2018 Annual Meeting, Nov 17-20

Mark your calendars for the 2018 Annual Meeting! Plan to join your colleagues in Denver November 17-20. Register Now!

2019 Regional Meetings

Open Calls for Papers:

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

Mid-Atlantic Region
(CFP Deadline: Dec. 1, 2018)

Midwestern Region
(CFP Deadline: Oct. 20, 2018)

Rocky Mountain-Great Plains Region
(CFP Deadline: Oct. 26, 2018)

Southeastern Region
(CFP Deadline: Oct. 1, 2018)

Southwest Region
(CFP Deadline: Oct. 15, 2018)

Western Region
(CFP Deadline: Oct. 1, 2018)

Open Registration:

Registration closed.



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.

AAR Full Paper Submission Program

The full text of papers for fifteen sessions is being made available to current AAR members in advance of the 2018 Denver Annual Meeting.

JAAR Seeks Book Review Editor

The academic journal of the American Academy of Religion, the Journal of the American Academy of Religion (JAAR), seeks a Book Review Editor to work with the journal’s Editor, Andrea Jain. Learn more.

2018 Board of Directors Elections - Now Open!

Cast your vote for the leadership of the AAR.  View information about the candidates and how to vote.

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.

Countering Islamophobia Workshop

The 2018 Annual Meeting introduces a new pre-conference workshop, "Countering Islamophobia". Topics presented will raise awareness, address misperceptions and challenge critical issues of anti-Muslim bias, bigotry and prejudice. 

AAR Announces Winners of 2018 Best In-Depth Newswriting on Religion Contest

Since 2000, the AAR continues to recognize journalists who engage challenging, religion news stories and help broaden the public understanding of religion. This year, Daniel Burke, CNN; Jack Jenkins, RNS; and Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News receive top honors for their insightful reporting.

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.

Registration and Housing Now Open!

You can register for the 2018 AAR Annual Meeting, which will be held November 17-20 in Denver, Colorado. Advance rates expire after August 23, so be sure to register soon! The AAR has also arranged special hotel rates with Denver hotels, so book early to get your preferred accomodation.

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.

DeTemple Recipient of 2018 Excellence in Teaching Award

The Committee on Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce Jill DeTemple is the recipient of the 2018 Excellence in Teaching Award. The AAR Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes the importance of teaching and honors outstanding teaching in the field.

AAR Plenary Sessions at the 2018 Annual Meetings, Denver

Exciting plenary panels on Journalism and Religion and Religious Scholarship in the Social Media Age coming up at the Denver Annual Meetings.

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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