Deadline for proposals: 30 June 2013

Please send paper proposals of 150-200 words to:

Roland Boer: Roland.Boer(at)

Sean Durbin: sean.durbin(at)


Dates for seminar: 6-7 September 2013

Venue: Edens Room, Trinity Bar, Surry Hills, Sydney

Now in its sixteenth, the Bible and Critical Theory Seminar returns to Sydney. As is our tradition, we will meet in the upper room of a pub, this one found through the careful research of Holly Randall-Moon, with the advice of Sean Durbin.

Papers for the seminar typically seek intersections between critical theory and the Bible, both interpreted broadly. We understand critical theory as deriving initially from the Frankfurt School (more fully, the Institute for Social Research at Frankfurt am Main) and the work of Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer, but now enriched and broadened by a host of other methods. These approaches include but are not restricted to post-structuralism, feminism, psychoanalysis, ideological criticism, post-colonialism, Marxism, ecocriticism and queer studies. Some of these approaches are new, whereas others have been revitalized after the 1960s. Thus, critical theory incorporates the initial impetus of the Frankfurt School, while significantly broadening its mandate.

The international reach of the seminar has grown, spawning a ‘Bible, Critical Theory and Reception Seminar’ meeting in the UK under the auspices of W. John Lyons and James Crossley, the Bible and Critical Theory Journal, which has entered its ninth year of publication, and our comrade, the journal Relegere.

Accommodation: There are plenty of options, although I recommend Railway Square YHA. It has single rooms for around $100 per night, or dormitory beds for $30-40, in rooms of 4, 6, and 8. A treat is to stay in one of the old railway carriages.