The Blogger session at SBL will include two papers, offered by Kimberly Majeski and Jim Linville, to be followed by a panel which will include Chris Keith, Anthony LeDonne, Dan McClellan, and perhaps others (if you are a biblioblogger who will be there, and want to participate, please feel free to get in touch – there have been some cancellations and unexpected conflicts, and so we might have room for one or two more). Here’s the description from the program book:
BLOGGER AND ONLINE PUBLICATIONS
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Room 1 B (Upper level) – San Diego Convention Center (CC)
The session will conclude with a panel of scholars who blog (including Chris Keith and Anthony Le Donne, among others), talking about key moments in the intersection of academic blogging and Biblical studies from recent months. One of the great things about blogging is that it allows discussion of Biblical studies and other academic news over the course of the year. This panel thus makes room for discussion of topics that could not be foreseen when the program was finalized in April. Expect mention of specific topics and panelists on the scholarly blogs prior to November!
James F. McGrath, Butler University, Presiding
Kimberly Majeski, Anderson University (IN)
Biblioblogging: A Bridge for Church and Academy (30 min)
James Linville, University of Lethbridge
May Contain Nuts and B.S. (Biblical Studies): The Politics of Academic Legitimacy Online and the Need to Properly Theorize the Category “@%!#*! Loonie” (30 min)
Other (90 min)
Anthony asked what topics from around the biblioblogosphere ought to be the focus:
James McGrath has invited Chris, James, and I to be part of a panel discussion for the Blogger and Online Publication session at AAR/SBL. I’m not sure if Crossley will show up. He’s sort of the the Axl Rose / Holy Spirit of Jesus studies; you just never know about his blow. Dr. McGrath suggested that we might leave a bit of space to discuss more recent topics. For my part I continue to be fascinated by the many changes to the peer-review process as we biblical scholars learn to navigate and exploit online media. So I might talk a bit about the climate that created Mary Magdalene’s recent paparazzi.
What other recent blogger and online events warrant discussion?
How would you answer? What topics would you want to see the focus of discussion by the panel – whether you will actually be present for the panel or not?
Of related interest, Jim Linville and I are also involved in a session related to academic freedom, in which blogging and the internet are also certain to be to the fore in the discussion at least at times:
METACRITICISM OF BIBLICAL SCHOLARSHIP
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: 410 A (Level 4 (Sapphire)) – Hilton Bayfront (HB)
Theme: Academic Freedom and Biblical Studies
Rebecca Raphael, Texas State University–San Marcos, Presiding
Jim Linville, University of Lethbridge
In Search of the Biblical Flintstones? Some Thoughts on Creationism, Academic Freedom, and Scholarly Obligation(30 min)
Hector Avalos, Iowa State University
Academic Freedom and Creationism in Public Universities (30 min)
James F. McGrath, Butler University
Can University Walls Keep Out the Internet? (30 min)
Christopher Rollston, George Washington University
Freedom of Religion and Academic Freedom: Symphony and Cacophony in Confessional Higher Education (30 min)
Discussion (30 min)