Dr. Charles H. Long (1926-2020)

Dr. Charles H. Long, Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies, University of California-Santa Barbara, and past president of the American Academy of Religion (1973), passed away on February 12, 2020. 

2019-2020 AAR Research Grant Winners Announced

The AAR’s Research Grants Jury is pleased to announce the recipients of the Individual and Collaborative Research Grants for the 2019-2020 cycle.

2019-2020 Collaborative International Research Grant Winners Announced

Join the AAR in congratulating the 2019-2020 Collaborative International Research Grant Winners.

Call for Proposals

The 2020 Call for Proposals for the 2020 Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachussetts is now open.

AAR Members Win NEH Grants

Congratulations to recent NEH grantees (and AAR members!) Amanda Baugh, Katharine Gerbner, Leor Halevi, Timothy Lubin, Karline McLain, Stephen Shoemaker, Jessica Starling, and Sufia Uddin. Read more about their winning projects.

2019 Post-Annual Meeting Survey

Last November, the AAR joined with SBL to host their 2019 Annual Meetings in San Diego, California. The AAR sent a satisfaction survey to all attendees at the conclusion of the meeting, and the results of that survey have now been published.

Devotional Sovereignty: Kingship and Religion in India

Caleb Simmons's book investigates the shifting conceptualization of sovereignty, religion, and mystical pasts in the South Indian kingdom of Mysore during the reigns of Tipu Sultan (1782–1799) and Krishnaraja Wodeyar III (1799–1868).

A Statement on the Situation in India in the Wake of the Citizen Amendment Act

The American Academy of Religion stands in solidarity with Indian colleagues and students who have suffered under these crackdowns, condemns the stifling of Indian colleagues’ freedom to peacefully dissent, and urges utmost restraint on the part of Indian security personnel. Read the full statement from the AAR Board of Directors.

AAR Professional Conduct Policy and Procedures

The AAR Board of Directors recently adopted new Professional Conduct Procedures, which build upon the AAR Professional Conduct Policy and go into effect January 1, 2020.

Thank You to Outgoing Program Unit Chairs (Term ended 2019)

The AAR would like to thank the Program Unit Chairs whose terms ended in 2019. We are very grateful for their dedicated service to the Academy!

AAR Board Statement on U.S. Executive Order "Combating Anti-Semitism"

The AAR Board of Directors issued a statement urging the Trump administration to rescind its recent Executive Order.

Thank You to Outgoing AAR Leadership

We are very grateful to the members of AAR leadership groups for their dedicated service. View the list of members whose terms end in calendar year 2019.

AAR Receives $1M Grant from The Henry Luce Foundation

The AAR has been awarded a three-year, $1M grant from The Henry Luce Foundation to advance public scholarship.

The Many Faces of a Himalayan Goddess: Hadimba, Her Devotees, and Religion in Rapid Change

Just published: Drawing on diverse ethnographic and textual materials gathered in the region from 2009 to 2017, Ehud Halperin's book is rich with myths and tales, accounts of dramatic rituals and festivals, and descriptions of everyday life in the celebrated but remote Kullu Valley.

Studying the Qurʾān in the Muslim Academy

Majid Daneshgar's new book examines what it is like to study and teach the Qur'an at academic institutions in the Muslim world, and how politics affect scholarly interpretations of the text.

Missionary Calculus Americans in the Making of Sunday Schools in Victorian India

Just published! New AAR/OUP Religion, Culture, and History series title from Anilkumar Belvadi. AAR members receive a 30% discount.

The AAR Publishes Religious Literacy Guidelines for College Graduates

The American Academy of Religion has published guidelines outlining what every undergraduate student should know about religion. Made possible through a grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the guidelines include suggested outcomes, FAQs, and other information designed to aid both faculty and administrators. Read the press release.

AAR Signs Joint Letter on U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI Interpretation

The American Academy of Religion has co-signed a letter with the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) and seventeen other scholarly societies expressing concern over the interpretation of Title VI by the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more.

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