Annual Meeting

2017 Annual Meeting in Boston, Nov 18-21

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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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Guide to the 2017 AAR Annual Meeting in Boston

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Join us for the 2017 AAR and SBL Annual Meetings in Boston! More than 1,200 events—academic sessions, additional meetings, receptions, tours, and workshops—will be offered. All sessions will take place at the Hynes Convention Center and surrounding hotels. Registration, the Exhibit Hall, and the Employment Center are located in the Convention Center.

Annual Meeting Overview

    First-Time Attendee or International Member?

Noteworthy in 2017
    Print Your Name Badge Prior to Arrival
    Free Wi-Fi
    Mobile App
    Hotel Update
    Plenary Sessions on "Religion and the Most Vulnerable"
    Full Paper Submission Program
    Gender-Neutral Restrooms
    Instagram Photo Contest
    Complimentary Coffee Breaks

Before the Annual Meeting

    Remember to Pack…
    Plan Your Travel to the Annual Meeting
    Preparing Your Annual Meeting Presentation
    Audiovisual Requests

Getting Around Boston
    Rapid Transit Train – The T
    Bus
    Taxis
    Shared-Ride Cars and Vans
    Parking at the Convention Center

At the Annual Meeting

    Annual Meeting Shuttles
    Name Badges & Registration
    Program Book

At the Annual Meeting (cont'd)

    Hours of Operation
    Hotel Locations and Floor Plans
    Emergency Extensions at Hotels
    Exhibit Hall
        Search It Out
    Employment Center
    Fun, Games, and Helping Others
    Meeting and Networking with Colleagues
    Social Media Best Practices

Annual Meeting Services
    Child Care
    Food
    Internet
    Lounges
    Nursing Mothers
    Lost and Found

Accessibility
    Taxi Reimbursement
    Wheelchair or Scooter Rental

Need Help?

Beyond the Annual Meeting

    AAR Tours
    Restaurants
    Discounts: Show Your Badge
    Places of Worship


ANNUAL MEETING OVERVIEW

The Annual Meetings are cohosted by the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), making it the largest yearly convention of scholars in the fields of religious studies and theology. Combined, there are over 1,200 academic sessions offered by the AAR, SBL, and other related scholarly organizations.

  • First-Time Attendee or International Member? The AAR Annual Meeting can be overwhelming. This guide provides basic information about the meeting for new members and for those traveling from outside the United States.

The sessions, breakfasts, and receptions at this year’s Annual Meetings will be held in the Hynes Convention Center, Sheraton Boston, Marriott Copley Place, Westin Copley Place, Hilton Back Bay, Fairmont Copley Plaza, and Park Plaza. All locations are within walking distance of each other. (The Park Plaza is 0.5 miles from the Fairmont.) Registration, the Exhibit Hall, and the Employment Center will be in the Hynes Convention Center.

Facilities Addresses

Hynes Convention Center
Colonnade Hotel
Courtyard Downtown
Doubletree Downtown
Fairmont Copley Plaza
Hilton Back Bay
Hyatt Regency
Lenox Hotel
Marriott Copley Place
Park Plaza Hotel
Revere Hotel
Sheraton Boston
Westin Copley Place
900 Boylston St., 02115
120 Huntinton Ave., 02116
275 Tremont St., 02116
821 Washington St., 02111
138 St. James Ave., 02116
40 Dalton St., 02115
1 Avenue de Lafayette, 02111
61 Exeter St., 02116
110 Huntington Ave., 02116
50 Park Plaza, 02116
200 Stuart St., 02116
39 Dalton St., 02199
10 Huntington Ave., 02116

Noteworthy in 2017

Print Your Name Badge Prior to Arrival

Check your e-mail in early November for a special link to print your name badge and tote bag ticket to bring with you to Boston. In an effort to cut down on lines for badge reprints at registration, Annual Meeting name badges will no longer be sent via postal mail. Print and cut out both your name badge (two-sided with hotel emergency numbers on the back) and tote bag ticket before you leave home. When you arrive at the Hynes Convention Center, use your preprinted tote bag ticket to pick up a tote bag at the Tote Bag Window, located in the AAR and SBL registration area on the second level of the Hynes Convention Center, outside Exhibit Halls CD. Also in the registration area, you can pick up your lanyard and your name badge holder. Slip in your preprinted name badge in the badge holder and you're good to go. No need to stand in line at the Registration desk.

If you do not receive your name badge e-mail by November 13, please e-mail reg@aarweb.org to have it resent.

Free Wi-Fi!

The Hynes Convention Center will have complimentary Wi-Fi located throughout the meeting spaces. All the hotels have Internet access available in their business centers or guest rooms. The hotels may charge a fee to access the Internet in the guest rooms, and that information can be found on the Hotel Amenity Chart.

Mobile App

AAR and SBL Annual Meetings will have a free mobile app available. With the app, you can create and customize your schedule, make notes about sessions, search for participants, share your schedule with friends and colleagues, get interactive information about exhibitors, and much more. Schedule changes are downloaded in the background when Internet access is available. See the AAR website for information on downloading the free app. No smartphone or tablet? No worries: there is also a web-based version of the Mobile App.

For questions or help using the app, see the friendly onsite tech gurus at the Mobile App help desk in the Registration area in the Hynes Convention Center.

Hotel Update

October 19 is the deadline for the special conference rates. After that date, we can no longer accept reservations for housing, and you'll need to make your own arrangements. Should you want to stay at one of our conference hotels, they are not obligated to honor the special conference rates that were in effect prior to October 19. Contact reg@aarweb.org for up-to-date information.

Plenary Sessions on "Religion and the Most Vulnerable"

Eddie GlaudeJoin AAR President Eddie Glaude for a plenary panel on Protecting the Vulnerable on Campus (A18–301); his presidential address on Religion and the Most Vulnerable (A18–410); a plenary address by Deval Patrick (A18–409); a plenary panel on Recolonizing the Academy Under a Trump Presidency (A19–304); a plenary panel on Forcibly Displaced Syrians and Iraqis: What to Know about the Crisis and What You as a Religion Scholar Can Do (A20–153); and a plenary address by Linda Sarsour (A20–147). Session descriptions, participants, and times are here.

For a complete list of other sessions focused on the presidential theme, see the Annual Meeting Program Book.

AAR Full Paper Submission Program

Full Papers Submission ProgramThe full text of papers for more than ten sessions is being made available to AAR members in advance of the 2017 Annual Meeting. During these sessions, presenters will briefly summarize their arguments, with the bulk of the time given over to discussion. These papers are available only for the few weeks leading up to the Annual Meeting. After November 21, they will be removed from the website. These pages and documents are inaccessible to search engines such as Google, so please do not share these files elsewhere.

Gender-Neutral Restrooms

ALL PERSON, ALL ACCESS restrooms are available on the third floor of the Hynes Convention Center, the third floor of the Sheraton Boston, the fifth floor of the Marriott Copley Place, and the third floor of the Hilton Back Bay. AAR recognizes that there are members of our community who may feel more comfortable in an all-gender restroom. The all-gender restrooms are marked with special signage during the Annual Meetings.

 

Instagram Photo Contest

Instagram LogoAAR and SBL will be hosting an Instagram photo contest during the 2017 Annual Meetings in Boston! Start looking for the items listed below, snap a photo with your phone, iPad or other device, and upload it to Instagram using the following hashtag #AARSBL17. Winners will be chosen daily. Valuable prizes such as gift cards and 2018 Annual Meeting registrations will be available to the winners!

How to Play

1. First, make sure your Instagram profile is Public so we can see your picture.
2. Second, snap a photo at the locations listed below to enter. Add the hashtag #AARSBL17 to the description or in your comments so we will be able to view it!

  • Prizes will be awarded daily beginning Friday, November 17th.
  • Daily Prizes include Starbucks and Amazon gift cards.
  • All photos must be uploaded no later than 12:00 PM EST, Tuesday, November 21st.
  • The more photos you take, the more chances you will have to be entered to win the Grand Prize – Complimentary Registration to the 2018 Annual Meetings hosted by SBL & AAR in Denver!
  • Winners will be contacted via Instagram daily so be sure to check your account!

Photo Contest

1. Take a photo of the Exhibit Hall Entrance, Annual Meeting Tote Bag or Program Book.
2. Take a photo with your favorite session author, presenter or panelist.
3. Take a photo of you buying a book.
4. Take a photo of your favorite Boston meal (i.e., lobster, clam chowder, Boston crème pie, etc.)
5. Networking matters. Introduce yourself to someone new and snap a selfie.
6. Take a photo of your favorite Boston landmark.
7. Take a selfie at a Sponsor’s booth (for a list of sponsors see your Annual Meeting Program Book).
8. Take a shoefie (photo of your shoes) with a Boston Freedom Trail marker.
9. Take a photo of the (real) bridge on our Program Book cover, or of the bridge on Annual Meeting signage or props.

Not sure what Instagram is or how to upload it? Check it out at Instagram.com or upload it to your mobile device through Google Play or iTunes App Store. And follow us on Instagram at #AARSBL17 to see updates throughout the meeting. 

Complimentary Coffee Breaks

Complimentary coffee will be served in the back of the Exhibit Hall on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 .pm., and on Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. 

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BEFORE THE ANNUAL MEETING

Remember to Pack:

  • Your Name Badge: Check your e-mail in early November for a special link to print your name badge and tote bag ticket to bring with you to Boston. If you bring these items to the Annual Meeting, you will not need to stand in line for registration. When you arrive at the Hynes Convention Center, use your tote bag ticket to pick up a tote bag at the Tote Bag Window, located in the AAR and SBL registration area on the second level of the Hynes Convention Center, outside Exhibit Halls CD. In the registration area you can also find bins containing lanyards and badge holders. Take those, slip in your name badge, and enjoy the rest of the Annual Meeting! Make sure to wear your badge at all Annual Meetings events—it helps people identify you, and there are some sessions with extra security where badges will be checked.
  • Your Program Book: Program Books were mailed to everyone who registered before August 29 and did not check the "Do not send me a Program Book" box. There is a very limited supply available onsite, so don't leave your copy at home!
  • Check out other helpful tips on what to pack for your trip.

Plan your Travel to the Annual Meeting

Most attendees are coming to Boston by airplane and we have discounted flight information, airport transfer options, and general getting-around-the-city information here.

Preparing Your Annual Meeting Presentation

AAR has several helpful tips on preparing your presentation.

Audiovisual Requests

Audiovisual equipment rental costs have increased dramatically at the Annual Meeting. Recognizing that the majority of Annual Meeting audiovisual presentations involve PowerPoint or computer presentations, the AAR chose to support this trend by providing a limited number of meeting rooms with LCD projectors that can be connected to a participant’s personal laptop. AAR does not provide computers, but encourages participants to bring their personal or departmental laptops or communicate with members of the same session in order to share computer use. A podium microphone will be placed in all rooms set for 60 people or more. If your session is scheduled in the Convention Center, free wireless Internet access will be available. However, in order to ensure quality, video presentations should be downloaded to your laptop and not streamed over the Wi-Fi, as it may not be capable (depending on the number of users) of reliably supporting high-bandwidth applications. We do not provide laser pointers.

If you requested audiovisual equipment, you will receive an e-mail confirmation in October with details.

Late AV Requests

After July 31, each presenter who requests AV will be charged a $100 fee per request. After September 30, AV costs are the responsibility of the participant, and they will be directed to the AV provider to pay the actual cost of the equipment requested.

Before the Meeting

To check your audiovisual request at this year's Annual Meeting, check here and view your session information.

During the Meeting

If your room does not have the requested equipment or it is malfunctioning, contact PRG Audiovisual.

The PRG Audiovisual offices are located at:

Hynes Convention Center – 206
Sheraton Boston-Beacon D (3rd Level)
Marriott Copley Place- Nantucket (4th Level)
Hilton Back Bay-Board Room (2nd Level)
Westin Copley Place-Independence A (4th Level)

If you plan to use a Macintosh computer, please bring any cables or adapters you own, as these are not standard across all types of Macintoshes, and we have a limited supply. If you plan on using a Mac and do not own adapters or cables, stop by the PRG Audiovisual office in the appropriate facility well before your session to let them know of your need. They will then make sure that their audiovisual techs have the correct adapter ready for your session.

If there is a need to add equipment not originally requested, participants may do so at their own expense by contacting the audiovisual company. Costs for onsite equipment can be prohibitive.

Contact the Annual Meeting Team if you have additional questions.

Getting Around Boston

There are several transportation options to travel between the airport and your hotel, as well as around downtown Boston.

Airport Transfers – Boston International Airport (BOS)

Rapid Transit Train – The T

There are a few ways to get from the airport on (mostly) the subway. The Silver Line is a bus, but all other colored routes on this page are trains: http://mbta.com/uploadedfiles/Documents/Schedules_and_Maps/Rapid%20Transit%20w%20Key%20Bus.pdf. Please use a mapping program or contact your hotel to determine the best route to get there. A one-way fare is $2.75. More information can be found here: https://www.massport.com/logan-airport/to-and-from-logan/public-transportation

Bus

The Back Bay Logan Express runs from the Hynes Convention Center to the airport every twenty minutes and costs $7.50. It is a blue shuttle with orange accents. More information is here: https://www.massport.com/logan-airport/to-and-from-logan/logan-express/back-bay

Taxis

Taxis are available at each terminal on Arrivals Level (curbside). Fares to the Hynes average at $33, plus tip, not during rush hour.

Shared-Ride Car Service (such as Uber or Lyft)

Boston (BOS) is one of the airports that allows shared-ride services to pick up at the airport. Each of the four terminals has a designated area for pickup. See here for more information: https://www.massport.com/logan-airport/to-and-from-logan/app-ridetnc. An average fare is $22 not riding during rush hour.

Shared-Ride Vans

See Shuttle Services recommended by Boston Logan Airport here: https://www.massport.com/logan-airport/to-and-from-logan/ground-transportation/.

Parking at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center

The Convention Center is located at 900 Boylston Street. Within a three-block walk of the Hynes Convention Center are numerous parking garages totaling over 4,400 spaces. There is also limited meter parking available around the Hynes and adjacent streets. See here for nearby garages.

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AT THE ANNUAL MEETING

Annual Meeting Shuttles

There will be a shuttle to and from select hotels: Courtyard Downtown, Doubletree Downtown, Hyatt Regency, Park Plaza, and the Revere Hotel to the Hynes Convention Center. Attendees who book at one of these hotels through the AAR & SBL registration process will receive a 7-day T (subway) pass on a first-come, first serve basis.

AAR & SBL Shuttle Hours

Date AM Shuttle PM Shuttle
Saturday, 11/18 6 am-10 am 5 pm-9 pm
Sunday, 11/19 6 am-10 am 5 pm-9 pm
Monday, 11/20 6 am-10 am 5 pm-9 pm
Tuesday, 11/21 7:30 am-12:30 pm N/A

If you have difficulty walking long distances, please see our Accessibility Information page for information on distances between buildings and on scooter rental.

Name Badges & Registration

Registration is located on the second level of the Hynes Convention Center, outside Exhibit Halls CD.

  • Name badges will be sent via e-mail link in November. Be sure and print the name badge page and cut out your badge (two-sided) and tote bag ticket prior to arriving in Boston. If you would like your badge printed for you at Registration, reprints from the Registration Desk will cost $5 each time.

Program Book

The Program Book is your primary guide to all academic sessions, breakfasts, and receptions officially sponsored at the Annual Meetings. Program Books were mailed to everyone who registered before August 29 and did not check the "Do not send me a Program Book" box.

Thank you to the AAR registrants who opted out of receiving a Program Book and the additional registrants who opted not to have a Program Book printed for them at all. This is a tremendous help in our quest to make the Annual Meeting greener!

Last minute changes to the program will be highlighted in the At-A-Glance printed supplement, which will be available in the Registration area. 

You can search for sessions of interest in other ways, as well. The AAR has posted a searchable Program Book online where you are able to search for sessions by keyword and session type. Visit http://papers.aarweb.org/program_book.

PLEASE BRING YOUR PROGRAM BOOK TO BOSTON WITH YOU, AS WE HAVE A LIMITED SUPPLY.

The Annual Meetings Mobile App is the most functional and up-to-date way to search for specific topics, speakers, and program unit sessions.

Hours of Operation

AAR and SBL Program Schedule

AAR, SBL, and Additional Meeting Sessions will be held in the Hynes Convention Center, Sheraton Boston, Marriott Copley Place, Westin Copley Place, Hilton Back Bay, Fairmont Copley Plaza, and Park Plaza.

Program Unit Sessions  
Saturday, November 18 9:00 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 19 9:00 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Monday, November 20 9:00 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 21 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
   
Onsite Registration and Tote Bag Pick-up  
Hynes Convention Center Lobby
outside Halls CD (2nd Level)
 
Friday, November 17 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Saturday, Novemer 18 8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 19 8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Monday, November 20 8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 21 8:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
   
Exhibit Hall  
Hynes Convention Center – Exhibit Halls CD  
Saturday, November 18 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 19 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Monday, November 20 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 21 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
   
Employment Center  
Hynes Convention Center Ballroom (3rd Level)  
Saturday, November 18 8:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 19 8:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Monday, November 20 8:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

Hotel Locations and Floor Plans

Primary Meeting Locations

Most AAR and SBL sessions will be held in three locations: Hynes Convention Center, Sheraton Boston, and Marriott Copley Place. The Employment Center will be located at the Hynes Convention Center. Additional meetings and receptions will be primarily held at the Westin Copley Place, Hilton Back Bay, Fairmont Copley Plaza, and Park Plaza. 

Accessibility Information

Location Map of Convention Center and Hotels

Floor Plans for the Convention Center and Hotels

Street Addresses of Meeting Facilities

Emergency Telephone Extensions at Hotels

The SBL and AAR seek to foster an environment at our Annual Meetings that is safe, inclusive, and respectful. If you or someone you know is in imminent danger or experiencing verbal or physical assault, or in case of any other emergency in one of the Annual Meeting venues, contact security in the building in which you require assistance. In addition, trauma counselors are available by calling (855) 484-2846 from a US telephone.

Venue In House Extension Outside Number
Fairmont Copley Plaza 0 617-267-5300
Hilton Back Bay 0 617-236-1100
Hynes Convention Center x2111 617-954-2111
Marriott Copley Place x6666 617-937-5641
Park Plaza x4444 617-457-2307
Sheraton Boston x1000 617-236-6025
Westin Copley Place x7777 781-570-9378

Exhibit Hall

A priority for anyone attending the Annual Meetings is a visit to the Exhibit Hall. The Exhibit Hall is located on the second floor of the Hynes Convention Center in Exhibit Halls CD. The AAR booth is #2604. For an index of exhibitors and the Exhibit Hall floor plan, see here.

Why visit the Exhibit Hall?

  • Publishers feature the newest, latest, and greatest publications within the field.
  • Publishers often offer deep discounts off list prices at the meeting!
  • Free coffee!

Search It Out!
Looking for a specific book or publisher? Look no farther than the Search It Out kiosks spread throughout the Exhibit Hall. This kiosk offers a searchable database of books, authors, and publishers. The results will appear on a map of the exhibit floor, highlighting the name and location of the publisher.

The kiosk can also display the Exhibit Hall map with a complete list of publishers for reference. You can find a list of exhibitors and an Exhibit Hall map in the Program Book, the At-A-Glance, the Mobile App, and here.

Employment Center

As the learned society representing the most comprehensive membership in the field of the study of religion, the American Academy of Religion sponsors a variety of services that assist individuals and institutions in the employment process. For any questions related to employment services, please contact careers@aarsbl.org. Held every year at the AAR and SBL Annual Meetings, the Employment Center provides services designed to facilitate communication between hiring institutions and job candidates. The Employment Center, located in the Hynes Convention Center's Ballroom, features job listings, candidate credentials for review, a message center, and an interview facility. http://www.aarsbl.org/

Fun, Games, and Helping Others At the Annual Meeting

There are chances to play a game or win a prize at the Annual Meeting! Don't miss out on the fun.

Enter to Win in the Exhibit Hall!

Plan to visit the AAR booth (#2604) and drop off your business card to enter three drawings:

  • The 2017 AAR Award Winning Books
  • Free 2018 AAR membership
  • Free 2018 Annual Meetings registration

Instagram Photo Contest

Instagram LogoAAR and SBL are hosting an Instagram photo contest during the 2017 Annual Meetings. Winners will be chosen daily. Valuable prizes such as gift cards and a 2018 Annual Meeting registration will be awarded. Join in and have a great time!
 

Contribute to the Annual Meeting Soap/Donation Drive

Soap

The AAR and SBL are partnering with the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority’s Conventions C.A.R.E. program to donate goods to the diverse neighborhoods of historic Boston, where needs are sometimes great.

By donating useable materials to our Conventions C.A.R.E. program, you’ll be helping scores of non-profit organizations throughout the city and the region. Not only will your materials be put to good re-use, but you’ll be cutting back on your event’s environmental impact by diverting waste from local landfills. Plus, it saves you the time and expense of shipping unneeded goods back home. The Convention Center already recycles and donates abandoned property. With your help, we can do even more.

It’s easy. Look for the bright blue bins spread around the show floor at “Product Donation Stations.” The bins are marked with the “CONVENTIONS C.A.R.E.” logo. Then, simply leave your clean, useable, non-perishable donations in the bin. They can include clothing, convention bags, medical supplies, non-perishable food, office products, and toiletries.

We’ll take over the rest, arranging the assignment and transport of your donations. The program supports several local non-profits, directly benefiting some of the neediest residents in their community. By working together, we can show Boston charities that the AAR and SBL care.

Meeting and Networking with Colleagues

Look Who's Coming and Social Media

The AAR website allows you to search for friends and colleagues who might be attending the Annual Meetings. Go to www.aarweb.org/look-whos-coming to see who’s coming to the Annual Meetings!

Take your Annual Meetings experience to the web! Use #aarsbl17 to continue the conversation on Twitter or the AAR’s Facebook page. See here for social media best practices at the meeting.

LGBTIQ Mentoring Lunch (A18–146)
Saturday - 11:45 AM–12:45 PM, Hynes Convention Center-302 (Third Level)
All students and junior scholars who identify outside of normative gender histories and/or sexualities are welcome to join us for an informal lunch. No fee or pre-registration is required. Please bring your own lunch; a cash-and-carry station will be available near the room for those wishing to buy their lunches onsite. The roundtable leaders listed were confirmed attendees as of April; other senior scholars in the field may be joining us as well. Topics for discussion include: Demystifying Tenure, Service and the Subtle Art of Saying No, Scholarship and Activism, Navigating Queer and Religion in the Curriculum, Teaching While Queer: Out and Subversive Actions During the Age of Attacks and Alternative Facts, Dual Vocation, The Writing Process.

Contingent Faculty Luncheon: What Can Non-tenure-track Faculty Career Growth Look Like? (A18–145)
Saturday - 11:45 AM–12:45 PM, Hynes Convention Center-108 (Plaza Level)
Part-time, full-time, and all non-tenure-track faculty and their allies are invited to join the Academic Labor and Contingent Faculty Working Group for lunch. In addition to getting to know one another, we will be discussing best practices for career growth, identifying and overcoming obstacles to scholarship, and providing other up-to-date information on areas of concern. Please join us Saturday, November 18, 11:45 am–12:45pm. Registration for the lunch costs $13 per person and is limited to 60 people. To register for this luncheon, choose "Academic Labor and Contingent Faculty Luncheon" in the “Options” section when registering for the Annual Meeting. If you have already registered for the Annual Meeting, you may contact reg@aarweb.org to reserve your lunch.

Applied Religious Studies Breakfast (A19–2)
Sunday - 7:30 AM–8:45 AM, Hilton Boston Back Bay-Maverick A (Second Level)
AAR members who apply their degrees to work outside of the academy, or students who are interested in an alternative career path are welcome to meet and greet each other at this breakfast hosted by the AAR’s Applied Religious Studies Committee. Please RSVP by Friday, November 3, by emailing annualmeeting@aarweb.org.

Women's Mentoring Luncheon (A19–141)
Sunday - 11:45 AM–12:45 PM, Hynes Convention Center-302 (Third Level)
Women who are graduate students and new scholars are invited to a luncheon with over thirty womanist, feminist, and LGTIQ mid career and senior scholars. Women will have the opportunity to mentor and be mentored in a context where every question is valued. The lunch costs $13 per person; sorry, no refunds. Registration is required and is limited to 100.

Connecting Conversations Luncheon (A20–149)
Monday - 11:45 AM–12:45 PM, Hynes Convention Center-302 (Third Level)
The Status of People with Disabilities in the Profession Committee (PWD) will host a luncheon for scholars and students with disabilities, as well as anyone interested in disability issues in the Academy. The lunch will follow our Special Topics Forum on Toilet Justice: Peeing and the Politics of Marginalized Bodies. Please join us Monday, November 20, 11:45 am-12:45 pm to continue the conversation about the intersection of activism and the Academy, as well as to discuss other issues related to disability and academic life. The luncheon will also offer opportunities for mentoring and informal connections with colleagues. Registration for the lunch costs $13 and is limited to 60 people.

Students
The Graduate Student Committee has provided information for student members attending the Annual Meeting.

Drop By to Say "Hello!"
Feel free to drop by AAR booth #2604 in the Exhibit Hall to meet your regional coordinator or an AAR ambassador. Find out how you can become more involved in the AAR throughout the year!

Social Media Best Practices

AAR and SBL promote the academic study of religion and the bible across many channels: print, online, and the Annual Meeting. Social media outlets, especially "live-tweeting," can be an important means for continuing the conversation beyond the audience of an Annual Meeting session. These guidelines are intended to craft a forum that encourages an open discussion while maintaining the integrity of the scholar's work.

  1. Attendees are encouraged to live-tweet at the Annual Meeting using the official 2016 Annual Meeting hashtag (#aarsbl17).
  2. Program unit chairs are invited to create hash tags for the unit to be published in the Annual Meeting Program Book.
  3. Presenters may request that the presentation not be broadcast across social media. Similar to a presenter's requests not to be filmed or recorded, attendees are asked to respect the presenters' wishes.
  4. Attribution is key. List the speaker's name and presentation title; refer to a social media handle, if known.
  5. Clearly define where the idea originated. Note direct quotes within quotation marks. Make it clear when you are summarizing an argument and when you respond with your own opinion or interpretation of it. Note when the presentation is over.
  6. Be respectful, even if you disagree.
  7. Keep the dialogue going—bring responses from social media into the meeting session (e.g., ask questions posed to the author from the Twittersphere) and remember to use the meeting hashtag (#aarsbl17) so you can see who is responding to the same session you are.

Annual Meeting Services

Child Care

KiddieCorp childcare is a service subsidized by the AAR and SBL for members with families attending the Annual Meeting. The childcare preregistration deadline is October 20. 

Food at the Annual Meeting

For a restaurant guide for great dining choices in Boston, especially the Back Bay neighborhood, see here. A Food Court will be available in the Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium of the Hynes Convention Center, adjacent to the Exhibit Hall. For lunch restaurants nearby, see here. The Prudential Center, which is attached to the Hynes Convention Center, the Sheraton Boston, and the Marriott Copley Place, houses a number of restaurants that can provide fast and inexpensive meal options for attendees.

Internet Access

Need to check your e-mail or use the web? Free Wi-Fi is available in the Hynes Convention Center. All the hotels have Internet access available in their business centers or guest rooms. The hotels may charge a fee to access the Internet in the guest rooms, and that information can be found on the Hotel Amenity Chart.

Lounges

  • Prayer Room, Sheraton Boston – Exeter B: For people of all faiths who need a moment of prayer, quiet reflection, or meditation.
  • Women's Lounge, Hynes Convention Center – 305: Featuring special programming sponsored by the Women's Caucus.
  • Student Lounge, Hynes Convention Center – 303: Special programming sponsored by the Graduate Student Committee.
  • International Members Lounge, Sheraton Boston – Exeter A

Nursing Mothers

Nursing mothers are welcome to nurse wherever you feel comfortable feeding your child. If you are looking for a more private space, you can use the conference room on the Third Level of the Sheraton Boston.

Lost and Found

Please give any lost items to the staff at the Registration desk located in the Hynes Convention Center lobby outside Halls CD. On Tuesday at noon, all items will be turned over to Convention Center security.

Accessibility

AAR members with disabilities or any attendees who may have difficulty getting around the meeting are encouraged to note this during registration. AAR will make every reasonable attempt to accommodate you, whether by arranging services such as sign language interpreters, assigning accessible hotel room space, or through the AAR’s taxi reimbursement policy. You can visit the Annual Meeting accessibility web page to see a complete list of ways AAR will work with you to make your Annual Meeting accommodate your needs. Please contact Soraya Shahrak, Associate Director of Meetings, at SShahrak@aarweb.org if you have any questions.

Detailed accessibility information for the Boston meeting is here: https://www.aarweb.org/annual-meeting/accessibility-information-for-annual-meetings.

Taxi Reimbursement

AAR and SBL will reimburse attendees with disabilities for the cost of a private taxi or ride-share service to travel between official AAR meeting locations, if needed. To receive the reimbursement, please submit all receipts with a letter detailing the nature of your disability, your departure point, and your destination. Only travel between official Annual Meeting locations (i.e., hotels and convention center) will be covered. Questions may be directed to SShahrak@aarweb.org.

Wheelchair or Electric Scooter Rental

Attendees who wish to rent a wheelchair or electric scooter for use during the Annual Meeting are welcome to contact the following provider to arrange for service:

Boston Orthopedic Respiratory (http://www.aaawheelchair.com/index.html) is offering attendees a special rate for the Annual Meeting. Please be sure to tell them that you are with the AAR & SBL to get the special rate of $105 for a five-day rental for an electric scooter. Manual wheelchairs are available as well—please inquire as to price. Boston Orthopedic Respiratory will deliver and pick up the wheelchair or scooter to your hotel for $20. Please call Seval Yelaun at 617-337-5133 or 800-854-6370 or 857-258-0080 to make individual arrangements. They suggest that you make your reservation as soon as possible to ensure availability.

Onsite Accessibility Issues

Should you encounter an accessibility issue at the Annual Meeting, please notify the hotel’s front desk so they can get the issue resolved. You may also report the problem at the AAR and SBL Registration Desk located in the Hynes Convention Center lobby, outside of Halls CD, Friday 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday through Monday 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Tuesday 8:00 to 10:00 a.m., or email reg@aarweb.org.

Need Help?

If you have questions about the program, your membership, or events at the Annual Meeting, the staff at the AAR Member Services desk, located in the Registration area of the Hynes Convention Center, will be able to assist you. You can also seek help at the AAR booth #2604 in the Exhibit Hall.

You might find the answer to your question on the Annual Meetings Frequently Asked Questions page.

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BEYOND THE ANNUAL MEETING – Things to Do in Boston

Tours

The following Annual Meeting tours still have space available. For up-to-date information, e-mail reg@aarweb.org.

  • Museum of African American History, MLK Archive Friday, Nov. 17 11:00 am–4:00 pm and 12:30 pm–5:30 pm, $15
  • Boston City Tour Friday, Nov. 17 1:00 pm–5:00 pm, $35
  • Yoga Class Saturday, Nov. 18 7:00 am–8:00 am, $25
  • Museum of Fine Arts Saturday, Nov. 18 9:30 am–12:00 pm, $36
  • Back Bay Wine Tasting Tour Saturday, Nov. 18 1:45 pm–4:15 pm, $85
  • Haunted Boston Ghost Walk Saturday, Nov. 18 7:00 pm–9:30 pm, $25
  • Freedom Trail’s Revolutionary Women Walk Sunday, Nov. 19 1:00 pm–3:30 pm, $20
  • Historical Houses of Worship in Boston’s Back Bay Monday, Nov. 20 1:00 pm–5:30 pm, $25

Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. To see a description of each tour, see this PDF. To sign up for a tour, e-mail reg@aarweb.org. Sorry, no refunds.

Restaurants

For a restaurant guide for great dining choices in Boston, especially the Back Bay neighborhood, see here. A Food Court will be available in the Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium of the Hynes Convention Center, adjacent to the Exhibit Hall. For lunch restaurants nearby, see here. The Prudential Center, which is attached to the Hynes Convention Center, the Sheraton Boston, and the Marriott Copley Place, houses a number of restaurants that can provide fast and inexpensive meal options for attendees.

Jewish Shabbat meals and services will be available at the conference. Advance registration and payment is required for meals. For information or to register, please e-mail shabbat@sbl-site.org

Show Your Badge

The city of Boston is offering discounts at local restaurants and attractions! For a list of all the offers, see here.

Places of Worship

There is a nondenominational prayer and reflection space located at Sheraton Boston – Exeter B. For a list of local religious services, see here. Please note, this is not a comprehensive list of places of worship in Boston.

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