2020 Regional Meetings

Open Calls for Papers:

Pacific Northwest
Deadline: January 3, 2020

Deadline: January 6, 2020

Deadline: January 10, 2020

Upper Midwest
Deadline: January 10, 2020

New England-Maritimes
Deadline: January 19, 2020

Eastern International
Deadline: February 1, 2020

Open Registration:





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.

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.

Deadline for Proposals to IAHR World Congress: December 31

As a proud member of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR), the AAR is pleased to announce the XXII Quinquennial World Congress of the IAHRhosted by the New Zealand Association for the Study of Religions, which will take place in Dunedin, New Zealand, August 23-29, 2020.

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.

2019 AAR Board of Directors Elections Results

The AAR has four newly elected board members: Mayra Rivera, Vice President; Whitney Bauman, Program Unit Director; Aarti Patel, Student Director; and Stacey Floyd-Thomas, At-Large Director. We are grateful to all who stood for election and members who voted.

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.

Ron Athey: 2019 Religion and the Arts Awardee

The Religion and the Arts Award Jury is pleased to announce that Ron Athey is the recipient of the 2019 Religion and the Arts Award. Athey will be honored at this year’s Annual Meeting on Sunday, November 24, 2019, from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM. Read more.

New Position Openings at the AAR

The AAR offices in Atlanta have the following staff openings: Chief Public Engagement Officer (revised posting), Advocate for the Study of Religion, and Publications and Communications Assistant. Learn more.

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.

Congratulations to AAR's 2019 Book Award Winners

The AAR book award juries have selected the 2019 recipients of the Awards for Excellence in the Study of Religion and the Best First Book in the History of Religions. View the winners.

Poetry as Prayer in the Sanskrit Hymns of Kashmir

Recently published! New AAR/OUP Religion in Translation series title from Hamsa Stainton. AAR members receive a 30% discount.

Sad News: Wade Clark Roof Has Passed Away

We were deeply saddened to learn that Wade Clark Roof, whom we recently named the recipient of the 2019 Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion, passed away suddenly on August 24. Read the obituary written by long-time AAR member and Dr. Roof’s colleague in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Distinguished Professor Emerita Catherine Albanese.

AAR Endorses AHA Statement on Domestic Terrorism, Bigotry, and History

The AAR, along with more than two dozen learned societies, has endorsed the American Historical Association's recent statement on domestic terrorism, bigotry, and history.

Statement Against White Nationalism

The AAR Board of Directors has issued a statement condemning white nationalism. Read the full statement.

IAHR 2020 Congress Open for Submissions and Registrations

The XXII Quinquennial World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR), hosted by the New Zealand Association for the Study of Religions, will take place August 23-29, 2020, at the University of Otago, in Dunedin, New Zealand. AAR members, who are also members of the IAHR, are encouraged to submit and attend. Learn more.

Congratulations to the 2019 IDRG Winners!

The AAR is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 International Dissertation Research Grants (IDRG) program: Jue Liang and Eva Rogaar. Read more.

AAR Announces Winners of 2019 Best In-Depth Newswriting on Religion Contest

Freelance writer Ian Johnson placed first in the 2019 American Academy of Religion (AAR) Best In-Depth Newswriting on Religion contest; Dawn Araujo-Hawkins, staff writer for Global Sisters Report, placed second; and Joshua J. McElwee, Vatican correspondent for National Catholic Reporter, placed third. Read more.

Kathryn McClymond: 2019 Ray L. Hart Service Award Winner

The award recognizes persons whose dedication and service have made significant contributions to the AAR’s mission. Read more.

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