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...]

Religion and Science Fiction AAR CFP

The American Academy of Religion has issued the call for papers for the 2012 Annual Meeting in Chicago. Religion and Science Fiction has been approved for status as a Group, and so here is the core of the call for papers for that area. Click through for further information or to submit a proposal. Religion [Read More...]

Cylon Resurrection and More from the Last Day #AARSBL #SBLAAR

If you didn’t get a copy of Religion and Science Fiction at AAR/SBL, one of the people you can blame is Jim Linville, who apparently was one of those who snatched up a copy. But when it inspired him to make this LOLcat image, I don’t think anyone can be mad at him, or indeed [Read More...]

Religion and Science Fiction Sold Out at #AARSBL #SBLAAR

Religion and Science Fiction sold out at the AAR/SBL conference, and so the publisher has decided to make the conference discount of 40% off available to anyone who contacts the publisher and indicates that they would have liked to have purchased it with the conference discount but could not because it sold out. I asked, [Read More...]

In San Francisco at AAR/SBL

I’ve made it to San Francisco for the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature conferences. I got to my hotel at 2am local time. I’ve already reconnected with good friends, and am looking forward to the bibliobloggers’ dinner tonight! Here’s the view from my hotel room: [Read more...]

The Bibliobloggers’ Dinner at SBL/AAR

Thanks for Bob Cargill, the time and place for the bibliobloggers’ dinner at SBL has been set: Saturday, November 19, 2011 from 7PM to 9PM, right after the Blogger section. It will be held here: The Press Club 20 Yerba Buena Lane San Francisco, CA 94103 (415) 744-5000 Map: http://g.co/maps/tajxz http://www.pressclubsf.com/ I still think that [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Sensorites

The episode “The Sensorites” is the first episode in Doctor Who characterized by a plot device that would come to characterize the show, and science fiction more generally: an encounter with aliens who seem scary, grotesque and hostile, and turn out to be something else altogether. The travelers land on a spaceship, the crew of [Read More...]


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