November 6, 2009
Starts Nov 21--New Orleans
2010 – Tartu, Estonia
to the Annual Meeting Newsletter:
Presiding at the Presidential address is Vincent L. Wimbush, Claremont
22-230 National Film Premiere! Finding God in the City of
Angels: Scriptural Communities and Dynamics in Los Angeles
is in Grand Ballroom D – SH. We look forward to the national premiere
of this original film, written as a research project by one of SBL’s
members, Simon Joseph.
For any further updates to
the Annual Meeting Program, check the AM News
21-221 Lament in Sacred Texts and Cultures
Saturday Nov 21 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM Room: Waterbury - SH
The destruction of New Orleans in 2005 was an event of biblical scale:
the thorough destruction of a city and the dispersion of its people.
The session reflects on responses to such destruction, ending with
remarks on how personal experience of such an event both informs and
constrains the author’s work as a biblical scholar, including a
discussion of why poetry has a capacity for deep lament but scholarship
does not. Six distinguished and prolific poets and writers of New
Orleans will be presenting their poems composed from their experiences
of Hurricane Katrina. They have also been participants in the noted 17
Poets group performing weekly since 2003 in New Orleans, which was
featured on the PBS Newshour.
Saturday Nov 21 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM Room: Napoleon A3 - SH
The papers in this session contrast and compare exilic experiences in
scripture, New Orleans, and literature, pre- and post-Katrina, in
various texts (Psalms, Paul's letters) and from various perspectives
(womanist, cultural hermeneutics).
21-305 Bible and American
Saturday Nov 21 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM Room: Studio 6 - MR
If ever there were a city that would be defined by and known
internationally for its music, it would be New Orleans. This session
highlights the rich musical heritage of New Orleans in relation to the
Bible and popular music.
Association of Professors of Hebrew
Sunday Nov 22 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM Room: Gallier AB - SH
Join us for a panel discussion, which we have themed "Tikkun `Olam:
Responding to Natural Evil from Genesis 6 to Katrina and the Aftermath."
22-307 Book of Psalms
Sunday Nov 22 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM Room: La Galerie 6 - MR
Biblical scholars have shown increasing interest in the topic of
creation in recent years. This session explores the theological and
liturgical implications of creation in the Psalms, as well as the new
force of such considerations in light of recent natural disasters
involving inundations, including Hurricane Katrina.
24-127 Women in the
Tuesday Nov 24 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM Room: Southdown Room - SH
Papers in this session discuss the contribution of ordinary women to
the process of Christian Origins and the rehabilitation of the memory
of women leaders in the history of early Christianity, as well as the
shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, which now resides on the campus of
Ursuline Academy on State Street in New Orleans. Our Lady of Prompt
Succor is now the patron saint of the City of New Orleans and the State
of Louisiana, and, in the midst of the wreckage of Katrina and the
following flood, prayers continue to be offered to hasten city’s
Schools of Oriental Research
ASOR would like to invite SBL attendees to come to a session on
Saturday evening at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel. There will be no
charge to attend the session and no pre-registration is required.
Saturday, November 21 from 6:00-8:00pm in Astor Ballrooms I and II at
the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Voodoo Dolls of the
Ancient Near East
Michael M. Homan (Xavier University of Louisiana), Presiding
Sallie Ann Glassman (Island of Salvation Botanica/La Source Ancienne
Ounfou), “Vodou Spirits and Sacred Vodou Flags”
Gary O. Rollefson (Whitman College), “The Glory Belongs to Our
Ancestors: The Neolithic 'Ain Ghazal Statues and Plastered Skulls”
Christopher A. Faraone (Univeristy of Chicago), “Voodoo Dolls in the
Greek and Roman Worlds: An Update”
Sara A. Rich (Catholic University, Leuven), “Manipulated Miniatures:
Haitian and Mesopotamian Figurines Defy Human Destiny”
William G. Dever (University of Arizona, Emeritus), “The Judean
Pillar-base Figurines: Mothers or Mother-Goddesses?”
Shawna Dolansky (Northeastern University), “Re-Figuring ‘Fertility’
Figurines: Fetishistic Functions of the Feminine Form”
for Papers for the 2010 International Meeting in Tartu,
Estonia is live! As in Vienna, the European Association of Biblical
Studies will join us to advance and broaden the field of biblical
studies internationally. Estonia provides a unique and momentous
context in which to conduct this work: from German Lutheran missionary
work to Soviet communist rule; from folk healers in Võnnu to modern
trends of secularization; from the preliterate heritage of regilaul
to the eighteenth century Herrnhuter movement that spread
Moravian-spiritual songlore beyond church walls. We hope to see you
of Biblical Literature
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There will be a meeting of the ICI Advisory Board at the SBL Annual
Meeting on Saturday, Nov. 21, 3:30-4:30 PM (Room: Crescent - SH).
Everyone on the board, as well as anyone who is interested in becoming
part of ICI, is invited to come and share ideas or concerns and to
Those who are unable to come to New Orleans are asked to send written
comments by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
for inclusion in the discussion at the meeting.
ICI adds titles to Online
(1) Flannery, Frances, Colleen Shantz, and Rodney A. Werline, eds. Experientia, Volume 1: Inquiry into
Religious Experience in Early Judaism and Early Christianity.
Symposium Symposium 40.
Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2008.
(2) Habel, Norman C. and Peter Trudinger, eds. Exploring Ecological Hermeneutics.
Symposium 46. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2008.
(3) Horn, Cornelia B. and Robert R. Phenix Jr., trans. with
introduction and notes. John
Rufus: The Lives of Peter the Iberian, Theodosius of Jerusalem, and the
Monk Romanus. Writings from the Greco-Roman World 24.
Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2008.
(4) Thatcher, Tom and Stephen D. Moore, eds. Anatomies of Narrative
Criticism: The Past, Present, and Futures of the Fourth Gospel as
Literature. Resources for Biblical Study 55. Atlanta,
Society of Biblical Literature, 2008.
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11/16 - 11/18 The Dead
Sea Scrolls: Transmission of Traditions and Production of Texts
In conjunction with the exhibition of the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Royal
Ontario Museum, Toronto, there will be an academic conference held at
University of Toronto on November 16 and 17. Scholars from North
America, Israel, and Europe will discuss questions related to the
production, transmission and reception of ancient texts and traditions;
papers will be published in a conference volume. On Nov. 18, papers
will be presented by graduate students from the University of Toronto
and McMaster University. A full program will be posted soon.
11/19 - 11/21 "Texts
beyond Borders: Multilingualism and Textual Scholarship"
Sixth International Conference of the European Society for Textual
Scholarship Location: Academy for Science and the Arts (KVAB),
11/20 - 11/24 SBL Annual Meeting
New Orleans, Louisiana
11/30 Deadline: Call for
Claiming Conceptual Space. Reimagining the Study of Religion and
Theology: Changing Contexts and Social Discourse Huguenot College,
Wellington, Western Cape, South Africa
The organizers invite proposals for papers (30 minute presentations
which include discussion time) that address the theme of the conference
to be held at Huguenot College, Wellington, Western Cape (South
Africa), April 6-9, 2010. Proposals for papers are invited to address
the issues announced in the conference call. Papers that explore the
intersection between religion, theology, and other theoretical domains
are particularly invited, as well as papers that reflect on and
theorize changed disciplinary practices and their institutionalization
in research regimes and scholarly discourses. While related papers are
also encouraged, contributions exploring the following themes are
- Conceptuality and construction: the proprium of "religious
discourse" and the nature of "theology"
- Technologies of transcendental discourses: embodied
cognition, the politics of religion, identity, and memorialisation
- Reimagining disciplinary practices: testing the boundaries
– intra-, inter-, and transdisciplinarity; thinking out/insider
- Conceptualizing from a place: contextualization, relevance,
Proposals should be sent to the organizers: Gerhard van den Heever or
Naas Swart. Confirmation of acceptance or rejection of proposals will
be sent by December 30, 2009.
12/30 Call for Papers Deadline
The Society of Asian Biblical Studies (SABS) will hold its next meeting
at the Divinity School, Chung Chi College, Chinese University of Hong
Kong, June 14-16, 2010.
SABS seeks to bring together scholars interested in and committed to
biblical studies in various contexts of Asia/Oceania, including those
1/16 - 1/20 4th African Association for the Study of Religion (AASR)
Conference in Africa, "Religion, Environment and Sustainable
Development" at Ogsfemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
1/30 - 2/1 Living the Lunar Calendar
Bible Lands Museum, Jerusalem
1/31 Call for Papers
SBL 2010 International Meeting - Tartu, Estonia
2/12 - 2/14 SBL Midwest States Regional Meeting
Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana
3/5 - 3/7 SBL Southeastern Regional Meeting
Atlanta Marriott Century Center, Atlanta, Georgia
3/12 - 3/14 SBL Southwestern Regional Meeting
Marriott Hotel DFW North, Dallas, Texas
3/13 - 3/15 SBL Pacific States Regional Meeting
Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
3/21 - 3/22 SBL Central States Regional Meeting
St. Louis Marriott West
4/9 - 4/10 SBL Rocky Mountains-Great Plains Regional Meeting
Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
4/9 - 4/10 SBL Upper Midwest Regional Meeting
Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota
4/7 - 4/9 Resurrection of the Dead: Biblical Traditions in Dialogue
An International Conference at the Universite´ Catholique de Louvain,
Scholarly debate over the significance of biblical traditions
concerning resurrection from the dead has been lively. The current
conference allows for a continuation of research and discussion on the
topic. Presentations will include both invited guests (main papers) and
paper proposals in response to the Call for Papers . Presentations will
be made in English or in French. Main Papers presented by Claire Clivaz
(Lausanne/Genève); Adela Yarbro Collins (Yale University); John J.
Collins (Yale University); José Costa (Paris III – Sorbonne); Gerd
Lüdemann (Göttingen); Odette Mainville (Montréal); Daniel Marguerat
(Lausanne/Genève); Tobias Nicklas (University of Regensburg); Heikki
Räisänen (Helsinki); Tom Shepherd (Andrews University, MI); Geert Van
Oyen (UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve); André Wénin (UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve)
4/16 SBL New
England States Regional Meeting
Andover-Newton Theological School
5/7 - 5/9 SBL Pacific Northwest Regional Meeting
University of Victoria, Victoria, BC
5/31-6/4 Invention, Rewriting, Usurpation: Discursive Fights over Religious Traditions in Antiquity
An international conference held by the research project "The Discursive Fight over Religious Texts in Antiquity," University of Aarhus, Denmark. Keynote speakers: Harold W. Attridge (Yale), Daniel Boyarin (UC Berkeley), David Brakke (Indiana University, Bloomington), Karla Pollmann (St Andrews), and Guy G. Stroumsa (Hebrew University).
6/4 Symposium on Everett Ferguson
Everett Ferguson’s Baptism in the Early Church offers an exhaustive survey of the literary and material evidence for baptismal practice in the first five centuries of Christian history. This symposium, hosted by the Christian Scholars’ Conference, brings together leading scholars to engage this magisterial work and to honor its author’s contribution to ecumenical theological scholarship.
6/14-6/16 The Society of Asian Biblical Studies (SABS) will hold its next meeting at the Divinity School, Chung Chi College, Chinese University of Hong Kong. For further information, please contact Monica Melanchthon or Tat -siong Benny Liew . SABS seeks to bring together scholars interested in and committed to Biblical Studies in various contexts of Asia/Oceania, including those in diaspora.
Call for Papers- deadline is December 30, 2009