John Kutsko, the Executive Director of the Society of Biblical Literature, wrote all the SBL student members an email today informing us of two new policies:

1.      All students without a doctoral degree are required to submit to the Program Unit Chair the full text of the paper they will read. The paper will be submitted at the time of proposal.  Student proposers will submit the paper they intend to read, not a full-length article intended for written distribution.

2.      The number of sessions students can participate in will be limited to one. This policy pertains to participation as panelist, presenter, and respondent.

I think these are fine. I don’t see any reason for students to be upset about these regulations. We can still participate if our work qualifies. I think it is good for us students to have minimal face time and more learning time while working toward doctorates. Any thoughts?