the Israel Antiquities Authority and The Israel Museum.
The overarching symposium theme will be “The Wilderness”—as a real place; as the location of biblical episodes, most notably during the formative years of Israel's wandering from Egypt to the Promised Land; as a motif; and as a concept (sometimes idealized, sometimes demonized).
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May 2018
5/11-5/13 SBL Pacific Northwest Regional Meeting
Pacific Lutheran University,Tacoma, WA
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June 2018
July 2018
7/30-8/3 SBL International Meeting 
Will be held in Helsinki, Finland in conjunction with EABS.
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7/30-8/3 European Association of Biblical Studies
Helsinki, 30 July-3 August: joint conference with ISBL
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August 2018
September 2018
October 2018
November 2018
11/17-11/20 SBL Annual Meeting
in Denver, Colorado.
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December 2018

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