The call for papers is now open for the 14th Bible and Critical theory seminar. Papers typically deal with all areas of biblical studies and critical theory, which we define broadly to cover areas such as feminism, postcolonialism, psychoanalysis, Marxism, narratology, empire studies, new historicism, eco-criticism, queer theory, poststructuralism and so on.

When: Friday-Saturday, 10-11 July 2009 (please note the slight change in date from earlier announcements – the pub doesn’t open on Sundays).

Where: a great old pub called The Grand Hotel, corner of Church and Bolton Streets, Newcastle. You can check it out at It’s 5 minutes from the beach, 10 minutes from Newcastle Railway station and in the old part of town. We’ll do our usual thing of listen to papers, discuss (more room for that this year), slip away for a drink, etc.

Room: ‘The Underground’, which will be our own space for each day.

Cost: $30 (waged), $15 (un- or under-waged). This covers the cost of venue hire.

Accommodation: the Grand has 7 double and 2 twin rooms at $80 per night, $40 each if you share. There are a couple of backpackers 5 minutes away, one a YHA ( and the other not. For those with more expensive tastes, there are a few hotels on the harbour such as the Crowne Plaza (

Food: The bistro is open from 7.30 am and sells meals around the $15 mark, unless you go for the budget option, which I tend to do…

Travel: Train is great; airport is about 30 km north, from where you can share a taxi or catch a bus (they go about every hour – Port Stephen’s buses – Or you can drive into town, although parking is limited on Friday, unlimited Saturday.

Paper Proposals: please send to me.