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:

Deadline: October 1, 2019

Deadline: October 1, 2019

Deadline: October 15, 2019

Pacific Northwest
Deadline: November 15, 2019

Upper Midwest
Deadline: December 31, 2019



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.

Collaborative International Research Grants

The 2019–2020 AAR CIRG online submission system is open! Awards range from $500 to $5,000. Deadline to apply is October 1, 2019.

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