Bible Translation 2015: The 8th Biennial Bible Translation Conference

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


The Bible Translation 2015 Conference will be October 16-20, 2015.

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. 


Bible Translation and Transformation

The Abstract Deadline will be May 1, 2015.


Subthemes will be announced at a later date. Though specific subthemes have not yet been announced, in general, abstracts on Bible translation theory and practice, translator training, translation team practices, translation software and output methods, community engagement, and other topics related to the Bible translation work are welcome. We will be able to accept 80+ abstracts for presentation.

Plenary and Banquet Speakers

Beekman Lecture Series (Friday/Sunday evenings):

Mark Strauss, Professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary San Diego

Dr. Mark Strauss is the author of many books and articles including commentaries on Mark and Luke and a textbook on the Gospels. Works on translation include Distorting Scripture? (1998) and How to Choose a Translation for All It’s Worth (2007). He has served on translation committees for the New Century Version and the Expanded Bible and is Vice-Chair of the NIV translation committee.

Eugene A. Nida Lecture Series (Saturday morning):

Christiane Nord,
professor extraordinary and research fellow, University of the Free State at Bloemfontein, South Africa

Professor Dr. Christiane Nord has a BA in Translation for German, Spanish, and English (Heidelberg University), a Ph.D. in Romance Studies, and a post-doc qualification for Applied Translation Studies and Translation Pedagogy. She has trained translators since 1967 at Heidelberg, Vienna, Hildesheim, Innsbruck, and Madgeburg Universities. She has written approximately 200 publications in German, English and Spanish on translation theory, methodology, and pedagogy.

Public Banquet (Tuesday Evening):

Roy Peterson,
President and CEO of American Bible Society

Dr. Roy Peterson was President and CEO of The Seed Company from 2003-early 2014. Before this he served in government relations for SIL International in Ecuador and Guatemala, and then was President and CEO of Wycliffe USA from 1997-2003. Roy has a BS from Roger Williams University, an MA from Azusa Pacific University, and an honorary doctorate from Taylor University. Roy and his wife Rita have three children and three grandchildren.

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.
  • Papers will be presented on Monday and Tuesday, with a concluding Public Banquet on Tuesday evening.
  • There will be additional conference events on Saturday and Monday evenings.
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 BT2015 subthemes, costs, 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. BT2013 was attended by 400 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 BT2013
Link to BT2011

Contact Us

Email: BTConference_Dallas@sil.org
US telephone: 972-708-7466

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