Events & Networking

For many scholars of religion, our Annual Meeting represents the networking event of the year, offering unparalleled opportunities to engage with publishers, leaders in the field, and potential employers. Our ten regions also hold meetings every year, providing even greater access to professional development and collaboration with colleagues.

AAR Student Ambassadors

The AAR Student Ambassador Program seeks to forge deeper and more enduring ties between graduate (and potentially undergraduate) students and the AAR.

Annual Meeting

Our Annual Meeting brings together thousands of scholars from around the world. Each year, we facilitate hundreds of events, including academic sessions, workshops, receptions, and tours. The Exhibit Hall presents a vibrant networking space where attendees can pitch ideas to publishers, browse the latest publications, and connect with colleagues.

AAR Regions

Our ten regions focus on creating a community of scholars based on regional size, ethos, cooperation with other scholarly societies, and potential. The special size and character of regions encourage accessibility, adaptability, service to scholars at various career stages, collegiality, and flexibility of program.

Events and Opportunities

We share upcoming events and opportunities of interest to scholars of religion, including those sponsored by us as well as related programming submitted by external organizations.


The AAR offers members the opportunities to be both mentor and mentee through the Underrepresented Scholars Mentoring Program and the Have a Cup of Coffee Mentoring Program.

Member Directory

AAR members can find colleagues and make new connections via the member directory, which is searchable by first name, last name, institution, and research interests.

Program Units

Program Units are the organizing research bodies that create the Annual Meeting program each year.