Annual Meeting

2017 Annual Meeting in Boston, Nov 18-21


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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Travel Visa Statement

Subject: 2017 Annual Meeting Participation and Travel Requirements

The participation of non-US members in the AAR Annual Meeting has grown considerably. This has created a rich exchange of ideas and relationships—a value to every member and to the Academy as a whole. AAR continues to do everything it can to broaden participation and enrich this experience in order for us to foster international religious studies scholarship.

We also recognize that non-US citizens traveling to the United States are facing changing travel guidelines. As the situation evolves, we urge all attendees to inquire about Visa requirements in relation to their home countries. The following are important links to information on Visa resources and processes:

Since 2016 there have been changes to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) as well as potential changes to the Visa Interview Waiver Program. Since these changes may have the cumulative effect of delaying Visa applications, we urge members to apply for a Visa or inquire about the status of a VWP well in advance of the Annual Meeting and as soon as possible.

Official letters of invitation to the Annual Meeting to support Visa applications are available. Please indicate during registration in the “Letter of Invitation” portion if you would like to request a letter. If you have questions, you may e-mail after you have completed registration to obtain more details about the information required.

Please note that AAR will fully refund registration fees with no penalty to AAR members in good standing whose Visa applications are denied or who are otherwise restricted from entering the United States. For full refund, members must provide a copy of the Visa rejection.


Jack Fitzmier
Executive Director