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A Calendar of Events for Biblical and Religious Studies
Events that are of interest to SBL members may be submitted to Eric McDonnell. Inclusion in the calendar does not constitute an endorsement by SBL of the event. Minor editorial revisions of the event description may be made for stylistic purposes or the sake of brevity. Submissions must include either a website link or email link for more information. We cannot host PDF documents.

October 2023
10/17 Gregory the Great: Why is he Great?
The Pontifical Faculty of Theology at St. Augustine's Seminary presents this talk as part of its Series of Patristic Talks for the 2023-2024 Academic Year. Rev. Brendan Lupton will explore why the Church gave pope Gregory the title "the Great." Online attendance is available for participants not residing in Toronto. Please email Chere MacLean directly at to register.
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10/27–10/28 2023 Holy Spirit Academic Symposium
The Center for the Study of the Work and Ministry of the Holy Spirit Today at Biola University will host an interdisciplinary discussion that aims to traverse the landscapes of the psychological, neurological, spiritual and biblical-theological, culminating in a collective exploration of the Holy Spirit in the healing of the human body. The call for papers closes January 31, 2023.
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November 2023
11/18–11/21 2023 SBL Annual Meeting
Co-hosted by the American Academy of Religion, the SBL Annual Meeting brings together professors and students, authors and publishers, religious leaders and interested laypersons, to its venue each year. This year's meeting will be at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX. Registration is now open.
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December 2023
12/7–12/8 Perceptions of Writing in Papyri: Crossing Close and Distant Readings Online Conference
This online conference will analyze how digital culture has changed the perceptions of writing styles in papyri. Studies conducted by modern scholars have always been the main way of evaluating papyri, determining their dates and content. We will evaluate the current ways scholars view the aesthetics of papyri in a world where close and distant readings are intersecting more every day. Please submit paper proposals of ca. 300 words by April 30, 2023, to and
12/31 Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World CFP Closes
The Fifteenth Conference on Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World will take place in Ada, Ohio (US) from June 26–30, 2024. The theme for the conference is “Special Grammar.” Albert Lord used the phrase “special grammar” to refer to the verbal art used by South Slavic guslari, Homeric bards, and other performers of oral traditions and he asserted that this special grammar was an adaptation of practices in everyday conversation (Lord, Singer of Tales, 35-36). Papers in response to this theme are invited on topics related to the ancient Mediterranean world or, for comparative purposes, other times, places, and cultures. Papers should be 20 minutes in length. Anonymous abstracts of up to 350 words (not including bibliography) should be submitted as Word files by 31 December 2023. Please send abstracts to:


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