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SBL e-Newsletter
January 27, 2011 e-newsletter

In this Issue

Student Participation Policies

The Executive Committee of Council met on 12 January 2011 to discuss concerns over the recent policies regarding student participation in the Society’s Annual Meeting. The policies that were announced in November 2010 required all students without a doctoral degree to submit to the Program Unit Chair the full text of the paper they intended to read and limited the number of sessions student can participate in (as panelist, presenter, and respondent) to one.

The action taken by the Executive Committee of Council, effective immediately, is to postpone the implementation of these policies and to undertake additional discussion of these matters at the Spring 2011 Council meeting. This action thereby removes these requirements and restrictions until 2012, pending further review.

Members are encouraged to continue to make their views known to the Student Advisory Board and the On-campus Student Representatives. SAB will provide a report directly to Council in April.

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Regional Meetings Visit the SBL regions webpage to find more information on how you can participate in the meeting in your area. Information on when and where the meeting will occur is located on this page.

International Meeting Less than one week remains to submit your paper proposal for the London meeting July 4-8. Don’t forget to submit by January 31! Registration will open in February.

Annual Meeting Call for Papers is open

Make plans to join Annual Meetings 2011 San Francisco, the concurrent annual meetings of SBL and AAR, November 19-22. Sessions and events will be held at Moscone West, part of the Moscone Center convention facility, and six hotels in the Union Square area. We anticipate online conference registration and housing reservations will be available mid-February—we are working to create a new database for the expanded meeting and appreciate your patience. SBL will still offer the popular Super Saver rate for early registrants!
We are excited to offer walking and bus tours of sights and museums in San Francisco, a huge book exhibit hall, and child care for those who attend the meeting with young family members. All will be available on the website when registration opens. SBL members will be notified by email as soon as registration is available online.

The KJV at 400: Assessing its Genius as Bible Translation and Its Literary Influence Following a very successful and well-attended symposium at the 2010 Annual Meeting, SBL and the Nida Institute for Biblical Scholarship at the American Bible Society continue their King James Bible anniversary plans with symposia at the 2011 SBL International Meeting in London, UK (Jul 4-8) and the 2011 SBL Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA (Nov 19-22). The overall theme for the series of symposia is The KJV at 400: Assessing its Genius as Bible Translation and Its Literary Influence, and the list of participants includes former SBL Presidents as well as widely recognized authorities in translation, postcolonial studies, Hebrew Bible, New Testament, Renaissance literature, literary criticism, and more.

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Membership News

Optional Profile Winners:
Every month, we randomly select two members from the pool of those who have filled out the Optional Profile for a free one-year membership. The January 2011 winners are:

• Roger L. Beck
• Frances Mansen

As our privacy policy indicates, we will never divulge information from your profile to a third party. Thank you to all of you who have supplied this optional data. If you have not yet filled in the information (or you would like to update it), you may do so by logging into our website with your SBL Member number and going to the “my profile” tab, which will appear on the left hand side of the screen in the box where you logged in. While you are filling out the Optional Profile, please make sure all of your profile information is up to date!

Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award:
Congratulations to Professor Musa Dube, Associate Professor at the University of Botswana, who has been elected to receive a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Humboldt Foundation.

Scientists and scholars, internationally renowned in their field, who completed their doctorates less than 18 years ago and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements that will have a seminal influence on their discipline beyond their immediate field of work, are eligible to be nominated by established German academics for the award. Award winners are honored for their outstanding research record, granted a monetary award, and invited to spend a period of up to one year cooperating on a long-term research project with specialist colleagues at a research institution in Germany.

Musa Dube’s research and writing is focused on postcolonial feminist interpretations of the Bible. She has contributed much to the study of religion through her teaching in the academy as well as through serving as an HIV/AIDS and theological consultant for churches and theological institutions of Africa, training theological lecturers and church leaders to mainstream HIV/AIDS and gender issues in their programs. A long-time member of SBL, Prof. Dube has served on the editorial board of Semeia and as Program Unit Chair of the African Biblical Hermeneutics Section. She also edited the volume Other Ways of Reading: African Women and the Bible, a co-publication of SBL and the World Council of Churches.

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Journal of Biblical Literature

The deadline for subscribing to the Journal of Biblical Literature in time to receive the Spring issue (130:1) is February 15, 2011 We need to receive your subscription by February 14, 2011 to insure that you will receive your copy. You can renew online at , download the subscription form here, or contact our membership and subscription services department at or call us at 866-727-9955 (toll free within the US) or 404-727-9498.

International Cooperative Initiative News

Read how one SBL member is taking advantage of the ICI Scholarly Exchange program to bring international scholars into her classroom. 

"...Three biblical scholars from outside of North America who are participants in the ICI program and willing to teach via electronic media were especially important in providing my students with an international perspective and, I think, expanding my students’ horizons vis-à-vis the Bible. Thanks to the ICI program and videoconferencing, my students were able to meet and learn from Milton Acosta, Professor of Bible and Theology at the Fundación Universitaria Seminario Biblico in Medellin, Colombia, Christo Lombaard, Professor of Christian Spirituality of the University of South Africa in Pretoria, and Prof. Revelation Velunta, Professor of New Testament and Cultural Studies at Union Theological Seminary, Dasmarinas, Cavite, Philippines. Students at St. Edward’s University benefited from the presentations of Profs. Acosta, Lombaard, and Velunta, as each commands different areas of expertise within biblical studies. At the same time, these biblical scholars are masterful teachers who also brought new vistas to my students and their encounter with the Bible."

How Videoconferencing with International Scholars Can Enliven Your Classroom 
By Kelley N. Coblentz - Bautch

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February 2011
2/11-2/13 SBL Midwest Regional Meeting
at Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Illinois
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2/12 The North American Conference on Afroasiatic Linguistics (NACAL 39)
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2/14- 2/15 Isaiah and Empire
A European Association of Biblical Studies colloquium will be held in Auckland, New Zealand. This colloquium (sponsored by Laidlaw-Carey Graduate School in Auckland, New Zealand) will explore cultural and theological implications of aspects of the book of Isaiah in the context of empire
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2/15 Deadline for EABS Paper Proposals
The Annual Meeting of the European Association of Biblical Studies (EABS) will be held in Thessaloniki, Greece August 8-11, 2011
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March 2011
3/1 Application Deadline to Nida School for Translation Studies
The 2011 Theme: Translation and Ideology. 2011 School will be held May 16–28, 2011 in Misano Adriatico, Italy
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3/4- 3/6 SBL Southwestern Regional Meeting
Marriott Hotel DFW North, Dallas, Texas
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3/4- 3/6 SBL Southeastern Regional Meeting
The Gault House, Louisville, Kentucky
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3/11- 3/14 Annual Meeting of the American Oriental Society
Held in Chicago, Illinois at the Renaissance Chicago Hotel
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3/15 Deadline to the the new summer program for the study of Jewish-Christian encounters at Tel Aviv University
The program is a 6- week English language program, designed for students (in the process of an advanced degree such as M.A., M.Div., M.A.R, Ph.D., etc.) in ancient Judaism and early Christianity. The program will provide students with basic scholarly skills in the Hebrew language and an introduction to the foundational rabbinic texts and to their manner of interacting with early Christian texts. It will expose them to current scholarship and to leading Israeli scholars in these fields, as well as to various archeological sites.
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3/17- 3/18 SBL Mid Atlantic Regional Meeting
Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
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3/18- 3/19 SBL Rocky Mountains-Great Plains Regional Meeting
Illiff School of Theology, Denver, Colorado
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3/20- 3/21 SBL Central States Regional Meeting
St. Louis Marriott West, St. Louis, Missouri
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3/24- 3/25 God’s Word in English: The King James Version as Translation
To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible, SIG VERBI, an international research group of CETRA under the auspices of the faculties of Theology and Arts of the K.U.Leuven and the Department of Translation Studies of the Lessius University College (Antwerp), is holding a conference. The conference fits into the events to commemorate the Protestant and Catholic Reformations, organized by Refo500, of which the K.U.Leuven is a project partner. The aim of the conference is to present research on this remarkable version of the Bible primarily from the perspective of translation, including the effects this piece of translation have exercised on various areas of religious and popular culture, and especially on the theory and practice of translation.
Deadline for abstracts: 30 November 2010 (Please submit abstracts to Dr. Gergely Juhász
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3/27-3/28 SBL Pacific Coast Regional Meeting, Whittier College,Whittier, California
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3/31- 4/1 SBL Eastern Great Lakes Regional Meeting
Quality Inn & Suites, Richfield, Ohio
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