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AAR and SBL recommendations

I am attending the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) meetings in Chicago Nov 16-20. I have put the sessions I am going to attend in Microsoft Word or PDF files below.

Download AAR & SBL session recommendations 2012 - Andy Rowell - Microsoft Word document

Download AAR & SBL session recommendations 2012 - Andy Rowell - PDF document

I look forward to seeing some of you there!



See also the recommendations of

See also from Anthony Le Donne’s blog:

See also the conference advice I first wrote up after going to my first SBL meeting in 2005.

See also advice from 2008-2009:

Below are some highlights for 2012 from me including some events not on the program:








Karl Barth Society of North America

Theme: Karl Barth Society of North America

Friday - 3:15 PM-6:15 PM

McCormick Place East-258

Katherine Sonderegger, Virginia Theological Seminary

The Attributes of God

Paul Dafydd Jones, University of Virginia

Divine and Human Patience




Not on the AAR or SBL programs:

Theology Studio reception Friday night Nov 16th at 7:30-10:00 pm Grace Episcopal Church. (637 South Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60605). The Theology Studio is a Facebook group for academic theology. You can join or I can invite you. Here is the link to the group. Here is the link to the event. The invitation reads “On Friday, November 16th, at 7:30PM, we'll be hosting a reception at Chicago's Grace Episcopal Church, just a few blocks from the convention centre and the AAR Annual Meeting hotels. Come discuss the future of systematic theology with Sarah Coakley, Stephen Fowl, and lots of others. Seriously, come. Because it's likely to be the most interesting thing that's ever happened at an AAR.” If you haven't joined, join or just come.




Not on the AAR or SBL programs:

Nov 16, 7pm-9pm, Hilton Chicago: Scot McKnight presents on kingdom and church; N.T. Wright responds. Public event and free. Waldorf room at Hilton.








Karl Barth Society of North America

Theme: Karl Barth Society of North America

Saturday - 9:15 AM-12:15 PM

McCormick Place West-183A

David Haddorff, Saint John's University

Christian Ethics as Witness: Barth's Ethics for a World at Risk (Wipf and Stock, 2011).

Gerald P. McKenny, University of Notre Dame

The Analogy of Grace: Karl Barth's Moral Theology (Oxford University Press, 2010)




Not on the AAR or SBL programs:

There will be a panel about McClendon's work on Saturday November 17 from 9:00-11:30 pm in Chicago at the McCormick Place Convention Center / Room W183C. Panelists include Terrance Tilley (Fordham University), Kimlyn Bender (Baylor University), and Jacob Goodson (William and Mary). Moderator: Curtis Freeman in honor of: James Wm. McClendon, Jr.'s 3-volume Systematic Theology in its new printing by Baylor University Press with a new introduction by Curtis Freeman.,_Jr..html







Ecclesiological Investigations Group

Theme: Ecclesiology and Ethnography

Christian Scharen, Luther Seminary, Presiding

Sunday - 9:00 AM-11:30 AM

McCormick Place West-185D


Luke Bretherton, Duke University

John Swinton, University of Aberdeen

Mary McClintock Fulkerson, Duke University

Elizabeth Phillips, University of Cambridge


Richard Wood, University of New Mexico

James K. A. Smith, Calvin College




Tillich: Issues in Theology, Religion, and Culture Group

Theme: Christology in Barth and Tillich

Frederick J. Parrella, Santa Clara University , Presiding

Sunday - 3:00 PM-4:30 PM

McCormick Place North-128


Bruce McCormack, Princeton Theological Seminary


Robison James, University of Richmond

Tom Greggs, University of Aberdeen




Loyola University, Maryland

Theme: Diagonal Advance: Discussing Christian Perfection with Anthony D. Baker

Dan McClain, Loyola University, Maryland, Presiding

Sunday - 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Hilton Chicago-PDR 2

The concept of perfection has wideranging consequences for politics and ethics, anthropology, and eschatology. Tony Baker's book, Diagonal Advance, has been hailed as the most theological sophisticated treatment to date of perfection in the Christian tradition.


Frederick Bauerschmidt, Loyola University, Maryland

D. Stephen Long, Marquette University

Sarah Coakley, University of Cambridge


Anthony D. Baker, Seminary of the Southwest