EABS Research Unit Policy
The EABS Annual Meeting takes place in summer, usually in late July/early August. The Meeting begins with an evening opening session, and is then, over the three (or three and a half) subsequent days, divided up into sessions organised by research units. In addition, the local organising team and/or the Committee may schedule plenary sessions on topics of interest to a broader range of biblical scholars.
There are three types of EABS units:
- Special Sessions, which function as one-time events, devoted to a specific current issue/topic;
- One-year Workshops, which may also function as one-time events, but could be formed with a view to exploring the viability and interest in the topic; in the case of the latter, if successful, a Workshop can be transformed into a Research Group;
- Five-year Research Groups, with the possibility of renewal(s).
Typically, Research Groups are conceived of as pursuing a clearly defined research programme, and are expected to present a research plan to be accepted. It is recommended, and Research Group chairs are encouraged, but not required, to hold open calls for papers, in order to allow scholars outside their own research circle to get involved. In order to allow more flexibility, sessions consisting of invited papers only are also allowed. Generally, collaboration between participants during the year is highly encouraged. Research Groups are also encouraged to publish the papers presented during the conference, possibly including also additional papers, in collective volumes or special journal issues.
One of the formative ideas behind EABS was to offer a platform for projects carried out in different parts of Europe (and the world), so that instead of organizing a conference of their own, project members could meet as part of the EABS. Consequently, some of the research units, rather than beginning a new project, can function as outlets for presenting the results of research conducted in an already existing project.
The majority of sessions consist of papers of varying length, followed by discussion, whether after each individual paper, or a longer discussion at the end. Other formats, however, are also encouraged, including, but not limited to, panel discussions and book reviews.
Research Groups may choose not to meet in any particular year, but if they do not meet for two consecutive years, they will be removed from the list of current Research Groups and archived, unless an explicit request is made to the Executive Officer not to do this. Archived groups may be re-activated through the same renewal process as applied to existing research groups every five years. An application to re-activate an archived group is to be submitted either by the former chairs or with their explicit permission.