Program Units, Meetings, and Fields of Study

Following the CMS, the SBLHS 2 recommends a down style of capitalization (the use of fewer initial capital letters). Like the CMS, we recognize that there are exceptions.

The names of conferences, program units, and organizations, for instance, are typically capitalized (see CMS §8.69):

the Enoch Seminar
the Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity program unit
the Society of Biblical Literature

Similarly, in bibliographic entries, one capitalizes the name of the organization at which a paper is presented:

31. Susan Niditch, “Oral Culture, and Written Documents” (paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the New England Region of the Society of Biblical Literature, Worcester, MA, 25 March 1994), 13–17.

Niditch, Susan. “Oral Culture, and Written Documents.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the New England Region of the Society of Biblical Literature. Worcester, MA, 25 March 1994.

Note: In the SBLHS 2 §6.3.8, the name of the Society of Biblical Literature is incorrectly abbreviated. As illustrated above, the names of organizations at which papers are presented should be spelled out.

Fields of study, however, are not capitalized unless they are part of a department name or course title (see CMS 8.84–85):

biblical studies
classics
history of religions
rabbinics

but

She teaches in the Department of Biblical Studies.
He taught Theories in Biblical Studies last semester.

Note: Course titles are capitalized but not placed in quotation marks or italics.

Similarly, academic titles are capitalized only when used before a name (similarly to the formatting of, e.g., Queen Danuhepa; see further CMS §§8.18–22 and 27):

the chair; Mary Foskett, chair of the Society of Biblical Literature Council
the president; Beverly Gaventa, president of the Society of Biblical Literature
the professor; Steven J. Friesen, professor of religious studies and classics; Professor Friesen
the professor emeritus; Michael V. Fox, professor emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Professor Emeritus Fox

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