2020 Regional Meetings

Open Calls for Papers:

Undergraduate Deadline: December 15, 2019

Upper Midwest
Deadline: December 31, 2019

Pacific Northwest
Deadline: January 3, 2020

Deadline: January 6, 2020

Deadline: January 10, 2020

New England-Maritimes
Deadline: January 19, 2020

Eastern International
Deadline: February 1, 2020

Open Registration:



Draft Revision to Statement on Academic Freedom

A number of recent legal cases, institutional decisions, and legislative proposals have posed new challenges to free inquiry in research and teaching. In turn, we want to make sure that AAR members feel free to address in their writing and in their teaching the most morally urgent but politically and religiously contested contemporary issues—from racial injustice and sexual discrimination to state violence and inter-religious conflict. So the AAR Board of Directors decided it should reaffirm the importance of academic freedom and revise our 2006 statement on that subject, “Academic Freedom and the Teaching of Religion.”

We have posted a draft statement for member comment in Religious Studies News. The statement will be available for comments until September 1. This draft statement is an initial attempt to produce a document that extends the earlier statement’s scope by dealing with research and service while also considering some of the most pressing current issues, including the status of social media and the appeals to professional civility.

We are posting and circulating this draft to promote conversation and elicit comments. We invite AAR members to make public comments on the draft posted in RSN. You may do so by logging in with your AAR Member ID and password below the policy text. You will be asked to identify yourself by name and your comments will be visible to all members who view the comments section. Alternatively, you may wish to send a private message to Thomas Tweed or Jack Fitzmier. To do so, send an e-mail to . Messages to this address will be forwarded to Thomas and Jack. Please note that all comments are subject to the AAR’s policies on commenting, which can be found here.