AAR and SBL CFP

This is just a reminder that the deadline for the call for papers for both the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature is March 5th. I think that means that you have until the end of the day today, rather than the end of the day tomorrow (UPDATE: The AAR deadline [Read More...]

Recordings of AAR Presentations from Baltimore

The American Academy of Religion has made recordings of a number of sessions from last November’s annual meeting in Baltimore available online. Click through to have a listen! [Read more...]

AAR Call for Papers (Traditions of Eastern Late Antiquity)

The American Academy of Religion call for papers for the 2014 annual meeting is now live, and it includes a brand new program unit which I co-chair. Here are the details. Click through to submit a paper proposal! Traditions of Eastern Late Antiquity Group Statement of Purpose: This program unit focused on Late Antiquity in [Read More...]

Comics and Religion at AAR?

A. David Lewis has put out a call for more attention to be paid, perhaps in the form of an exploratory session next year, to religion in comic books. David has also set up a discussion forum for this and other topics. Those interested in this intersection (you know who you are) should click through [Read More...]

#AARSBL 2013 Farewell!

Yesterday was the last day of AAR/SBL for me. I read a paper on Philippians 2:6-11, considering the relevance of intertextuality, orality, and persuasive rhetoric for how we understand the text, including its Christology and the relation thereof to monotheism. I also had a chance to get to the one paper on the program about [Read More...]

#AARSBL Day 3

Yesterday I chaired the “Traditions of East Late Antiquity” exploratory session. Apparently exploratory sessions get a set time slot irrespective of the number of papers, and so we had had to set a time limit of 15 minutes each. The result was actually quite remarkable – each paper was focused and fit exactly in the [Read More...]

#AARSBL Days 1-2

I arrived in Baltimore yesterday and immediately started bumping into SBL people, and very soon people I knew or who knew me from my blogging. I had dinner with Judy Stack-Nelson and Brooke Lester, during which we talked about aspects of teaching both in the classroom and online. At the AAR reception I got to [Read More...]

#SBLAAR Here I Come!

Today I will be joining more than 10,000 other religion and Biblical studies scholars in Baltimore, Maryland for the joint annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature. I will try to blog about the conference as possible. [Read more...]

#DoctorWho and #SBLAAR

Mark Goodacre recently blogged about the collision of two worlds that some religion scholars inhabit: the world of AAR and/or SBL membership, and the world of Doctor Who fandom. His post starts beautifully: There will be lots of doctors walking around in tweedy jackets this weekend in Baltimore but sadly, most of them will be [Read More...]

Mandaeans at AAR/SBL 2013

Those interested in the Mandaeans find themselves overlapping the AAR and SBL groups, and there is a session hoping to lead to a new AAR program unit which is offered this year with a view to providing a natural home for the study of the Mandaeans and other traditions. Since some who study Mandaeism are [Read More...]

Doctors Destined to see Day of the Doctor

I mentioned my decision not to go to the 7:30 pm showing of “Day of the Doctor” in the Baltimore area while I’m there for the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature. I’m now going to the 10 pm showing. Anyone else who will be there and [Read More...]


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