Units are established to encourage the exploration of an area of study or methodology, to cultivate the relation between the study of religion and a cognate discipline, or to pursue a long-range and broad research project. Units are expected to experiment with the format of sessions at the Annual Meeting. Units are approved for five-year terms. Renewals are contingent on making the case that the unit’s work needs to continue. Some units may complete their work in five years; others may continue indefinitely. Units meet for one to six sessions of varying lengths, as determined by the Program Committee for each term.
You can find general descriptions of the Units, including their most recent call for proposals, and Unit Chairs' contact information on the AAR's PAPERS website.