2017 Annual Meeting, Nov 18-21

Plan to join your colleagues in beautiful Boston for the 2017 AAR & SBL Annual Meetings. Regular rates end November 16. Register today!

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2018 Regional Meetings

The following Calls for Papers are open:

Deadline: December 15

Rocky Mountain-Great Plains
Deadline: October 27

Southeast (SECSOR)
Deadline: October 15

Southwest (SWCRS)
Deadline: October 15

Upper Midwest
Deadline: January 6

Deadline: October 1

2017 National Humanities Conference

Register by October 27 for the NHC conference in Boston.


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Books and Major Publications

Dyron Daughrity, Pepperdine University

"I will not recant anything." -- Martin Luther
Martin Luther: A Biography for the People (Abilene, TX: Abilene Christian University Press, 2017) is a fresh retelling of one the most significant figures of the last millennium. Carefully researched and written in lively prose, this 320-page full biography traces: Luther's early life, education, years as a monk, and teaching career; his conflicts with political and religious authorities; the publication of his 95 Theses and narrow escape from death in the aftermath; his soaring gifts yet unsettling flaws; and his impact on our world today, from Bible translation to anti-Semitism.

Sarah Eltantawi, Evergreen State College

Published Shariʼah on Trial: Northern Nigeria's Islamic Revolution with the University of California Press in April, 2017.

Pauline Lee, Saint Louis University

We are excited Columbia University Press (2016) has published our A Book to Burn and A Book to Keep (Hidden): Selected Writings. At last, the writings of Li Zhi, one of China's great thinkers and colorful troublemakers, is now available in English translation. Edited and translated by Rivi Handler-Spitz, Pauline C. Lee, and Haun Saussy.

Robert N. McCauley, Emory University

Philosophical Foundations of the Cognitive Science of Religion: A Head Start, with E. Thomas Lawson, Bloomsbury, 2017.

Justin R Ritzinger, University of Miami

Anarchy in the Pure Land: Reinventing the Cult of Maitreya in Modern Chinese Buddhism (Oxford University Press, 2017) investigates the twentieth-century reinvention of the cult of Maitreya, the future Buddha, conceived by the reformer Taixu and promoted by the Chinese Buddhist reform movement. The cult presents an apparent anomaly: It shows precisely the kind of concern for ritual, supernatural beings, and the afterlife that the reformers supposedly rejected in the name of "modernity." This book shows that, rather than a concession to tradition, the reimagining of ideas and practices associated with Maitreya was an important site for formulating a Buddhist vision of modernity.