Bible Translation 2017: The 9th Biennial Bible Translation Conference

A forum for presentation and discussion of developing theory and practice in Bible translation


The Bible Translation 2017 Conference will be October 13-17, 2017.

This academic conference is co-sponsored by the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL) and SIL International; the Eugene A. Nida Lecture Series is sponsored by the Nida Institute. The BT Conference will be held at or near the International Linguistics Center (GIAL campus) in Dallas, Texas, USA.


THEME: Tradition and Innovation in Bible Translation

Our five sub-themes

  1. BT Theory and Practice
  2. Educating and Empowering Translators
  3. Engaging Local Communities with Scripture
  4. Relevance of Tradition in BT
  5. Innovations in BT

The Abstract Deadline will be May 5, 2017.

We will be able to accept 80+ abstracts for presentation. We will post some suggested topics and the Abstract Guidelines at a later date. Please do not submit abstracts until the Abstract Guidelines are posted.

The Conference schedule is expected to be as follows:

  • The opening event will be a plenary session on Friday evening.
  • Papers will be presented Saturday.
  • The only scheduled event on Sunday will be a plenary session in the evening.
  • There will be additional conference events or plenary presentations on Saturday and Monday evenings.
  • Papers will be presented on Monday and Tuesday, with a concluding Public Banquet on Tuesday evening.

This schedule includes time for oral and poster papers, discussion, individual interaction, and networking.

Please note that other BT organizations may schedule events in Dallas, Texas, before or after the conference that are open to BT Conference attendees (seminars, workshops, etc.). Events of this nature will be listed on this website as we become aware of them. Please check this website before purchasing airline tickets, in case one or more of these events is also of interest to you.

The BT2017 costs, plenary speakers’ names, registration deadlines, and the Call for Papers will follow at a later date.

Conference History

This Bible translation conference series began in 2001. Since that time, each conference has grown in numbers of papers and participants, and has offered valuable contributions to the worldwide Bible Translation effort. BT2015 was attended by 450 Bible translators, consultants, linguists, professors, students, literacy specialists, anthropologists, translation software specialists, orality specialists, administrators, and other professionals involved in the Bible translation task. These came from more than 70 Bible translation agencies and training programs, and from all parts of the world.

Link to BT2015 Conference information:

Contact Us

US telephone: 972-708-7466