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

Upper Midwest
Deadline: December 31, 2019

Pacific Northwest
Deadline: January 20, 2020



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.

Wade Clark Roof: 2019 Marty Award Winner

Wade Clark Roof, Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies and Founding Director of the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life at the University of California Santa Barbara, is the recipient of the 2019 Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion. Read more.

On Academic Freedom

The AAR Board of Directors has issued a statement affirming its commitment to academic freedom worldwide. Read the full statement.

Opposing Quebec’s Bill 21

Statement of the AAR Board of Directors: "We join with other political leaders, academics, and human rights advocates in opposing this new law. The values of pluralism and equality are key to modern democratic societies, and all members of society should be encouraged to participate fully in public life, including the core mission of public education. This legislation runs counter to those fundamental civic values." Read the full statement.

Spotlight on Teaching

New issue: Contemplative Pedgagoy in the Religious Studies Classroom, with an introduction by Sarah Jacoby and articles by Candy Gunther Brown, Kathleen M. Fisher, Daniel A. Hirshberg, Karolyn Kinane, Anne Carolyn Klein, Harold D. Roth, Michael Sheehy, and Judith Simmer-Brown.

Unsaying God: Negative Theology in Medieval Islam

Recently published! New AAR/OUP Academy Series title from Aydogan Kars. AAR members receive a 30% discount.

AAR Letter Supporting Stanford University Press

In response to recent reports that continued funding of Stanford University Press is at risk, the AAR Publications Committee and the AAR Board of Directors sent a letter to Stanford University Provost Persis Drell on May 7, 2019.

2019 AAR Call for Board Nominations

Call for Board of Directors Nominations is open until September 2, 2019. Learn more.

Now Open! Registration & Housing for the 2019 Annual Meeting

Plan to join your friends and colleagues in beautiful San Diego, California, for the 2019 Annual Meeting! Super Saver rates expire after May 23, so be sure to grab your spot before then!

AAR Board of Directors Approves New Guidelines

At its September 2018 and February 2019 meetings, the AAR Board of Directors approved two new sets of guidelines: Guidelines for Evaluating Digital Scholarship and Statement on Evaluating Scholarship in Religious Studies for Promotion and Tenure.

Sad News: David Sánchez, AAR Committee Chair

We were greatly saddened to learn that David Sánchez, associate professor of theological studies at Loyola Marymount University and current chair of the AAR's Status on Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession Committee, died suddenly this past weekend. Read more.

Meet the AAR's Newest Staff Member: Nicholé Jefferson

We are very pleased to welcome Nicholé Jefferson to the AAR staff as Director of Finance and Administration.

Against White Supremacist Islamophobic Ideology

Statement of the AAR Board of Directors: The American Academy of Religion unequivocally condemns the mass killing at the Al-Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15, 2019. Read more.

AAR Signs Letter Opposing Cuts to Alaskan Higher Ed

On March 4, the AAR joined more than 30 professional societies in issuing a letter to the governor and legislators of the state of Alaska, protesting a proposed $134 million reduction in state funding for the University of Alaska.

AAR/SBL Jobs Report & Summary

The AAR and SBL have released a joint report on employment listings posted to the Employment Services job board in academic year 2018.

2019 American Lectures in the History of Religions

The Cinematic Sacred | February 18-27, 2019

Jeffrey Stout, PhD
North Carolina Triangle/Triad Region

The Subhedar's Son: A Narrative of Brahmin-Christian Conversion from Nineteenth-century Maharashtra

New release edited and translated by Deepra Dandeka in the AAR/OUP Religion in Translation Series. AAR members receive a 30% discount.

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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