2019 Annual Meeting, Nov 23-26

The 2019 Annual Meeting will be in San Diego, CA, November 23-26. Register Now!

2020 Regional Meetings

Open Calls for Papers:

Rocky Mountains-Great Plains
Deadline: November 15, 2019

Undergraduate Deadline: December 15, 2019

Deadline: December 16, 2019

Upper Midwest
Deadline: December 31, 2019

Pacific Northwest
Deadline: January 3, 2020

Deadline: January 10, 2020

New England-Maritimes
Deadline: January 19, 2020

Eastern International
Deadline: February 1, 2020

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Annual Meeting Full Paper Program

The full text of papers for 19 sessions are available to members in advance of the 2019 Annual Meetings in San Diego.

2019 AAR Board of Directors Elections Results

The AAR has four newly elected board members: Mayra Rivera, Vice President; Whitney Bauman, Program Unit Director; Aarti Patel, Student Director; and Stacey Floyd-Thomas, At-Large Director. We are grateful to all who stood for election and members who voted.

2019 Proposed Changes to the AAR Bylaws

The AAR has posted proposed changes to its bylaws, which will be voted on at the Annual Business Meeting in San Diego, California, on November 24, 2019.  Learn more.

Mobile App at the Annual Meetings

Access the free Annual Meetings app! Don’t have a smart phone or tablet? A similar web-based solution is accessible via your computer.

Missionary Calculus Americans in the Making of Sunday Schools in Victorian India

Just published! New AAR/OUP Religion, Culture, and History series title from Anilkumar Belvadi. AAR members receive a 30% discount.

Ron Athey: 2019 Religion and the Arts Awardee

The Religion and the Arts Award Jury is pleased to announce that Ron Athey is the recipient of the 2019 Religion and the Arts Award. Athey will be honored at this year’s Annual Meeting on Sunday, November 24, 2019, from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM. Read more.

New Position Openings at the AAR

The AAR offices in Atlanta have the following staff openings: Chief Public Engagement Officer (revised posting), Advocate for the Study of Religion, and Publications and Communications Assistant. Learn more.

The AAR Publishes Religious Literacy Guidelines for College Graduates

The American Academy of Religion has published guidelines outlining what every undergraduate student should know about religion. Made possible through a grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the guidelines include suggested outcomes, FAQs, and other information designed to aid both faculty and administrators. Read the press release.

AAR Signs Joint Letter on U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI Interpretation

The American Academy of Religion has co-signed a letter with the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) and seventeen other scholarly societies expressing concern over the interpretation of Title VI by the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more.

Congratulations to AAR's 2019 Book Award Winners

The AAR book award juries have selected the 2019 recipients of the Awards for Excellence in the Study of Religion and the Best First Book in the History of Religions. View the winners.

Poetry as Prayer in the Sanskrit Hymns of Kashmir

Recently published! New AAR/OUP Religion in Translation series title from Hamsa Stainton. AAR members receive a 30% discount.

Sad News: Wade Clark Roof Has Passed Away

We were deeply saddened to learn that Wade Clark Roof, whom we recently named the recipient of the 2019 Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion, passed away suddenly on August 24. Read the obituary written by long-time AAR member and Dr. Roof’s colleague in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Distinguished Professor Emerita Catherine Albanese.

AAR Endorses AHA Statement on Domestic Terrorism, Bigotry, and History

The AAR, along with more than two dozen learned societies, has endorsed the American Historical Association's recent statement on domestic terrorism, bigotry, and history.

Statement Against White Nationalism

The AAR Board of Directors has issued a statement condemning white nationalism. Read the full statement.

IAHR 2020 Congress Open for Submissions and Registrations

The XXII Quinquennial World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR), hosted by the New Zealand Association for the Study of Religions, will take place August 23-29, 2020, at the University of Otago, in Dunedin, New Zealand. AAR members, who are also members of the IAHR, are encouraged to submit and attend. Learn more.

Congratulations to the 2019 IDRG Winners!

The AAR is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 International Dissertation Research Grants (IDRG) program: Jue Liang and Eva Rogaar. Read more.

Sad News: Anne Monius Has Passed Away

We were saddened to learn that Anne Monius, Harvard Divinity School Professor of South Asian Religions and long-time AAR member, passed away on Saturday, August 3. Read the message from David N. Hempton, Dean of Harvard Divinity School.

AAR Announces Winners of 2019 Best In-Depth Newswriting on Religion Contest

Freelance writer Ian Johnson placed first in the 2019 American Academy of Religion (AAR) Best In-Depth Newswriting on Religion contest; Dawn Araujo-Hawkins, staff writer for Global Sisters Report, placed second; and Joshua J. McElwee, Vatican correspondent for National Catholic Reporter, placed third. Read more.

Kathryn McClymond: 2019 Ray L. Hart Service Award Winner

The award recognizes persons whose dedication and service have made significant contributions to the AAR’s mission. Read more.

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