Monday, January 10, 2011

SBL Meeting Call for Papers Reminder

This is a reminder to submit your proposal for the for the 2011 SBL International Meeting in at King's College in London, 4-8 July, The call for papers closes 31 January.

The program unit "Working with Biblical Manuscripts," which I and Jan Krans chair, has already received several very interesting proposals of papers – there will be at least ten papers, and now I am not counting Peter Head's paper, which will probably be proposed some time on 31 January (and possibly composed in the beginning of July, on the train from Cambridge to London).

Here is the call for papers again:

Papers concentrating on any aspect of textual criticism are welcome, in particular the practical work with manuscripts. Examples of topics: papyrological insights, scribal habits, preservation techniques, technical developments, computer assisted tools, producing critical editions, evaluating the evidence of fathers or versions, discussion of particular passages, social historical studies, new projects, systematic-theological problems, teaching text-criticism in an academic setting, etc.

So go to the SBL site, log in, and make your submission!


  1. Sheesh. Give the poor old walking guy a break.

  2. Ok. Pete. BTW, You know I admire those great presentations which you manage to produce in the last minute. (I did the same in my hotel room in Atanta this year - even with those red circles.)

  3. That is what you call a back-handed compliment!

  4. No, it's not (after looking up what "back-handed compliment" means).

    It was rather a confession that in reality, aside from the teasing, I often do the same thing, i.e., preparing in the last minute, now recently in Atlanta. And you have managed to deliver beautiful presentations, and that is what counts in the end.

  5. Peter, the DofkaU need some care.

  6. Dear Dr Wasserman,
    Given that King's College London has chosen to 'disinvest' in Palaeography and to abolish their unique Chair is there not a particular irony in your decision to hold a session on manuscripts at a conference hosted there? I trust that during your session you may think it fitting to make a comment about the policy of the College, as was done by Dr Melissa Terras at the Digital Humanities Conference at King's this summer.
    For more information you can look at the article by John Morgan in the Times Higher and at the various blogs on the topic by Iain Pears, which present arguments for this cut not really saving money.

  7. Dear anonymous. I agree with you that what has happened is very unfortunate, and I remember signing a protest against that decision. And I think we blogged it here too.

    Actually I don't know if it is proper to call it "a decision" to hold our session at King's College. First, I have nothing to do with the decision to organize the SBL Meeting there. Secondly, what I chair is an SBL International program-unit devoted to "Working with Biblical Manuscripts" which, like every other unit, is supposed to organize sessions wherever the meetings are held annually.

  8. Anonymous, incidentally Joshua D. Sosin Associate Professor, Classical Studies, at Duke University has just informed on the PAPY-list that there will be a training / information session on a newly developed online tool related to the Duke Data Bank of Documentary Papyri
    at King’s College London, 7-10 March 2011.