2020 Regional Meetings

Open Calls for Papers:

Undergraduate Deadline: December 15, 2019

Deadline: December 16, 2019

Upper Midwest
Deadline: December 31, 2019

Pacific Northwest
Deadline: January 3, 2020

Deadline: January 10, 2020

New England-Maritimes
Deadline: January 19, 2020

Eastern International
Deadline: February 1, 2020

Open Registration:




A Note from Alice Hunt to AAR Members

This month marks my first in your service as executive director of the AAR. It is an honor for me to be part of our mission and to serve our members and the world around us. I am here because our mission matters in this world. It matters when we foster excellence in the academic study of religion and it matters when the public understanding of religion is strengthened and intensified. And these dual aspects of our mission matter by making the world a better place. 
While we have a strong history of success in service, I am eager for us to do more and to be more. Because of our firm foundation, we now have the opportunity to lean into the future in new ways as seen in our long-range plan—to cultivate and support a diverse community engaged in the academic study of religion, to promote the public understanding of religion, to widen accessibility to the nuances of religion, to advocate for the study of religion and the humanities and those who undertake it, and to strengthen our organization’s agility and transparency. We do this by standing firmly on our values of academic excellence and professional responsibility, diversity and inclusion, free inquiry and critical examination, and transparency and respect.
We find ourselves in a both/and time as we focus both on excellence in the academic study of religion and on the enhancement of understanding of religion in a wide variety of publics. We support both our students and members who serve as tenure (and tenure-track) faculty in traditional academic settings and our (majority of) members who are scholars of religion outside traditional, tenured, Research I settings. We support both colleges and universities and stand-alone graduate and professional schools. We want to have both an outstanding annual meeting and a membership that is connected 365 days a year.
Opportunities abound. We need to help equip our best resource—our 8000+ members—to speak effectively with their publics toward better understandings of religion. We need to grapple with the fact that 70% of courses are taught by contingent faculty. We need to provide support and advocacy for religious studies departments. We need to advocate for the humanities. We need to help academia contend with the priorities of diversity and inclusion. We need to strengthen our research to more effectively identify trends in the field. We need to help departments and institutions consider reward structures as scholarship continues to expand beyond traditional monographs. We need to more compellingly model productive conversations across differences. 
As longtime AAR member and former AAR staff member, Warren Frisina, says, “We have the field of religion because of the AAR.” Now it is the AAR’s time to make sure the field of religion thrives because of our relevance to the world around us.
Alice Hunt
AAR Executive Director