July 17-20, 2016

Site overview

Conference Programme

Conference Abstracts

Business Meeting 2016


Submitting an abstract

General information

Conference rates


Cancellation of Attendance

Basic conference schedule

Conference venue


Travel to Leuven

Meeting sponsors

Conference Programme

Click here to view the conference programme. This version is updated regularly; sessions where there have been changes due to recent cancellations, which have not been included in the printed version of the programme, are highlighted in yellow.

Conference Abstracts

Click here to view the conference abstracts.

Business Meeting

All EABS members are invited to attend the 2016 Business Meeting. Click here to view the agenda and additional materials for the business meeting. An invitation email with access code to this page was sent to EABS members on June 28, 2016.


Call for Papers open: February 15th, 2016

Call for Papers closed: March 31st, 2016 extended deadline: April 4th, 2016.

Authors notified of acceptance: April 22nd, 2016.

Preliminary programme: early June 2016

Student Paper Prize deadline: 20 May 2016

Submitting an abstract:

The 2016 Call for Papers is now closed.

If you have submitted an abstract, you should hear back from the unit chairs by April 22nd, 2016. If you have not received a notification by the end of April, please get in touch with EABS.

Abstract submissions for all EABS research units are managed through a submission system for which a free account is needed. The submission system can be found here: https://eabs.net/ocs/index.php/index/2016/login.

Experiencing technical problems? Please click here for instructions.

If the need arises to withdraw a submitted abstract, please inform the research unit chair of your decision to withdraw, copying your message to information@eabs.net.

General Information about the 2016 Annual Meeting

This year’s Annual Meeting will be hosted by the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. This time EABS will meet jointly with the International Organisation for Qumran Studies. Registration for the conference will begin by mid-April. Below please find some information that you may find useful in planning your attendance at the conference.

On the days following the conference, attendees are invited to book field trips. There will be organised field trips to Antwerp (21 July) and Flanders Fields (22 July), including coach travel, museum tickets, and guided tours. Please visit the EABS webshop for more information, including prices and programmes for both days. (You must be logged in to see the information on the webshop.)

EABS sessions are open only to those who are registered to the conference, unless stated otherwise in the description of the session.


Conference Rates

Standard Regular Fee                        90,00 EUR

Standard Early Bird*                           70,00 EUR


Student Regular Fee                          75,00 EUR

Student Early Bird*                             60,00 EUR

* Early Bird Fee: until 31st May

The registration fee includes access to all the conference facilities and materials, the opening reception, as well as coffee/tea breaks and refreshments. It does not include any meals. Please note that you need to be a member of either EABS or IOQS in order to be able to register for the conference.


Conference registration is now open.

EABS sessions are open only to those who are registered to the conference, unless stated otherwise in the description of the session.
In order to register, you will need to log in to the EABS website, and this means that you need to be a member of EABS in good standing. (You can join EABS here: https://eabs.net/site/join-eabs/)
Register for the conference here: https://eabs.net/site/shop/
(You must be logged in to eabs.net to see the registration options.)

If you are unable to log in, even though you have renewed your membership, please email the EABS Administrative Assistant, Ms Sarah Whitear (sarah.whitear@eabs.net).

Sightseeing tours and field trips can also be booked via the link above.

Cancellation of Attendance

Cancellations of attendance and reimbursement of registration fees are possible until July 4th, 2016, 8 p.m. CEST by emailing EABS treasurer Maria Häusl at treasurer@eabs.net
There will be an administrative fee of €15 for cancellations.

EABS & IOQS 2016 Annual Meeting Basic Conference Schedule

Please click here to view the basic conference schedule.

Opening Ceremony and reception: July 17th, 18:00-21:30 (tbc).

First conference session begins: July 18th, 9:00.

Last conference session ends: July 20th, 18:30.

Business Meeting: July 19th, 12:40-13:30 (tbc).

Post-conference trips are offered on July 21st and July 22nd.

Conference Venue

The majority of sessions will be scheduled in one of the buildings belonging to the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Maria-Theresia College and Collegium Veteranorum. This is also where the registration desk and the exhibit hall will be located. The address of the Faculty is: Sint-Michielsstraat 4, B-3000 Leuven.

The opening session and the opening reception will take place in the University Hall, Naamsestraat 22, a 3 min. walk from the Faculty.


This year there is no specially designated conference hotel, since all the sessions take place at university locations. There are a number of hotels, several hostels, and other types of budget accommodation in the vicinity of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies (see the list below). We encourage you also to check various hotel booking websites, which often offer a much better price than that stated on the hotel website.

– in the vicinity of the conference venue (3-10 min. on foot)

Pentahotel Leuven

Alfons Smetplein 7, 3000 Leuven

Tel : +32 16 31 7625

Fax : +32 16 317 601




Martin’s Klooster

Onze-Lieve-Vrouwstraat 18, 3000 Leuven

Tel: +32 16 21 31 41

Fax: +32 16 22 31 44




New Damshire

Schapenstraat 1 (Pater Damiaanplein), 3000 Leuven

Tel : +32 16 74 52 45

Fax : +32 16 74 52 46




Theaterhotel Leuven

Bondgenotenlaan 20, 3000 Leuven

Tel/Fax + 32 16 22 28 19




Hotel Ibis Leuven Centrum

Brusselsestraat 52, 3000 Leuven

Tel : +32 16 29 31 11

Fax : +32 16 23 87 92




The Louvain Institute for Ireland in Europe

Janseniusstraat 1, 3000 Leuven

Tel : +32 16 31 04 30

Fax : +32 16 31 04 31




– near the train station (20 min. on foot to the conference venue)

Accor Novotel Leuven Centrum

Vuurkruisenlaan 4, 3000 Leuven

Tel : +32 16 93 90 01

Fax : +32 16 21 32 01




Hotel Ibis Budget Leuven Centrum

Martelarenlaan 10, 3010 Leuven

Tel : +32 16 47 98 80



Hostels and other budget accommodation

Leuven City Hostel

Ravenstraat 37, 3000 Leuven

Tel. +32 16 84 30 33




The Cube Hostel

Brusselsestraat 110, 3000 leuven

Tel. +32 16 89 45 85




The Leuven Hostel ‘De Blauwput’

Martelarenlaan 11A, 3000 Leuven

Tel : + 32 16 63 90 62

Fax + 32 16 63 90 64




Abdij Keizersberg

Mechelsestraat 202, 3000 Leuven

Tel : + 32 16 31 00 60

Fax : + 32 16 31 00 66



KU Leuven Guesthouses


Travel to Leuven

By plane

If you arrive in Belgium by plane, you will travel either via the main Brussels Airport in Zaventem or Brussels Charleroi (the majority of budget airlines fly to the latter).

When travelling from the main Brussels Airport, you may access the Belgian Rail system from the lowest level of the airport. Apart from Sunday, there are two direct trains each hour, which take you to Leuven in about 15 minutes (on Sunday there is only one train per hour).  You can also buy your train ticket on-line beforehand at http://www.belgianrail.be/en/. Taxis from the airport are available to take you directly to your hotel. The cost will be approximately around 60-70 euros.

If you land in Charleroi, you may either take the shuttle bus to Brussels South, and then the train to Leuven, or take a local bus to Charleroi South, and from there the train to Leuven (you would then need to change in Ottignies or Brussels, though). See below on travelling from Brussels South.

By train

If you arrive in Belgium by Thalys or the Eurostar, you will most likely travel via Brussels South (Brussel Zuid/Bruxelles Midi). From Brussels South, there are at least six trains an hour during the week (fewer on Sunday) which take you to Leuven. The journey takes about 30 minutes. Most trains to Leuven (though with a variable number of stops depending on the train) run in the direction of Tongeren/Tongres, Eupen, Welkenraedt, Landen, Genk and Luik/Liège Guillemins. Please note that Louvain-la-Neuve is NOT the same place as Leuven/Louvain. For further details at the rail stations you can consult the yellow posters in the railway station or visit Belgian Rail for timetables. If you arrive in Belgium by train from the Netherlands or from Germany, you should visit the websites for Dutch Railways (NS) or German Railways (DB).

Getting to the Faculty from the train station

If you arrive at the train station and wish to come to the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, or the downtown area right away, it is very easy to take the number 2 bus (De Lijn bus to Heverlee Campus) from the station (cost about 2 EUR) to St. Peter’s Church or the University Hall. The Faculty is a very short walk from both of these locations.

A substantial review of the various methods of transport possible in Leuven, as well as detailed directions on how to arrive in Leuven, can be found on the university’s website.


The main publisher sponsor of the EABS and IOQS 2016 Annual Meeting is:

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