two largest SBL meetings are held over several days and are divided up into
sessions that are organized by program units. Program units cover the gamut of
SBL member interests from Hebrew Scriptures and Cognate Literature to Computer
Assisted Research to Gender, Sexuality, and the Bible. The Annual Meeting and
the International Meeting each has its own set of program units. To see
the current year’s program units, follow the links on the right side of
this page. The past year’s units will be in the Program Book Archive (see
There are three types of program units:
Consultation: 3 year term – usually the first incarnation of a program
unit; formed to explore the viability of and interest in a subject; can be
short-term units responding to current trends or topics/methods/inquires new to
the SBL program.
Section: 6 year term – offers presenters most access for unsolicited
papers; required to have at least one open session each year; session types
include paper readings, panel discussions, and workshops that involve practical,
hands-on, learning opportunities related to teaching and/or research
Seminar: 6 year term – long-range collaborative research
topics/papers that require active participation and well-defined research
topics or projects; unit chairs collect papers before meeting and distribute to
participant group; papers are summarized and discussed, not read, at meetings.
Proposing a New Program Unit or Special Session
Program unit proposals are reviewed within the SBL office
for completeness and then by the respective Program Committee as a whole. Proposers must use the forms linked to below. Questions related to developing a proposal should be sent via email to Charlie Haws, Director of Programs.
*New program unit proposals are due January 15 of the year in which the unit
*Renewal proposals are due October 1 of the final year of the unit’s
For both existing units pursuing renewal and new units applications, the proposal is due no later than September 1 of the final year of the unit's current term.
Special sessions, including book
reviews, should be discussed with and programmed as a part of current program
units whenever possible; proposers are responsible for contacting related
program units. Some topics, however, fall outside of or beyond the scope of
current units and/or require special attention. Proposals for such sessions
must follow the forms below and will be reviewed based on the criteria for
review of program unit proposals and renewals (see above).
Seminar Papers Archive
Beginning in 2004, the print edition of Seminar Papers was discontinued, with a selection of papers presented at the meeting being made available online. To see the archive of Seminar Papers, click here
Program Book Archive
In 2004 we also started archiving Program Books and Abstracts from the Annual Meetings and International Meetings.To see the Program Book archive, click here