January 29 2020

2016 Rocky Mountain–Great Plains Region Call for Papers

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2016 Rocky Mountain–Great Plains Regional Meeting

Iliff School of Theology
Denver, Colorado
April 1–2, 2016

2016 Call for Papers

Call for Papers

The Regional Program Committee cordially invites you to submit proposals for papers and panels to be presented at the 2016 Regional Meeting in Denver, Colorado. The deadline for submissions is November 2 November 14, 2015.

Proposal Requirements

Because the committee receives a number of proposals in a wide variety of approaches we would ask that each proposal include the following:

  • an abstract, no more than 300 words
  • the specific subject with enough detail that the subject is quickly and easily discerned
  • the general methodology the presenter will use to discuss the subject
  • the significance of the subject within the greater field of interest

The proposal should be sent as an e-mail attachment in MS Word format to Ron Simkins at rsmkns@creighton.edu. Please be sure to include reliable contact information. If you require technological support for your presentation (such as Internet connection, or audio and projection equipment), please request it with your proposal. Proposals are welcome in all areas of religious and biblical studies and Near Eastern studies.

In addition to traditional academic paper proposals, the committee especially invites proposals for panels, in which the participants will address issues and topics of interest to members of the region, which would not ordinarily be addressed at the national annual meeting. Such panels might address teaching issues, concerns of the profession, current trends in the profession, or other topics of interest.

Graduate Student Paper Awards: Graduate students are encouraged to submit proposals. There will be awards for the best AAR and SBL student papers. The awards are presented during the luncheon on Saturday and carry a stipend of $100 each. To be considered for the award, a student must submit a copy of the completed paper (as an e-mail attachment in MS Word format), along with an abstract, by November 2, 2015 (papers not chosen for an award will be considered for the program). The paper should be no longer than the length of a 20-minute presentation, i.e., 10–12 pages double-spaced.

Regional Scholars Award: The SBL offers a Regional Scholars award ($1000 plus national recognition as a Regional Scholar) for an outstanding paper presented at the regional meeting by a PhD candidate or recent PhD (four years or fewer) who is a member of the SBL. If you are interested in competing in the Regional Scholars competition, you must indicate so with your paper proposal. See: http://www.sblsite.org/assets/pdfs/RegionalScholarAwardProgramPolicyforPublicView_2009.pdf.

Program Committee

All members of the AAR/SBL Rocky Mountain–Great Plains Region who are willing to serve on the Program Committee and review proposals are asked to notify Ron Simkins, Regional President, at rsmkns@creighton.edu by November 2, 2015. It is hoped that at least one faculty person from each of the participating schools in the region will serve on the Program Committee. Details on the program committee proposal review process will be emailed to those who self-identify by the deadline.