#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...]

Religion and Doctor Who (American Edition)

Wipf and Stock's Cascade imprints is distributing the book I co-edited on religion and Doctor Who in North America. They've reversed the title and subtitle for this edition, and have a really cool cover: For those attending AAR/SBL, you should be able to get copies in Baltimore…while they last! See also the article “Doctor Who: [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...]

Day of the Doctor Decision

Academics in the field of religion who are also fans of Doctor Who are finding themselves torn. The major conferences in our fields, the annual meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion coincide with the broadcast on television – and showing in theaters in 3D – of “The Day [Read More...]

AAR SBL Annual Meeting App Available! #sblaar

For those of us who’ve long been waiting, there is good news: the mobile app for the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting in November is now available! ANNUAL MEETING MOBILE APP IS AVAILABLE! Plan Your Meeting with the free Annual Meetings mobile app! AAR and SBL introduces the use [Read More...]

SBLAARggers Gathering

Brian Le Port posted about the annual bibliobloggers' gathering for this year's SBL and AAR annual meeting in Baltimore. I think that it is high time that we fully included the AAR folks. And so let's start calling it the SBLAARggers Gathering. We agreed in the past that #SBLAAR is a better hashtag to use, [Read More...]

AAR THATCamp

I’ve heard a lot about THAT Camp, and there will be a meeting at AAR this year. For those who may not be familiar with it, THAT Camp is an “unconference” (yes, that is a thing) and its name stands for “The Humanities and Technology Camp.” It is a gathering with little or no agenda [Read More...]

The Landscape of the Religion Blogosphere

I’m not sure that I was aware of the report, released in 2010, about the “New Landscape of the Religion Blogosphere.” I was directed to it by another blog that I was previously unaware of, Religion Scholars in Progress. Both will potentially be useful to those who are focusing on the theme of Biblical studies [Read More...]

The Day of the Doctor

This is apparently the official poster for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special. The BBC has released some additional details about the episode. A pressing question for some of us is this: What were the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature thinking, scheduling their annual meeting so that it overlaps with such [Read More...]


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