2019 Annual Meeting, Nov 23-26

The 2019 Annual Meeting will be in San Diego, CA, November 23-26. Register Now!

2020 Regional Meetings

Open Calls for Papers:

Rocky Mountains-Great Plains
Deadline: November 4, 2019

Pacific Northwest
Deadline: November 15, 2019

Undergraduate Deadline: December 15, 2019

Deadline: December 16, 2019

Upper Midwest
Deadline: December 31, 2019

Deadline: January 10, 2020

Eastern International
Deadline: February 1, 2020

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History of Religions Lectures

American Lectures in the History of Religions (ALHR)

2016 Lecturer: Fatemeh Keshavarz, Unsilencing the Sacred: Conversations with the Divine (Notre Dame, Indiana and Chicago, Illinois, October 24–28, 2016) | Final Lecture Video | Radio Rumi Podcast

2014 Lecturer: Catherine L. Albanese, In an American Kaleidoscope: Revisiting Two Centuries of American Religious History (Atlanta, Georgia, April 7–11, 2014)

2013 Lecturer: John G. Gager, Jr., Winners and Losers in the Making of Early Christianity (Atlanta, Georgia, April 1–5, 2013)

Founded in 1891 to encourage path-breaking scholarship through a lecture and book series, the American Lectures in the History of Religions flourished under the auspices of the American Council of Learned Societies and Columbia University from 1936. At the request of the ACLS, the American Academy of Religion assumed administrative responsibility for the series in 1994.

At the conclusion of the lectures, many of the lecturers have had their lectures published through Columbia University Press.

Some of these publications are

The lecture series operates under the auspices of the AAR's American Lectures in the History of Religions Committee.