#sblaar Punny Papers

The day before yesterday I was involved in a session put together by the SBL student organization, on how to prepare for and effectively deliver a good conference presentation. Since an earlier panelist had rightly pointed out that an abstract is no place for jokes, and given my appreciation for the humorous, I thought that [Read More...]

#sblaar Now Presenting!

I will be involved with a panel in a few minutes with the title “Now Presenting!” with myself and others sharing some advice to grad students and others new to presenting. This is the line up as of 3:42 (it starts at 4pm): To be fair, this place is huge! But we may get booed [Read More...]

Made It To Chicago #sblaar

I drove up to Chicago today for the joint annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature. I have already had a get-together with some other Patheos bloggers attending the conference, bumped into old friends and even one of my collaborators on the Mandaean Book of John project. So far, [Read More...]

Take Me Back to Chicago #sblaar

This one goes out to everyone traveling to Chicago for the AAR and/or SBL annual meetings. There’s something special about listening to Chicago sing about going to Chicago when you’re going to Chicago… [Read more...]

#SBLAAR 2012 Gathering of Bibliobloggers and Other Religion Bloggers: Sunday November 18th at 7pm

The votes are in, the election ended, and the bibliobloggers have spoken! The gathering of bibliobloggers – and I am going to once again invite any theobloggers and other bloggers about religion as well – will be Sunday, November 18th, at 7pm at Kitty O’Shea’s, an Irish pub located at the Hilton in Chicago. The [Read More...]

Conference Hashtag: #SBLAAR

After some consultation, I think that it is to be agreed that the hashtag to use for those tweeting about the upcoming AAR and SBL joint annual meeting is #sblaar Adding the year seems unnecessary. And while putting the AAR ahead of the SBL seemed preferable for alphabetical reasons, the resulting hashtag #aarsbl – which [Read More...]

Mandaean Studies at SBL and AAR

Here is a round-up of what’s going on at this year’s Society of Biblical Literature and American Academy of Religion annual meetings on the subject of the Mandaeans and their literature (including one by yours truly):   S18-134: Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism 11/18/2012 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM Room: S505a – McCormick Place Revisiting the Relationship [Read More...]

This Year’s AAR/SBL iPad App is Finally Available!

If you are an iPad, iPhone, or iPod user, and you are attending the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and/or the Society of Biblical Literature in November, you have been impatiently awaiting the promised iOS app for your device dedicated to the event (just as we did around this time last year). [Read More...]

Death by Powerpoint Rap

Doug Chaplin shared the above video, and I think it might be useful viewing for those gearing up to present at SBL and/or AAR in November. Or any other conference, or business, or educational institution, or… On a related note, there is a panel session at SBL this year, in which I am participating, on [Read More...]

AAR and SBL Sessions 2012

The program book for the Society of Biblical Literature 2012 Annual Meeting and the program book for the American Academy of Religion 2012 Annual Meeting, which will take place together in Chicago in November, are both now online. I’ll be reading one paper and serving on one panel at the SBL conference, and will be part of [Read More...]

JAAR Review of Religion and Science Fiction

I’ve been meaning to mention the review of Religion and Science Fiction in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion. It is written by Kevin Wetmore of Loyola Marymount University, and surveys the volume’s contents, concluding the review as follows: Overall, Religion and Science Fiction is an eclectic, interdisciplinary anthology that [Read More...]


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