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Call For Papers

The Calls For Papers are ordered by Call for Papers Deadline
September | May | March | February | January | December 2013 | November 2013 | October 2013 |

September 2014

The Joukowsky Institute Competition for Accessible Archaeological Writing

Call for Papers Deadline: September 1, 2014
E-mail Submission:

May 2014

The Gruyter Prize for Biblical Studies and Reception History 2014 Award

Call for Papers Deadline: May 2014
Institution: Society for Biblical Literature

March 2014

Evil in Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity 23rd

Call for Papers Deadline: Tuesday 1st April
Conference Date: 24th May 2014
Location: St Mary's University - London
E-mail Submission:

Call for submissions for the Walter de Gruyter Prize for Biblical Studies and Reception History 2014 Award
SBL 2014 Annual Meeting- Call for Papers

Call for Papers Deadline: until 5 March 2014
2014 Program Units List:

In partnership with the Society for Biblical Literature, De Gruyter has established the "Prize for Biblical Studies and Reception History" to support biblical scholars at the early stages of their careers. De Gruyter will support this award with an annual cash prize of $1,500 for the best recent (last two calendar years) unpublished dissertation or first monograph in biblical studies, with special attention to submissions in the field of reception history. Winning manuscripts will be published in appropriate De Gruyter book series or, if no appropriate series exists, as stand-alone titles.

'Greek Philosophy and the Wisdom of the East: Perception and Reality' of Melammu Symposia 8

Call for Papers Deadline: 1 March 2014
Conference Date: 11-15 November 2014
Location: University of Kiel
E-mail Submission:

The Melammu Project investigates the continuity, transformation and diffusion of Mesopotamian and Ancient Near Eastern culture from the third millennium BCE through the ancient world until Islamic times. It organizes regular symposia on aspects related to this general subject, the next of which, Melammu Symposia 8, will take place in Kiel in October 2014. For more information, see

We herewith invite proposals for papers and posters by PhD students and Postdocs for the Young Researchers Session of Melammu Symposia 8. The session is entitled 'Greek Philosophy and the Wisdom of the East: Perception and Reality' and will be organized by Sebastian Fink and Erik van Dongen. (Note that this call concerns only this one session, NOT the conference as a whole.) As we had many great contributions by young researchers in the paper and poster sessions of last November's Melammu Symposia 7 (, we decided to have one session in Kiel (and also in Helsinki in 2015), separate from the main conference theme, that is for young researchers only. Preceded by an introduction and closed off by a response, the session will feature five twenty-minutes papers, and will be accompanied by five posters on related topics in one of the meeting's poster sessions. Two of these poster presenters will be asked to prepare a backup-paper in case someone from the section is not able to come. These two people as well as the others presenting a paper will also be invited to contribute to the conference proceedings. Please note that the conference language is English only.

In accordance with the scope of the Melammu Project, we invite researchers from all possibly relevant disciplines (not just Assyriologists!), including philosophy, history, Assyriology, Egyptology, Classics, Old Testament studies, Islam studies, etc. For inspiration, here is a list with examples of possible topics:

No Philosophy in Mesopotamia? Mesopotamian, Indian and Persian Philosophers in Greek texts Plato and the Orient The Divine in Greek and Eastern Texts Ideas of Causation in Mesopotamia Arguing in Greece and Mesopotamia

Please send abstracts of max. 300 words to at by 1 March 2014. Results will be announced by 1 April. Although the conference organizers are looking into possibilities to help out with accommodation and travel costs, at this stage it is probably best to assume that participants will have to find funding for most of the costs by themselves.

February 2014

Ancient Readers & Their Scriptures: The Texts, Reading Strategies, and the Versions of the Hebrew Bible in Second Temple and Early Judaism

Call for Papers Deadline: 1 February 2014.
Conference Date: 2-3 June 2014
Institution: St Andrews
E-mail Submission: and

ASOR 2014 (San Diego)

Call for Papers Deadline: February 15, 2014
Conference Date:19-22 Nov. 2014
Location: San Diego

"Money and Cult" The Role of the Temple in the Ancient Economy

Call for Papers Deadline: by 28 February 2014
Conference Date: 23 - 25 May 2014
Institution: The Irish Society for the Study of the Ancient Near East
Location: Dublin, Ireland
E-mail Submission:

As major social and administrative institutions, often with substantial assets, temples played an important role within the economies of the Ancient Near East. Not only were resources diverted to them for building and cultic use, but many temples also played a role in the creation of wealth and the employment of various strata of society, from priests to scribes to slaves. Similarly, kings both patronised temples and used them as convenient sources of revenue. The interactions between religious needs and economic practicalities were complex and varied significantly over time and location. We therefore invite papers which examine the intertwined roles of cult and economy in the Ancient Near East.

Papers which explore a wide-range of economic aspects of temple cults or the cultic ramifications of economic realities are expected. Appropriate topics include building programmes, educational programmes, sacrificial economies, trade in cultic paraphernalia, systems of tithing and temple taxation, and the relationship of priests to royal administrations. We are also interested in the relationships between temples, such as the temples in Jerusalem, Elephantine, Leontopolis, and on Mount Gerizim (and elsewhere), and how much their interaction may have been aided or hindered by economic aspects.

Depending on received submissions, sessions will be structured in chronological order with the days divided as follows:
Friday, 23 May 2014: Early First Millennium (to the Neo-Babylonian Period)
Saturday, 24 May 2014: From the Persian to the Seleucid Era
Sunday, 25 May 2014: Roman Period (from the reign of Herod the Great to the end of the Bar Kokhba Rebellion)
We invite abstracts of no more than 500 words to reach us by email at by 28 February 2014.

Please note, presentation of papers at this conference will be 40 minutes within a one-hour slot, allowing time for ample discussion after each paper.

January 2014

The History of the Caves of Qumran

Call for Papers Deadline: The deadline for the submission is the 10th of January 2014
Conference Date: February 19, 2014
Location: Lugano-Italy

Sixth Graduate Symposium

Call for Papers Deadline: January 15th, 2013
Conference Date: April 11-13, 2014
Institution: EABS
Location: Thessaloniki, Greece
E-mail Submission:

David Noel Freedman Award for Excellence and Creativity in Hebrew Bible Scholarship

Call for Papers Deadline: 10 January 2014
E-mail Submission:

The St Andrews Symposium for Biblical and Early Christian Studies

Subject: Ancient Readers & Their Scriptures: The Texts, Reading Strategies, and the Versions of the Hebrew Bible in Second Temple and Early Judaism
Call for Papers Deadline: January 2014
Symposium Date: 2-3 June 2014
E-mail Submission: or

December 2013

The Fifth Enoch Graduate Seminar

Call for Papers Deadline: by December 15, 2013
Conference Date: from May 20 to 23, 2014
Location: Canada
E-mail Submission:

The Fifth Enoch Graduate Seminar, chaired by Lorenzo DiTommaso and Gerbern S. Oegema, will be hosted by Concordia University and McGill University in Montreal, Canada, from May 20 to 23, 2014. The two universities are located in the downtown core of the city, about eight blocks from each other under the famous Mount Royal. Ph.D. students and post-doctoral researchers working in all fields of Second Temple Judaism and Christian Origins are invited to participate and present papers. Papers proposals in English or French (500-1000 words) from all fields of Second Temple Judaism (Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Dead Sea Scrolls, Christian Origins, Jewish-Hellenistic literature, etc.) should be submitted to the Seminar secretary, Dr. Isaac W. Oliver, by December 15, 2013. Completed papers of 6000-10000 words should be submitted by the end of March 2014, to be distributed in advance among the invited Seminar participants.

A number of new features will make the Fifth Enoch Graduate Seminar a unique experience. First, the meeting is bilingual, and we expect to have one session of papers composed in French (translators will be on site for the discussions if needed). Second, several invited speakers including Gabriele Boccaccini, James H. Charlesworth, Andr? Gagn?, Pierluigi Piovanelli, and Loren Stuckenbruck will deliver plenary lectures on topics of special interest. Third, revised versions of the best papers will be collected and published in the T&T Clark series "Jewish and Christian Texts in Contexts." Finally, a portion of the travel and lodging expenses for Seminar participants will be covered. For further information and application, please contact Dr. Oliver (


Call for Papers Deadline: no later than December 31, 2013
Conference Date: March 9, 2014
Institution: The William F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research
E-mail Submission:

The William F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem announces the 2014 Sean W. Dever Memorial Prize call for papers. This prize provides $650 for the best published article or paper presented at a conference by a Ph.D. candidate in Syro-Palestinian or biblical archaeology. Authors may be of any nationality but the article or paper must be in English. Co-written or co-presented pieces may be submitted if all the authors or presenters are doctoral candidates; the prize, if awarded, will be divided equally among authors/presenters.

All submissions (in PDF format only) must include the author's academic affiliation, mailing address, email address, and phone number. Please indicate the department in which the author is enrolled and the expected date of graduation. Submission of conference papers must include the name and location of the conference and the date on which the paper was presented. Submission of published papers must include the full bibliographic citation. All submissions must be received no later than December 31, 2013. The prize will be announced on Sean's birthday, March 9, 2014.

Send PDF of paper to: Mr. Sam Cardillo, W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research

Sean W. Dever Memorial Prize Committee: Carol Meyers and Beth Alpert Nakhai, co-chairs; Edward Greenstein and Peter Machinist, members; Sharon Herbert and Seymour Gitin, ex-officio; Norma Dever, honorary member.

2013 Prize Recipients: Heather Dana Davis Parker (Department of Near Eastern Studies at The Johns Hopkins University) and Ashley Fiutko Arico (Department of Near Eastern Studies at The Johns Hopkins University). Their paper, "A Moabite-Inscribed Statue Fragment from Kerak: Possible Egyptian Parallels," was presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research and at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, both in San Francisco.


November 2013

New Research on Hebrew Language and Culture

Call for Papers Deadline: 15th November 2013
Conference Date: 27 - 29 January 2014
Institution: The New Department of Hebrew at the University of the Free State
Location: Bleomfontein, South Africa
E-mail Submission: Lier

The New Department of Hebrew at the University of the Free State (Bleomfontein, South Africa) is organizing an International Conference on New Research in Hebrew Language and Culture, 27 - 29 January 2014

The conference will deal with a variety of topics, including:
Hebrew Language and Culture in Africa
The Bible and its Commentaries
Ancient and Modern Translations of the Bible (especially in Africa)
Linguistic Approaches to Hebrew
Comparative and Typological Approaches to Hebrew
Rabbinical Literature
Philosophical Sources in Hebrew
Comparative Study of Hebrew Language, Literature and Religion
Hebrew Language and Science
Hebrew Language and Politics
Hebrew Language and Law

Papers on additional themes related to Hebrew will also be eligible.

Paper proposals for 25 minute talks related to the conference themes should be sent by 15th November 2013. The primary and preferred language of the conference is English. Papers in Hebrew may be accepted provided that the full text in English is supplied for conference participants.
Abstracts [in English or Hebrew] should be emailed to Dr Gudrun Lier

Remixing Religion: New Models for the Study of Religious Synthesis

Call for Papers Deadline: November 27, 2013
Conference Date: April 4-6, 2014
Location: The University of Texas at Austin
E-mail Submission:

October 2013

West Semitic Research Application Deadline-CFP

Call for Papers Deadline: 15 October 2013
Conference Date:
Location: The University of Southern California
E-mail Submission: or

The University of Southern California 's West Semitic Research Project ( has finished training the third round of applicants for training in Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and is looking for another round of applicants.

USC'S TRAINING Program is for scholars, conservators, library and museum professionals, archivists and researchers. Participants are trained in the use of Reflectance Transformation imaging (RTI) for documenting ancient texts and artifacts, including the loan of imaging equipment.The objective of this project is to develop an infrastructure for training scholars in the use of RTI technology and subsequently to lend the necessary imaging equipment to participants in the training program so they can do an initial RTI documentation project either in field environments (archaeological sites, etc.) or in libraries, museums and/or other similar venues, worldwide (for examples of RTI images see this video.

This initial undertaking should be understood to be a pilot project that can develop into an ongoing, broader documentary effort and preferably may also serve as the catalyst for establishing a scholarly network consortium for image documentation of a given corpus (or corpora) of ancient texts and/or artifacts. All equipment to be lent out is both rugged and compact and is thus ideal for doing sophisticated imaging in remote locations. Twenty awards over three years (approximately seven per year) for traineeships will be provided based on the merit and intrinsic importance of a proposed pilot imaging project as well as the appropriateness of the subject matter for RTI imaging.

The Leonardo Museum Conference on the Dead Sea Scrolls:
"The Prophetic Voice at Qumran and Contemporary Communities"

Call for Papers Deadline: 7 October 2013
Conference Date: April 11-12, 2014
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
E-mail Submission:

The Leonardo Museum in downtown Salt Lake City has been chosen to host a major exhibit on the Dead Sea Scrolls entitled, "Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Biblical Times," November 22, 2013 - April 27, 2014.

In connection with the conclusion of the exhibit, the museum is hosting an academic conference, "The Prophetic Voice at Qumran and Contemporary Communities." We are please to announce that professors Emanuel Tov, Eugene Ulrich, and James VanderKam have accepted our invitation to participate, and will be our keynote presenters.

We announce a call for paper or presentation proposals that address the theme expressed in the conference title. Topics may include the nature of prophecy at Qumran, the interpretation of prophecy at Qumran, the identification and status of Jewish prophets at that time, the authoritative prophetic voice at Qumran compared to contemporary communities or groups, text-critical issues regarding prophetic texts, and so forth.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Religious Studies Center and the Evans Professor of Religious Understanding at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. We plan to publish the conference proceedings.

Proposals for papers and presentations may be submitted until 7 October to Professor Dana M. Pike at BYU's Religious Studies Center at the following email address: (please put DSS Conference in the subject line)

Material Philology and the Dead Sea Scrolls:
New Approaches for New Text Editions

Call for Papers Deadline: September 1st 2013
Conference Date: April 3-5, 2014
Location: University of Copenhagen, Denmark
E-mail Submission: or
For more information click here


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