Annual Meeting

2017 Annual Meeting in Boston, Nov 18-21


The American Academy of Religion brings thousands of professors and students, authors and publishers, religious leaders and interested laypersons to its Annual Meeting each year. Co-hosted with the Society of Biblical Literature, the Annual Meetings are the largest events of the year in the fields of religious studies and theology.

Registration and Housing

General Information

Employment Center


Program Book

Call for Papers

Additional Meetings

Program Units

Program Unit Chair Resources

Past & Future Meetings

Exhibitors & Advertisers


Annual Meeting

The 2017 Annual Meetings in Boston, Massachusetts, November 18–21, hosted by the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature, is the world's largest gathering of scholars interested in the study of religion. Academic sessions, workshops, meetings, receptions, and tours … more than 1,000 events take place during the Annual Meetings. The Annual Meetings Employment Center provides job seekers and employers a convenient, private setting for interviews. The Annual Meetings Exhibit Hall, with more than 130 publishers exhibiting, is the best place to review the latest publications within the field. The Annual Meetings offers unparalleled opportunities to engage with leading scholars and scholarship within the field of religion. Register this spring to receive the best attendee rate and hotel selection, and join some 10,000 attendees who are expected to attend the 2017 Annual Meetings!

Registration & Housing

Registration for the 2017 Annual Meeting is open! AAR members receive a deep discount on registration rates. Renew your membership today to take advantage of the savings. 

Housing is open! AAR negotiated special conference rates at luxurious and convenient hotels. Registration is required to arrange housing. 

General Information

From child care information to maps of meeting venues, from audio visual needs to workshop descriptions, check out this A-Z list for all your Annual Meeting questions. Not finding what you need? For questions about the Annual Meeting program or publications, contact Robert Puckett at 1-404-727-1461 or; and for questions about logistics, registration or housing, contact Soraya Shahrak at 1-404-727-7972 or


More than 1,000 academic sessions, additional meetings, receptions, workshops, and tours will be offered at the 2017 Annual Meetings.

The Annual Meeting Program Book will be mailed in early October to registered attendees as of August 24 who requested a printed copy during the registration process. The At-A-Glance, with all the latest session and room updates, will be in the tote bag available onsite to all attendees. The Mobile App will once again be available free of charge for smart phone users. Changes to the meeting program during the meeting will be announced via the Mobile App, which is also available on the Web.

  • AAR Online Program Book
  • SBL Online Program Book
  • Mobile App
  • Workshops
  • Tours

Call for Papers

The 2017 Call for Papers is closed. The deadline was Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at 5 pm EST. All proposals are submitted through PAPERS, the AAR's Program Administration Proposal, Evaluation, Review, and Submission System. If you have questions, please contact us at

Additional Meetings

Additional Meetings is the name given to events scheduled separately from the AAR and SBL programs. Examples of Additional Meetings include receptions, editorial board and business meetings, and breakfast and lunch gatherings. Additional Meetings are published in the Annual Meetings Program Book. Make your reservations here.

Program Units

Program Units are the organizing research bodies that create the Annual Meeting program each year. AAR has more than 150 program units—a number that reflects the diversity and interdisciplinarity of the field of religious studies. Organized and administered by AAR member volunteers, the program units are charged with issuing the Call for Papers, reviewing the proposals, and organizing the Annual Meeting sessions.

Past and Future Meetings

The Annual Meeting occurs in a different host city each November. The locations and dates for Past and Future Meetings are available, including Program Books and videos for some recent past meetings.