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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.

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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3/11-3/13 Truth, Lies, and Language in Ancient Mediterranean Religion
The Jewish Studies Program and the Department of Religious Studies at UC Davis are proud to host an international conference on concepts of religious language, particularly issues of credibility, propaganda, and translation between languages and cultures in the ancient world, with a focus on Jewish and Christian texts of the Hellenistic and Roman eras.
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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
6/12-6/15 The Future of Syriac Studies and the Legacy of Sebastian P. Brock  
On the occasion of the 80th birthday of Sebastian P. Brock, Sankt Ignatios Theological Academy & Stockholm School of Theology, Sweden, is hosting a major conference on “The Future of Syriac Studies.” Sebastian Brock has agreed to be present and participate and it is expected that this will be a significant and memorable event for Syriac studies. Several senior scholars have agreed to present plenary papers. Papers are now being invited and solicited for a limited number of spaces in general sessions. Papers should be 20-25 minutes in order to give time for discussion, and may concern any topic in the broad range of Syriac studies.
Please keep in mind that the theme of this conference aims to focus upon new directions and methodologies, as well as to forge new resolutions to traditional issues. The deadline for submittal of a title and abstract (ca. 200 words) is 1 February 2018. The conference committee will notify those whose papers have been accepted by 1 March 2018. During the concluding session, Sebastian Brock will be awarded the Order of Sankt Ignatios for his long and valued contribution to all matters Syriac, along with his mentorship to so many scholars. In addition to the plenary and general sessions, events of Syriac song and poetry are being planned, as well as a round-table discussion of the future of Syriac studies.
Housing and meals will be available for all participants at the Sigtuna Conference Centre or in the close vicinity. Sigtuna is one of the oldest settlements in Sweden and is located only 20 minutes from the Stockholm Arlanda Airport.
A registration form will be available shortly at
July 2018
7/25-7/27 Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense LXVII, 2018 (President: Pierre Van Hecke, Leuven) 
For many centuries, the Song of Songs was by far one of the most commented biblical books, especially taking into consideration its limited length. After a period of diminished interest, recent scholarship is rediscovering the book. The present colloquium aims at bringing together the leading voices in contemporary Songs scholarship and by fostering the dialogue between them, at inaugurating a new phase in the research. Firstly, the colloquium will deal with the redaction history and the dating of the book. A second important discussion concerns the structure or unity of the book: is the scroll a collection of thematically loosely connected poems, or does it display in its final redactional form a unity? Given their uniqueness in the biblical corpus, scholarship has paid quite some attention to possible parallels of the Songs in the surrounding cultures as well as to the early Christian reception of Song of Songs. The latter developments are not unrelated with the reopening of the hermeneutically important question whether the book was composed with an allegorical reading in mind or not. Finally, the Song of Songs continues to fascinate the readers by its highly poetic and at times difficult language. A renewed attention for the book’s metaphorical richness will therefore be an important aspect of this colloquium.
CALL FOR SHORT PAPERS: Short paper proposals (including name, institutional affiliation, title and abstract of 200-300 words) should be sent to: Pierre Van Hecke, President CBL 2018, no later than March 1, 2018.
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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
9/25-9/27 CFP: Religious and Philosophical Conversion in the Ancient Mediterranean Traditions
The Conference on Religious and Philosophical Conversion explore will explore conversion or converting experience in the environment of the ancient Hellenistic world(s) with attention to early Judaism and early Christianity/the New Testament. Presentations will undertake both historical and philological reconstructions relying on source material and utilizing interdisciplinary approaches.
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October 2018
10/23-10/24 Resurrection in the Bible and Ancient Mediterranean World
A Conference of the Institute of Biblical Studies, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland. The main theme of the symposium will be resurrection in the Bible and extra-biblical traditions of the ancient Mediterranean World. The topics covered by conference papers can include: the shape and character of the idea of resurrection in the Bible and extra-biblical literature; the historical, anthropologico-cultural and theological analysis of the ancient texts and traditions on resurrection; the genesis and development of the idea of resurrection in the Hebrew Bible; the historical, socio-cultural and theological analysis of the idea of resurrection in New Testament texts together with their moral and ecclesiological implications; resurrection in Early Christian writings and traditions.
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November 2018
11/17-11/20 SBL Annual Meeting
in Denver, Colorado.
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December 2018

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