TO FULL MEMBERS OF THE CATHOLIC BIBLICAL ASSOCIATION:
The Eightieth International Meeting of the Catholic Biblical Association will be held at The Catholic University of America, August 5-8, 2017 (Saturday-Tuesday). For those wishing to stay on campus the cost of rooms will be $50 per night for a single suite/apartment room or $40 per night for a double occupancy suite/apartment room, plus a 14.5% DC room tax. For those staying on campus, there also will be a one-time fee of $30 to cover linens (towels, sheets, pillow, and blanket). Campus suite/apartment rooms are available at the same rate for those wishing to arrive early (Thursday or Friday). A basic 9 meal package (Saturday dinner – Tuesday lunch, including breakfast) will cost approximately $115. Other meal options will be available. The registration fee which covers materials, breaks, socials, etc. is estimated at $140. There is free Wi-Fi available on campus. For those wishing to stay at a hotel, there are several options suggested on the CUA website. Additional details and information on registration will be sent later and posted to the CBA website (http://catholicbiblical.org/).
All dues paying Full Members (formerly known as "Active Members") willing to establish Continuing Seminars or Roundtables are requested to submit an application no later than Friday, March 10, 2017 to:
- Full name (as it should appear on the program, i.e., no nick-names),
- Short title for report - no more than 55 characters
- Abstract - no more than 100 words (following the conventions of CBQ)
If the paper is accepted for the program, the summary will be included in the booklet for distribution to those attending the 2017 meeting. Preference will be given to prompt submissions and consideration will be given to create a balance between OT and NT presentations.
A Continuing Seminar is so called because it 'continues' to convene on each day of the meeting. A Continuing Seminar may be established for one year or may continue for additional years. It is also possible for a Continuing Seminar to develop into a Task Force (see below).
Seminars are normally convened by one or two individuals who arrange to have paper presenters or provide other materials for discussion. CBA members will be invited to register for a Continuing Seminar of their choice through the CBA website at a later date. Materials that will be used for that year's Continuing Seminar (such as papers, bibliographies, and outlines) will be made available through the CBA website or by some other means to those members who have signed up for the seminar.
A New Continuing Seminar on the Epistle to the Hebrews is being convened by Kevin McCruden (Gonzaga U) and Angela Kim Harkins (BC STM). At the Santa Clara Meeting, this Continuing Seminar will discuss papers presented by Harry Attridge, Scott Mackie, Alan Mitchell, and Tom Tobin, SJ. We will also reserve one day for a book discussion.
This year the Program Committee offers a new format for a group to meet on two afternoons (Sunday and Monday), during the time of Research Reports. The Round Table is an opportunity to explore an important topic, issue, new form of criticism, or even a particularly important new scholarly work. Ideally it would be led by two members of the association, and would meet for one year. However, if sufficient interest is manifest it may be proposed as a Continuing Seminar in the following year. Examples of appropriate topics would be: “Reflection on the Vocation of a Biblical Scholar” or “The Translating Alterity Project of the Nida Institute.”
The Round Table will not involve a presentation taking more than a third of the time allotted. It is important that the session involve serious give and take of discussion.
The purposes of trying this new format include:
- responding to members’ expressed concern for more diversity in terms of content with opportunities for exploration of topics that may extend beyond an exegetical focus and include pastoral and pedagogical concerns or other pertinent topics;
- encouraging a greater investment in the annual meeting by CBA members by allowing them to propose a range of topics that interest them; and
- encouraging creativity and exploration of timely issues by affording members an initial foray into a topic that may prove generative.
N.B. The deadline for proposals for Research Reports and Round Tables, as well as any new Continuing Seminars or Task Forces is Friday, March 10, 2017.
- Details of the program will be posted on the CBA web page at http://catholicbiblical.org/ and published in the CBA Newsletter as they become available.
- Looking Ahead: We need to locate a venue for the 2019 (West Coast) Annual General Meeting for CBA.
The preferred dates are Saturday, August 4 – Tuesday, August 7.