2021 AGM: Call to Participation

Conferences ,

Dear CBA Member,

Depending upon the national and regional guidelines for in-person gatherings, the Eighty-third International Meeting of The Catholic Biblical Association will be held at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, July 31 - August 3, 2021 (Saturday-Tuesday). The registration fee which covers materials, breaks, socials, etc. is estimated at $190.

For those wishing to stay on campus (apartment or suite), the cost of rooms will be approximately $48 per night for a single room or $42 per person per night for a double occupancy room. For those staying on campus, there will be a one-time fee of approximately $16 to cover linens and sundries (towels, sheets, pillow, blanket, soap, cup). For those wishing to stay at a hotel, there are several options suggested on the CUA website.

A basic 9-meal-package (Saturday dinner – Tuesday lunch, including breakfast) will cost approximately $110. Other meal plan options will be available, but pay as you go is not an option. Other eating options are listed o the CBA website. There is free Wi-Fi available on campus.

Additional details and information on registration will be sent later in the Spring and posted to the CBA website
PLEASE BE AWARE: Once the registration website is activated in the Spring, the JULY 1 deadline for registration is a hard deadline. Once passed, a member WILL NOT be able to register for a room or meals. CBA has to give hard numbers to the host institution before our arrival upon which they order food, prepare rooms, order sheets, etc. These numbers cannot be altered after the registration deadline.  

Call for Participation

The annual meeting offers the following venues for participation (Submissions are due March 12, 2021).

Research Reports
Research Reports are allotted 40 minutes, which includes 10 minutes for discussion. This is an excellent opportunity for Full Members to present, and have critiqued, work recently published or still in progress. Submit the following information in the body of an email (not as an attachment): 
   1.    Full name (as it should appear on the program, i.e., no nick-names)
   2.    Institution
   3.    Short title for report (no more than 55 characters/spaces)
   4.    Abstract - no more than 100 words (following the conventions of CBQ)
If the paper is accepted for the program, the summary will be included in the booklet for distribution to those attending the 2020 meeting.  Preference will be given to prompt submissions and consideration will be given to create a balance between OT and NT presentations. 

Note: We are asking all applicants to submit proposals for 2021,
including those whose proposals were accepted for the 2020 annual meeting.
Please note that acceptance of a 2020 proposal does not guarantee acceptance for 2021. 

Please send proposals to Toan Do (tojosephdo@gmail.com) no later than Friday, March 12, 2021.

Continuing Seminars
A Continuing Seminar is so called because it ‘continues’ to convene on each day of the meeting. A Continuing Seminar may be established for one year or may continue for additional years. It is also possible for a Continuing Seminar to develop into a Task Force (see below).

Seminars are normally convened by one or two individuals who arrange to have paper presenters or provide other materials for discussion. CBA members will be invited to register for a Continuing Seminar of their choice through the CBA website at a later date. Materials that will be used for that year's Continuing Seminar (such as papers, bibliographies, and outlines) will be made available through the CBA website or by some other means to those members who have signed up for the seminar. 

If you desire to establish a Continuing Seminar, or to renew an existing Continuing Seminar for this year's meeting, please contact Laura Manzo (manzoj@stthom.edu) no later than Friday, March 12, 2021.

Task Forces
A Task Force has a group of core members who are committed to meeting for at least five years in order to pursue a common long-term goal which may or may not include a publication. The Task Force leader(s) may circulate papers or other materials before the meeting. For further guidelines, see the CBA website. 

Requests for establishing a new Task Force or renewing an existing one for this year’s meeting should include the names and institutional affiliations of core members. Please send requests to Deena Grant (dgrant@hartsem.edu) no later than Friday, March 12, 2021.

Additional Information
Details of the program will be posted on the CBA web page and published in the CBA Newsletter as they become available. Registration, on-campus housing, and meal plans will be available on the CBA web site as well. CBA members will receive notification and member candidates will receive an invitation when the registration site is activated. 

Joseph C. Atkinson
Executive Director