Events

2020 Regional Meetings

Open Calls for Papers:

Midwest
Deadline: January 17, 2020

New England-Maritimes
Deadline: January 19, 2020

Eastern International
Deadline: February 1, 2020

Open Registration:

Mid-Atlantic

Midwest

Southeast

Book Award Juries

Charge:  To select the winners in the Awards for Excellence in the Study of Religion, Best First Book in the History of Religions, and the Religion and the Arts book prizes.

Composition:  Six juries of up to four members each. 

Term of Service:  Two years, renewable once for an additional two-year term (Prior to 2018: Four years, non-renewable)

Meetings Schedule:

  • Virtual meeting in summer via Zoom.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Book Award jurors participate in the following:

  • The book awards consist of six categories: four award categories in the Awards for Excellence in the Study of Religion, one award for the Best First Book in the History of Religions, and the Religion and the Arts. Jurors serve on just one of those six juries.
  • Jurors will read 5 to 7 shortlisted books over the summer.

Timeline of Activities:

  • Late February: Online library of submissions available to each jury’s chair. Chairs may use this library, which includes full publication information (with book description/abstract) to make a first round of cuts if they wish.
  • Mid-March: Books identified as second-round picks by the chairs are mailed to them.
  • April 15: Jury chairs provide their shortlists of 5 to 7 books. AAR contacts publishers to have review copies sent to the remaining jurors.
  • May through July: Juries read shortlisted titles, and the chair arranges deliberations with jurors in whatever format they wish. AAR can provide tele- or videoconference services.
  • July 31: Chair notifies AAR of the winner with a short supporting brief.
     
Staff Liaison Job Title Phone Number
Sarah Levine Associate Director of Publishing 404-727-3059

Analytical-Descriptive Studies Jury

Member Position Term Start Term End
Leslie Dorrough Smith Jury Member 2019 2020
Adil Hussain Khan Jury Member 2018 2021
Russell T. McCutcheon Chair 2019 2020
Suzanne Owen Jury Member 2019 2020

 

Constructive-Reflective Studies Jury

Member Position Term Start Term End
Emily Bailey Jury Member 2019 2020
Lori K. Pearson Jury Member 2020 2020
Ruben Rosario Rodriguez Jury Member 2018 2021
John Thatamanil Chair 2020 2020

 

Historical Studies Jury

Member Position Term Start Term End
Diane Apostolos-Cappadona Jury Member 2019 2020
Ray F. Kibler Jury Member 2019 2020
Paul Lim Chair 2019 2020
Anna Sun Jury Member 2020 2021

 

History of Religions Jury

Member Position Term Start Term End
Stephen Angell Jury Member 2017 2020
Robert Campany Chair 2020 2021
Christopher Moreman Jury Member 2019 2020

 

Textual Studies Jury

Member Position Term Start Term End
Emily Filler Jury Member 2020 2021
Aaron W. Hughes Chair 2020 2021
Zhange Ni Jury Member 2019 2020
Andrew Quintman Jury Member 2019 2020