Summer Meeting 2022

The Summer Meeting 2022

This summer’s SOTS Conference takes place in the Exchange Building, Jubilee Campus, Nottinham NG8 1BB, between Monday July 25th and Thursday July 28th. The residential venue for the Meeting is Southwell Hall, Jubilee Campus, Nottingham, NG8 1AW, and the contact telephone number for the registration and security desk at Newark Hall (opposite Southwell) is (+44) 01158-466811.

Under the presidency of Prof. Charlotte Hempel
  • Confidential material (minutes of the previous business meeting as well as proposals for membership) are available to view HERE. You must be logged in as a Member to access these documents.
  • Additional material for the conference are available to view HERE. You must be logged in as a Member to access these documents.
  • Printable version of the Summer 2022 Programme (PDF) and Booking form (.docx/pdf)
  • Travel Directions are available to view here: 2022s SOTS Travel Directions to Jubilee Campus. Please refer to the enclosed travel information for how to get to Southwell Hall. There is plenty of parking at or near Southwell Hall but we would recommend public transport where possible.
  • Covid Guidance is available to view here: 2022s COVID guidance
Publishers are invited to contribute to a virtual book display as well as a physical book display. Members who have had books published recently are also invited to display copies.

Conference Programme


MONDAY 25 July

  • 2.00pm – Committee Meeting
  • 4.30pm – Registration at Newark Hall
  • 6.00pm – Liane Feldman (New York), “Unthinking Sacrifice in Second Temple Jewish Literature”
  • 7.00pm – Reception (sponsored by the Presidents for 2020 and 2021)
  • 7.30pm – Dinner


  • 8.00am – Breakfast
  • 9.15am – Gert Kwaakel (Kampen/Aix-en-Provence), “‘A Kingdom of Priests’: An Enigmatic Element in God’s Promises to Israel in Exodus 19:5-6”
  • 10.00am – Ekaterina Kozlova (London), “2 Samuel and the Architecture of Poetic Justice”
  • 10.45am – Coffee/Tea Break
  • 11.15am – Jan-Wim Wesselius (Kampen), “Contradiction as an Essential Literary Aspect of the Hebrew Bible’s Primary History”
  • 12.00pm – Nozipho Princess S. Dlodlo (Durban), “A Critical Reading of Selected Scenes from 1-2 Samuel with reference to Masculinity Construction”
  • 1.00pm – Lunch
  • 2.00pm – Free Time
  • 3.30pm – Tea
  • 4.00pm – Michael N. Van der Meer (Amsterdam), “The Ideological Background of the Books of Chronicles”
  • 4.45pm – Charlene van der Walt (Durban) “‘We are family! Until we are not’. Reflecting on Jospeh in the context of Izitabane vulnerability…”
  • 6.00pm – Brief Presentation by Karin Thomson (Shakespeare Institute, Stratford Upon Avon) on “Shakespeare’s Legacy to the People of Birmingham”
  • 6.15pm – Reception (sponsored by the University of Birmingham)
  • 7.00pm – Dinner
  • 8.15pm – Roger Nam (Atlanta), “The Economics of Diaspora”


  • 8.00am – Breakfast
  • 9.15am – Ellen van Wolde (Nijmegen), “Should Amos 4:13 really be understood as a hymn of creation?”
  • 10.00am – Philip Yoo (Vancouver), “Rethinking “Pentatuech” and “Hextateuch”: A Modest Proposal”
  • 10.45am – Coffee/Tea Break
  • 11.15am – Carly L. Crouch (Nijmegen), “Identity’s Shifting Sands: Israel and Judah in the Sixth Century BCE”
  • 12.00pm – Business Meeting (SOTS Members Only)
  • 1.00pm – Lunch
  • 1.45pm – Forum Discussion (chaired by Charlotte Hempel (Birmingham), “The Academy and Academic Publishing: Sustaining the Discipline Collaboratively”
  • 3.15pm – Coach to Strelley Hall, Nottingham
  • 3.30pm – President’s Tea at Strelley Hall (return at 5.15pm)
  • 6.45pm – Dinner
  • 8.15pm – Martin Goodman (Oxford), “Herod and the Hebrew Bible”


  • 8.00am – Breakfast and depart

Booking & Domestic Arrangements

All bookings must be received by Friday 24th June 2022; no bookings can be accepted after that date. Bookings can be made by email to with payment made via purchase on the SOTS website shop, by electronic bank transfer, or by a posted cheque. Please note that in making a booking, members render themselves liable for payment of the full cost of that booking, a liability that will be waived only in the light of extenuating circumstances and only when the final conference accounts permit a refund. You may wish to consider taking out insurance on your booking (or check that your annual travel insurance is applicable) to cover the possibility of you having to cancel your booking. You are advised to make a copy of your completed Booking Form for your own records

Charges for hospitality are shown on the Booking Form. Members are requested to pay their accounts in full when returning the form but, if necessary, a non-returnable booking fee of £35 will be accepted and the balance will be payable on arrival at the Meeting.

Subsidies & Bursaries

There is a subsidised price for those on low incomes or from economically disadvantaged countries. Applications for a further conference grant to assist in meeting the costs of attending the Meeting must reach the Secretary, Dr Richard Briggs ( by 13th May. Application forms for grants are available on the SOTS website here.

Financial support for carers to enable members to attend meetings is available on a trial basis. The grant is limited but may be put toward the cost of employing a carer or toward additional expenses incurred in a partner’s attendance. Applications must be received by 13th May 2022. For more information or to apply, contact the Secretary (


General correspondence concerning the affairs of the Society should be sent to the Secretary, Dr Richard Briggs, by email at Proposals for new members must reach him by 31st May 2022. Changes of address notification should be sent to the Membership Secretary, Dr Janet Tollington, 118 Balland Fields, Willingham, Cambridge CB24 5JU (

Advance Notice of Future Meetings

Winter Meeting, 3rd – 5th January 2023, Endcliffe Campus, Sheffield

Summer Meeting, 4th – 7th September 2023, St Catharine’s College Cambridge

All members, from newest to longest-standing, are warmly invited to propose reading a paper or otherwise presenting in a session at a forthcoming Meeting. Those interested should write to the Secretary (, giving a title and brief summary of the proposed paper or session, by the end of June (for the meeting the following summer) or the end of November (for the meeting the following winter). The Programme Sub-Committee is keen to encourage a broad range of academic approaches in papers, and will respond to all proposals received. For academic papers, offers of shorter presentations (25 minutes) are particularly welcome, but longer presentations (50 minutes) may also be proposed.