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…]

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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…]

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#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…]

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#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…]

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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…]

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#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…]

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#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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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