Annual Meeting

2014 Annual Meeting in San Diego, Nov 22-25

The American Academy of Religion brings thousands of professors and students, authors and publishers, religious leaders and interested laypersons to its Annual Meeting each year. Co-hosted with the Society of Biblical Literature, the Annual Meetings are the largest events of the year in the fields of religious studies and theology.

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Call for Papers

The 2014 Call for Papers is published. Proposals are submitted through PAPERS, the AAR's Program Administration Proposal, Evaluation, Review, and Submission System. The extended deadline for submissions was Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at 5:00 pm EST. For help using PAPERS, instructions are available here (PDF) and on the PAPERS website. If you have questions, please contact the Annual Meeting team.
 

Call for Papers Text (Deadline: March 5)
Guidelines for Submitting Proposals
Writing a Successful Paper Proposal
Requirements for Participating at the Annual Meeting
Wildcard Sessions
Exploratory Sessions
90-Minute Sessions
Audiovisual Requests

AAR Call for Papers Text (Deadline: March 5)

Guidelines for Submitting Proposals

  • Step 1: Find a topic in the Call that interests you.
  • Step 2: Determine which type of proposal you wish to submit.

    • Paper proposal — A paper written by you (and possibly a coauthor) that you will present in response to a theme within a Program Unit’s Call.
    • Papers session proposal — A proposal of a complete session of different papers on a theme, complete with a presider, paper presentations, and (optionally) a respondent. Presenters in a papers session must submit their proposals to the papers session organizer, who in turn is responsible for inputting them into the Program Administration Proposal, Evaluation, Review, and Submission System (PAPERS).
    • Roundtable session proposal — A proposal of a complete session, including a presider, list of panelists, and (optionally) a respondent; all of whom will speak (ex tempore) on a common theme.
  • Step 3: Write your proposal and 150-word abstract. You have 1,000 words to make the case for your proposal. Paper sessions require a separate 1,000-word proposal for each paper in the session. The abstract will be listed in the online Program Book.
  • Step 4: Submit your proposal via the method requested by the Program Unit no later than Wednesday, March 5. A Participant Form is required for any proposal submitted outside of the online PAPERS system. Carefully note any audiovisual equipment you require before you submit your proposal.

    • PAPERS: Submit your 1,000-word proposal and 150-word abstract via the Program Administration Proposal, Evaluation, Review, and Submission System (PAPERS) system. NB: Do not place your name or other identifying remarks in the body of the proposal field or abstract field in PAPERS; this may endanger the anonymous review process of the Unit and acceptance of your proposal may be jeopardized. Your name and contact information is sent automatically with the proposal so you do not have to submit a separate participant form.
    • E-mail: Submit your 1,000-word proposal and 150-word abstract within the BODY of ONE single e-mail to the contacts listed in the unit's call (usually the Chairs). Click here to open the Participant Form for E-mail Submission. Please be sure you use the exact same title on the Participant Form for E-mail Submission as you do on the e-mailed proposal. Proposals received without the participant forms will be disqualified. Participant forms received without proposals or abstracts will also be disqualified. If you are requested by the Program Unit to submit a copy to both co-Chairs or Steering Committee members, follow the instructions listed. If no one person is specified, send your complete proposal to either one of the co-Chairs.
    • E-mail with Attachments: Submit your 1,000-word proposal, 150-word abstract, and Participant Form as attachments in one single e-mail. Please click here to open the Participant Form for E-mail Attachment Submission for your participant form. Be sure you use the exact same title on the Participant Form for E-mail Submission as you do on the attached proposal you e-mail. Proposals received without the participant forms will be disqualified. Participant forms received without proposals or abstracts will also be disqualified.
  • Step 5: Notification of your proposal's acceptance status for the Annual Meeting program will be sent by April 1, 2014.

PAPERS User Manual

Participation Requirements at the Annual Meeting:

  • Membership is not required to submit a proposal in response to the Call for Papers. However, all participants accepted to the program must be current (2014) AAR members and registered for the Annual Meeting by June 15, 2014. Membership waivers are available to participants working outside the field of the study or religion or participants from developing nations. Contact the program unit chair for more details on how to arrange a waiver.
  • Participants may appear no more than two times in any capacity (e.g. paper presenter, panelist, presider, or respondent.). The only exception is business meeting presiders.
  • A person can have only one role in a session. You cannot preside and present a paper in the same session.  The only exception is business meeting presiders
  • People can submit no more than two proposals in response to the Call for Papers.  This includes submitting the same proposal to two separate units or two different proposals to two different units.

Wildcard Sessions

Wildcard sessions are intended to be experimental, creative, or exploratory sessions that address an area of interest that does not naturally fall within the purview of an existent program unit.  These sessions offer members  direct access to the Annual Meeting program outside of the normal program unit structure.

Guidelines for Wildcards:

  • All wildcard sessions are 90 minutes in length and will be scheduled for Sunday afternoon at the Annual Meeting.
  • Wildcard sessions are accepted through PAPERS only.
  • Wildcard sessions must use one of the prearranged session proposal formats (papers or panel).
  • Make sure the wildcard session does not cover an area already covered by an existing program unit. If a proposal fits within an established program unit’s mission, the proposal will be forwarded to that unit.
  • The Program Committee evaluates all wildcard proposals. Notification of program acceptance will be announced by April 1, 2014.

Exploratory Sessions

All proposals for new Program Units must begin as exploratory sessions. An exploratory session is a complete prearranged session that provides a platform for a group of members to announce a line of inquiry new to the AAR program and to seek out others interested in pursuing it further. The proposal can be for a paper, panel, or other creative type of session format. Exploratory sessions are submitted through the Program Administration Proposal, Evaluation, and Review System (PAPERS), and must be submitted before March 5, 2014. Notification of program acceptance will be announced by April 1, 2014. Exploratory sessions that are accepted onto the program are then invited to submit an application for new unit status by November 30, 2014.

90-Minute Sessions

The Sunday afternoon schedule for the Annual Meeting program consists of three 90-minute sessions, scheduled for 1:00-2:30 PM; 3:00-4:30 PM; and 5:00-6:30 PM, and Tuesday morning consists of two 90-minute sessions, 8:30 AM-10:00 AM and 10:30 AM-12:00 PM.  AAR encourages creative and innovative proposals for these sessions. Some possibilities include; restricting a panel to two 30-minute papers followed by discussion; posting papers in advance to focus on discussion rather than presentation; topical panel discussions; discussion of a book or film; panel on teaching in the field; or workshop-style sessions.  The 90-minute format is perfect for hosting specialized conversations on an aspect of the field or “teaching” a topic to the audience.

Audiovisual Requests

The AAR recognizes the importance of using digital equipment during presentations. A limited number of meeting rooms are supplied with LCD projectors for connecting to a personal laptop or tablet. Additionally, some rooms will have the capacity to amplify audio from a presenter’s device. AAR encourages participants to bring or share a personal or departmental laptop or tablet to run any PowerPoint, CD, or DVD presentation. Free wifi access will be available in some properties, but for bandwidth-intensive applications, please request "Internet Access" in the Other: box in the PAPERS system. In order to ensure quality, video presentations should be downloaded to a native device and not streamed over the internet when possible. All AV requests must be received at the time of the proposal. Late requests cannot be accommodated.

Contact the AAR's Annual Meeting Team if you have additional questions.


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