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AAR/SBL Meeting App now available

Again, many of those reading this will have already received the email, but if you are attending this year’s AAR/SBL shindig you will now have an app to help you through the Days of Awe(some). Big plus: The iOS app is for either iPad or iPhone. (I have not tested it yet. A little busy around here right now.) Dear Colleague: At the Annual Meetings 2011 San Francisco, the Society of Biblical Literature and American Academy […]

HarperCollins eBook Promotion

Most of my readers have already seen this announcement, but it is worth sharing widely. I have purchased several of these myself. They are available in almost all eBook formats: iBookstore, Kindle, Google, Nook, and Kobo. To celebrate the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature’s annual conference in HarperOne’s hometown of San Francisco—we’ve put together a special eBook promotion. So, load up on your reading for the plane! Even if you can’t attend the conference, you […]

Technology at SBL 2011

I am sure most of you going to SBL received the update email regarding the conference. I was pleased to see this note about SBL’s efforts to make the conference more technologically convenient. Technology at the Meeting Our Mobile Meeting Guide will debut in November. You will be recieving an email with instructions. The mobile app will contain: the entire event program, including both SBL and AAR program units and special sessions exhibitor information, including an […]

SBL Aramaic Studies Session Finalized!

I had not posted this earlier because we had a few kinks to sort out, but the, not one but TWO, Aramaic Studies Sessions for SBL 2011 are now scheduled! S21-203 Aramaic Studies 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM 11/21/2011 Room TBD Christian Brady, Pennsylvania State University, Presiding Aaron Koller, Yeshiva University Jewish Aramaic literature of Achaemenid times (20 min) Discussion (10 min) Adam C. McCollum, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library Towards a Typology of Translation Technique […]

Founder and CEO of to speak at SBL

I am very pleased to announce that Richard Price, DPhil (Oxon) will be speaking at the Blogging and Online Publication session at SBL this fall. I had the chance to have a cuppa with Richard last fall in SF and he is a wonderful young philosopher who also has a keen sense of what is happening in the wired world. If you are not familar with it is somewhat like Facebook for academics. They […]

SBL Scholarship and Technology Advisory Board formed

I am very pleased to announce that the Society of Biblical Literature has formed a new advisory board, and one with a great acronym. STAB, the Scholarship and Technology Advisory Board, will have its inaugural meeting at this year’s SBL meeting. The board will consist of the following individuals, most of whom are probably well known to the biblioblogging community. Bob Cargill Jim Davila April DeConick Tim Bulkeley Chuck Jones SBL staff members: Missy Colee […]

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How To Get Tenure: Dos and Don’ts

Sean Caroll, “a Cal Tech physicist denied tenure a few years back at Chicago” wrote a guide: How To Get Tenure at a Major Research University | Cosmic Variance | Discover Magazine. His field is not mine (or likely that of those reading this blog) but you should read his whole post because it has very relevant material and suggestions. I will provide just a couple here, with a few comments of my own. The first […]

SBL Paper on Social Media

I have been asked by the good folks from SBL’s Student Advisory Board to present a paper/lead a discussion on how graduate students and recent PhD’s can best use social media (and what to avoid). I wonder what you think of this for a title and abstract? “On the Internet no one knows you’re a grad student.” Or how social media can help you, build you up, and tear you down. I will consider how […]

Thinking more broadly about technology and biblical studies

You may have read my “modest proposal for assessing digital biblical studies.” My focus there was on issues relating primarily to promotion and tenure, the coin of the realm for academia, and how we as a discipline can properly assess and present the emerging digital production for P&T committees. Technology is impacting our field in far more ways than simply blogs and online journals. Think about everything from our desire to have free (or affordable) […]

SBL paper submission deadline extended to March 4

Good news procrastinators! Charlie Haws sent an email announcing that due to a system problem the submission deadline has been extended. Don’t forget Aramaic Studies! Dear Colleague, The call for papers deadline for the 2011 SBL Annual Meeting has been extended through Friday, March 4. The proposal system will be unavailable as of midnight Eastern Standard Time on that day.   Simply log-in to the SBL website with your Member ID, navigate to the call for papers page, […]