Seminars and Sessions

Program Planning

The CSBS Program Coordinator develops the general program based on thematic or topical clusters of papers. General program sessions are organized by shared focus on biblical books, bodies of literature, time periods, language, or approach.

CSBS also welcomes members to organize sessions in a more coordinated manner in the form of either seminars or special sessions. These are distinguished mainly in terms of the degree of organization, commitment by participants, and period of time involved.

Organizers should consider a blend of established and emerging scholars as well as consider gender balance when planning. Qualified non-members may participate without having to pay for a CSBS membership, but Congress registration fees are required for all presenters.

When more seminars or sessions are proposed than can be accommodated in a given year, the Executive will prioritize those that enable broad member participation as well as have the greatest potential for scholarly impact.

Proposals and/or renewals are approved by the CSBS Executive at their Spring meeting. Proposals renewals must be submitted to the Programme Coordinator no later than April 30. See descriptions below for proposal requirements.


A seminar consists of papers on a specific topic discussed over the course of one or more mornings or afternoons at a series of Annual Meetings. The emphasis is on discussion rather than reading papers. To that end, papers are distributed in advance and summarized at the Annual Meeting. The CSBS supports up to two seminars per year. This is in addition to any seminars jointly sponsored by our religious studies sister societies. Seminars have a 3-year mandate (renewable).

Written proposals and/or renewals must have well-defined goals, including a clear focus and explicit publication plans, and demonstrate the commitment of at least ten CSBS members to ongoing participation. If approved, new and/or renewed seminars will begin at the Annual Meeting the year following approval.

Special Sessions

Special sessions focuses on a specific topic over the course of a morning or afternoon. With the approval of the Executive, an individual member may solicit papers directly from other members and then select and organize the sequence of papers. Proposals may be for one to three years. Special sessions may circulate papers in advance or have publication plans, but these are not requirements as for seminars.

Members interested in organizing a special session should contact the Programme Coordinator to determine fit within the schedule of the year(s) in which the session will run. Formal proposals or renewals must be made in writing and include the names of confirmed participants and preliminary titles of papers. Upon approval, the session organizer is responsible for soliciting papers, organizing their sequence, and submitting final titles and abstracts to the Programme Coordinator. The Executive reserves the right to limit the number of special sessions in any given year.