2019 Regional Meetings

Open Calls for Papers:

Eastern International Region
CFP Deadline: Feb. 1, 2019)

New England-Maritimes Region
(CFP Deadline: Jan. 18, 2019)

Mid-Atlantic Region
(CFP Deadline: Dec. 22, 2018)

Pacific Northwest
(CFP Deadline: Jan. 30th, 2019)

Open Registration:

Registration closed.



AAR Position Opening

The American Academy of Religion seeks qualified candidates for the Director for Finance and Administration position at the AAR executive office in Atlanta, Georgia. View the search announcement and job description.

2019 AAR Presidential Theme

2019 AAR President Laurie Patton announced the theme for next year's Annual Meeting: Scholarly Workers in Public Spaces: A Necessary Long Term Focus in the Study of Religions. Read more.

Statement in Response to Graduate Students

At the #MeToo session, graduate students were represented on the panel by an empty chair. Read the statement from the Graduate Student Committee articulating why and the response from the AAR Board.

Denouncing Antisemitism: Statement from the AAR Board

The Board of Directors of the American Academy of Religion has issued a statement denouncing antisemitism and the desecration of places of worship. Read the full statement.

2018 Board of Directors Election Results

The AAR has four newly elected board members! Thank you to all AAR members who voted in these elections. Read the full announcement.

A Protest Against the US Travel Ban: Statement of the AAR Board

Read the recently published statement from the AAR Board of Directors concerning the damaging effect the US Travel Ban continues to have on scholars of religion who wish to participate in AAR events.

2018 AAR Book Awards Announced

The AAR has selected the 2018 recipients of the Awards for Excellence in the Study of Religion and the Best First Book in the History of Religions. View the winners.

Remembering Katie G. Cannon (1950-2018)

Emilie M. Townes remembers Katie Geneva Cannon, womanist theologian and author of several notable works, including Black Womanist Ethics. Read the full remembrance on RSN.

AAR Members Among NEH Grant Winners

Congratulations to Julie ByrneEdward Curtis IVHenry GoldschmidtShari Rabin, and Caroline Schroeder. 

New Member Benefit!

AAR members now have access to more than 80 journals in JSTOR's religion collection.

Congratulations to the 2018 IDRG Winners!

Elsa Marty and Aaron T. Hollander have each won funding through the AAR's International Dissertation Research Grant (IDRG) program.

A Note from Alice Hunt to AAR Members

Alice Hunt, the AAR's new Executive Director, shares her thoughts on the challenges and opportunities facing the AAR and its diverse membership.

Jacob Olupona Wins Award for the Public Understanding of Religion

Jacob Olupona Wins Marty Award for Public Understanding of Religion
For fostering understanding of religious pluralism in Africa and African diasporic communities and his work for peace and understanding in Nigerian civic, academic, religious and political spheres.

Regional Development Grants Awarded

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018–2019 grants, which provide funds for special projects within the regions that aim to benefit the scholarly and professional lives of AAR members.

The AAR's New Long-Range Plan

Jack Fitzmier, retiring AAR Executive Director, introduces the new long-range plan, which provides a framework for growth and change in the coming years.

Wadada Leo Smith: 2018 Religions and the Arts Awardee

The composer, trumpeter, and Pulitzer Prize finalist will join the AAR at the Annual Meeting in Denver. Photo credit: Michael Jackson.

2016-2017 AAR and SBL Job Advertisement Data

The AAR and SBL recently issued an important jobs report tracking Employment Services listing data from AY16-17. It continues the vital task of identifying key employment trends in religious, biblical, and theological studies.

ACLS Announces 2018 Fellows

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) has announced 78 Fellows for 2018, among whom are two AAR members.

AAR Board Adopts New Professional Conduct Statement and Compliance Requirement for Annual Meeting Registration

Read the updated statement and the new requirement for attendees of the AAR Annual Meeting.

Statement on Proposed Program Cuts at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

The AAR has joined with 25 other learned societies to oppose the planned elimination of 13 humanities majors at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Read the full statement.

Academy Fund Contributors

We gratefully acknowledge these contributors to the Academy Fund. Their generous donations support AAR programs and services, including Annual Meeting Travel Grants. Thank you!

Spotlight on Teaching

New issue on "Teaching Tales: Harnessing the Power of Storytelling," with an introduction by Raj Balkaran and articles by Steven E. Lindquist, Hillary Rodrigues, Jeffrey M. Brackett, Elizabeth M. Rohlman, Shana Sippy, and Caleb Simmons.

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