The paper proposals are rolling in for the 14th Bible and Critical Theory Seminar, so here’s a reminder of the major event on the Australian calendar. It’s not too late to send me a proposal.

We usually deal with all areas of biblical studies and critical theory (feminism, anthopology, postcolonialism, psychoanalysis, Marxism, narratology, empire studies, new historicism, eco-criticism, queer theory, poststructuralism and so on). But this year we are opening out to include a session on religion and politics with Marion Maddox and Holly Randall-Moon from Macquarie University, so the seminar is broadening its scope.

When: Friday-Saturday, 10-11 July 2009

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 walk from the beach, 10 minutes walk 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 $90 per night, $45 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.

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.