This page contains information on how to propose a new research group or workshop and on how to update an existing research group.
A call for new research units is published here each year following the summer break. The deadline for proposals is mid-autumn (or earlier when we meet together with ISBL).
EABS invites proposals for research groups and workshops. Research groups run for five years, with possibility of renewal. Workshops run only once. Workshops can be transformed into research groups following a successful meeting.
Call for New Research Units for the 2018 Helsinki Meeting
We now invite proposals for new research units for the joint EABS & ISBL meeting, to take place from 30th July to 3 August 2018 in Helsinki. If you would like to propose a new research group, a workshop or a special session, please consult the Research Unit Policy below and send your proposal to the Executive Officer, Dr Dominika Kurek-Chomycz (email@example.com) by 15th September 2017. Proposals will then be submitted to a review process conducted by the Standing Research Unit Review Subcommittee. You will be notified about the outcome by the beginning of October. Please make sure that your proposal includes all the required elements and that you append the chairs’ CVs (see the section on Proposing a New Research Unit).
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.
Research Unit Chairs
Each of the research units is chaired by two or three people. These can be both junior and senior academics, but it is expected that there is at least one person with a doctoral degree among chairs. Chairs need to provide evidence (typically by enclosing their CVs when submitting research unit proposals) of having relevant experience and expertise in a given research area. EABS strongly recommends that the chairs represent different institutions.
Chairs are responsible for the smooth running of the unit and the quality of research conducted in its context, including in particular the following:
- timely posting of the current Call for Papers, as well as respecting all the other deadlines;
- liaising with the EABS Committee;
- reviewing abstracts submitted to their unit and notifying their authors whether the abstract was accepted or rejected (as well as requiring revisions if deemed necessary);
- ensuring the quality of the sessions held during the Annual Meeting;
- the submission of the complete schedule of the session(s) of their unit planned for the given year to the Executive Officer.
More details concerning the role and tasks of the chairs can be found in the Guidelines for Chairs. All the research unit chairs must be EABS members in good standing. If more than two or three members want to be involved in planning and organising the session(s) and work of a given research unit, it is recommended that they form a steering committee. The EABS Committee should be notified but only chairs will be given administrative access to the research unit website. Any changes concerning research unit chairs need to be approved by the EABS Committee.
Proposing a New Research Unit
A call for new research units is published each year following the Annual Meeting. The deadline for proposals is mid-autumn, except for the years when EABS is to meet jointly with SBL, when the deadlines are earlier (details are always posted on the website).
The new research unit proposal should be formulated as follows:
- Chairs (min. 2, max. 3), incl. their names, institutional affiliations, e-mail addresses, and a brief statement explaining their relevant scholarship and expertise;
- Keywords (max. 5);
- Programme of the research unit (this is intended as a short description of the project, to be posted on the EABS website) – 100-200 words;
- (In the case of proposing to transform a Workshop into a Research Group, the reason for that request, including a short report of the results of the workshop, the importance and impact of its continuation are be included – max. 200 words;)
- Description of the planned research, including a research plan listing the topics to address and (optionally) names of possible contributors; a statement on methodology if applicable; a statement on the importance and originality of the research unit’s topic, including comments on how it will advance the mission of the EABS, and how the proposed research will complement the research already being conducted at EABS – between 100-200 words for a workshop, 150-300 words for a Research Group;
- The text of the Call for Papers for the upcoming year.
The submission of original and/or experimental proposals fostering interdisciplinary approaches is especially encouraged. Proposals, accompanied by the CVs of the research unit chairs, should be sent to the Executive Officer, and will then be submitted to a peer-review process. Proposals may be accepted, rejected, and/or chairs may be requested to incorporate some comments and/or changes into their initial proposal.
Renewing a Research Unit
As stated above, Research Groups are as a rule approved for the period of five years. If chairs plan to renew it, they are expected to submit to the Executive Officer their updated CVs as well as an extension request including the following:
- Chairs (min. 2, max. 3), incl. their names, institutional affiliations, e-mail addresses;
- Keywords (max. 5);
- Programme of the research unit (it can be the same as in the original request) – 100-200 words;
- Report of the research, and outcome of the work undertaken during the previous 5-year period – 200-400 words;
- Description of the research planned for the coming years, including a research plan listing the topics to address and (optionally) names of possible contributors – 80-200 words;
- The text of the Call for Papers for the upcoming year.
Research Unit Related Sub-Committees
The review process is conducted by the Standing Research Unit Review Sub-Committee. The Sub-Committee consists of three to five academics with sufficient experience and expertise to evaluate submitted proposals. In assessing new research unit proposals, in addition to evaluating their quality and feasibility, the Sub-Committee will pay attention to whether the research already being conducted at EABS has been considered to a sufficient extent, to ensure that there is no substantial overlap between new and existing research units.
A separate Standing Research Unit Co-Ordinating Sub-Committee, consisting of three to five members, overviews, in close co-operation with the Executive Officer, the work of existing Research Units. Members of the Co-Ordinating Sub-Committee have the right to intervene should the Call for Papers or proposed session schedule conflict with the mission and/or ethical principles espoused by EABS, or contradict the unit research programme originally approved by the Review Sub-Committee. The Co-Ordinating Sub-Committee will also mediate in the case of conflict between two research units.
Members of both of these Sub-Committees can be nominated by the EABS Committee and other EABS members, and are elected during the Business Meeting, for the period of three years.
Arrangements for the Transitional Period
The coming years will be transitional in that attempt will be made to collect all the necessary information about existing Research Groups, without overburdening chairs. Following the 2016 Annual Meeting in Leuven, all the chairs will be asked to submit their updated CVs.
The chairs of Research Groups started in 2012 and earlier, unless they requested an extension in 2015, will be contacted and asked to submit documentation required for an extension of a Research Group. The same will happen in the case of Research Groups started in 2013 following the 2017 Annual Meeting, and then in subsequent years, chairs will be asked to submit requests for extension every five years.
In addition, the chairs of Research Groups with only one chair, or with more than three chairs, will be contacted following the Leuven meeting and asked to implement changes to ensure that their respective units conform to the newly accepted policy.