2017 Annual Meeting, Nov 18-21

Plan to join your colleagues in beautiful Boston for the 2017 AAR & SBL Annual Meetings.

2017 Regional Meetings

Online registrations are open:

Deadline: March 1

New England-Maritimes
Deadline: April 8

Rocky Mountain-Great Plains
Deadline: March 19

Deadline: March 2

Deadline: March 10

Upper Midwest
Deadline: April 1

Deadline: March 16

Humanities Advocacy Day

Register by March 3 for the 2017 NHA Annual Meeting, March 13–14, Washington, DC.


Member Notes

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Books and Major Publications

Stafford Betty, California State University, Bakersfield

My new book, When Did You Ever Become Less by Dying? Afterlife: The Evidence (White Crow Books, 2016), introduces and analyzes the nine major types of extra-religious evidence for an afterlife. My interest here is not, What do the religions of the world have to say about an afterlife? but, What is the actual evidence for an afterlife? This is a new field of inquiry for most AAR members. I'll be presenting on the subject at the AAR/WR regional meeting next month.

Pierre Hurteau, Independent Scholar

My book Male Homosexualities and World Religions is now available in softcover. ISBN 978-1-349-47511-7, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

David Mellott, Lancaster Theological Seminary

Finding Your Way in Seminary: What to Expect, How to Thrive, Westminster John Knox Press, October 2016. Those considering seminary, those in seminary, and those preparing to graduate from seminary need help. They need help discerning their call, moving into the bewildering world of theological study, and balancing the competing claims of school, work, and family. This book is a valuable resource for those discerning whether to enter seminary, as well as an ideal textbook for introductory seminary or spiritual formation courses. The book provides information and guidance to those considering theological education, and introduces new seminarians to thinking theologically and provides practical guidance.

Adam Powell, Durham University

Dr. Powell, junior research fellow at Durham University (UK), has published Hans Mol and the Sociology of Religion (Routledge, 2017). The volume serves as an introduction to Mol’s theory of religious identity for a new generation of social scientists. Powell situates Mol’s ideas among competing social theorists of the mid-20th century and argues against a simple functionalist understanding of identity theory. The second half of the volume then offers four previously unpublished essays by Mol to demonstrate the scope and ambition of this 20th-century thinker.

Shadaab Rahemtulla, University of Wales: Trinity Saint David

Rahemtulla's book, Qur'an of the Oppressed: Liberation Theology and Gender Justice in Islam, was published this February by Oxford University Press. The book offers a comprehensive survey and analysis of the commentaries of four leading Muslim intellectuals who have turned to the Qur'an to confront the problem of social injustice, from poverty and patriarchy to empire, racism, and interreligious communal violence. Drawing on 80 primary sources, Rahemtulla explores the exegeses of the South African Farid Esack (b. 1956), the Indian Asghar Ali Engineer (1939–2013), the African American Amina Wadud (b. 1952), and the Pakistani American Asma Barlas (b. 1950), supplemented by in-depth interviews with each of them.

In Memoriam

Charles Reynolds (1938–2017), University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Charles Harlan Reynolds, Professor Emeritus, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, passed away on January 25, 2017, at the age of 78. Dr. Reynolds, a longtime member of the AAR, earned his PhD in religious studies from Harvard University in 1968. He joined the University of Tennessee, Knoxville religious studies department in 1969, where he served as head of the department for 21 years. He retired in 2009. Dr. Reynolds was known for his activism for justice and his dedication to the university. A highly respected teacher and scholar, he was the founding editor of the Journal of Religious Ethics. To learn more about Dr. Reynolds, please read the tribute posted on the UTK website.