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:

Deadline: October 1, 2019

Deadline: October 1, 2019

Deadline: October 15, 2019

Pacific Northwest
Deadline: January 20, 2020


Wade Clark Roof: 2019 Marty Award Winner

Wade Clark Roof, Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies and Founding Director of the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life at the University of California Santa Barbara, is the recipient of the 2019 Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion. Read more.

On Academic Freedom

The AAR Board of Directors has issued a statement affirming its commitment to academic freedom worldwide. Read the full statement.

Opposing Quebec’s Bill 21

Statement of the AAR Board of Directors: "We join with other political leaders, academics, and human rights advocates in opposing this new law. The values of pluralism and equality are key to modern democratic societies, and all members of society should be encouraged to participate fully in public life, including the core mission of public education. This legislation runs counter to those fundamental civic values." Read the full statement.

Spotlight on Teaching

New issue: Contemplative Pedgagoy in the Religious Studies Classroom, with an introduction by Sarah Jacoby and articles by Candy Gunther Brown, Kathleen M. Fisher, Daniel A. Hirshberg, Karolyn Kinane, Anne Carolyn Klein, Harold D. Roth, Michael Sheehy, and Judith Simmer-Brown.

Open Positions at the AAR

The American Academy of Religion is actively seeking qualified applicants for the following new positions, which will be based at the AAR Executive Offices in Atlanta, Georgia: Chief Public Engagement Officer, Editor for Reading Religion, and Program Specialist. Learn more.

Unsaying God: Negative Theology in Medieval Islam

Recently published! New AAR/OUP Academy Series title from Aydogan Kars. AAR members receive a 30% discount.

AAR Letter Supporting Stanford University Press

In response to recent reports that continued funding of Stanford University Press is at risk, the AAR Publications Committee and the AAR Board of Directors sent a letter to Stanford University Provost Persis Drell on May 7, 2019.

2019-2020 AAR Research Grants Cycle

2019-2020 AAR Research Grant cycle is open.
Application deadline: 11:59 PM Eastern Time on August 1, 2019.
Read more about Individual and Collaborative Research Grants offered by the AAR.

2019 AAR Call for Board Nominations

Call for Board of Directors Nominations is open until September 2, 2019. Learn more.

Now Open! Registration & Housing for the 2019 Annual Meeting

Plan to join your friends and colleagues in beautiful San Diego, California, for the 2019 Annual Meeting! Super Saver rates expire after May 23, so be sure to grab your spot before then!

AAR Board of Directors Approves New Guidelines

At its September 2018 and February 2019 meetings, the AAR Board of Directors approved two new sets of guidelines: Guidelines for Evaluating Digital Scholarship and Statement on Evaluating Scholarship in Religious Studies for Promotion and Tenure.

Sad News: David Sánchez, AAR Committee Chair

We were greatly saddened to learn that David Sánchez, associate professor of theological studies at Loyola Marymount University and current chair of the AAR's Status on Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession Committee, died suddenly this past weekend. Read more.

Meet the AAR's Newest Staff Member: Nicholé Jefferson

We are very pleased to welcome Nicholé Jefferson to the AAR staff as Director of Finance and Administration.

Against White Supremacist Islamophobic Ideology

Statement of the AAR Board of Directors: The American Academy of Religion unequivocally condemns the mass killing at the Al-Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15, 2019. Read more.

AAR Signs Letter Opposing Cuts to Alaskan Higher Ed

On March 4, the AAR joined more than 30 professional societies in issuing a letter to the governor and legislators of the state of Alaska, protesting a proposed $134 million reduction in state funding for the University of Alaska.

AAR/SBL Jobs Report & Summary

The AAR and SBL have released a joint report on employment listings posted to the Employment Services job board in academic year 2018.

2019 American Lectures in the History of Religions

The Cinematic Sacred | February 18-27, 2019

Jeffrey Stout, PhD
North Carolina Triangle/Triad Region

The Subhedar's Son: A Narrative of Brahmin-Christian Conversion from Nineteenth-century Maharashtra

New release edited and translated by Deepra Dandeka in the AAR/OUP Religion in Translation Series. AAR members receive a 30% discount.

Collaborative International Research Grants

The 2019–2020 AAR CIRG online submission system is open! Awards range from $500 to $5,000. Deadline to apply is October 1, 2019.

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