2020 Annual Meeting

Your AAR staff continues to work toward holding the Annual Meeting in Boston, Nov. 21-24, 2020. We are aware of the uncertainty and contradictory projections related to the COVID-19 pandemic and with health and safety as a priority, we will continue monitoring the guidance of governments and health experts as we plan and make decisions. Should any changes need to be made related to the 2020 Annual Meeting, we will promptly notify you.

2020 Regional Meetings

Open Registration:

All remaining regional meetings for 2020 have been canceled


AAR COVID-19 Crisis Fund Grants

The AAR COVID-19 Crisis Fund grants are intended to support AAR members who have lost a significant portion of their income because of the coronavirus pandemic. Grants will be awarded by lottery for as long as funds are available. Deadline to apply: May 19, 2020, at 11:59 PM EDT.


Troeltsch's Eschatological Absolute

Keuhn's book provides constructivist scholars with an important new study of the Protestant theologian's historical and intellectual contexts.

Support the AAR COVID-19 Crisis Fund

Read the letter to AAR members from Board President José Cabezón and Executive Director Alice Hunt about the AAR's new COVID-19 Crisis Fund.

2020 Call for Committee Nominations

The 2020 Call for Committee Nominations is now open! Members are invited to nominate themselves or others. Deadline for nominations is June 1, 2020.

Deadline Extended! Applications Now Open Until April 22, 2020

2020 Annual Meeting Travel Grant and Annual Meeting Religion and the Arts Travel Grant application deadlines have been extended to April 22, 2020!

AAR Tibetan and Himalayan Religions Program Unit Annual Meeting Travel Grant

The American Academy of Religion will award travel grants funded by the Khyentse Foundation to support the participation of native Himalayan or Tibetan scholars at the 2020 and 2021 AAR Annual Meetings. Applicants must first be accepted to participate on a panel or session at the relevant Annual Meeting. The deadline to apply for a 2020 grant is April 30, 2020, at 5 PM EDT.

Sad News: Ted Jennings Has Passed Away

We were saddened to learn that Theodore W. Jennings, Jr., Professor of Biblical and Constructive Theology Emeritus at Chicago Theological Seminary and long-time AAR member, passed away on March 25, 2020. Read the remembrance from the CTS community.

Update on 2020 Annual Meeting and COVID-19 Crisis

Read the letter to AAR members from Executive Director Alice Hunt.

Cancellation of IAHR 2020 World Congress

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the 22nd Quinquennial World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR) has been canceled. The event was set to take place August 23-29, 2020, at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.

AAR Endorses ASA Statement on Faculty Review and Reappointment Processes During the COVID-19 Crisis

The AAR endorsed a statement from the American Sociological Association pushing for institutions to ease faculty review and reappointment processes during the COVID-19 crisis.

A new is coming soon!

The rapidly evolving developments with the COVID-19 outbreak have moved us into a time of unprecedented uncertainty. As we all scramble to navigate the crisis, we want to assure you that the AAR staff is continuing the work we have been doing for you. We are steadfast in our efforts to bring you a new, improved website soon. Not only will the redesigned website have an updated look, it will also feature a cleaner navigation so that members can take full advantage of the many resources and benefits an AAR membership provides.

Khaled Abou El Fadl Named 2020 Marty Award Winner

Khaled Abou El Fadl, Omar and Azmeralda Alfi Distinguished Professor in Islamic Law at the UCLA School of Law and Chair of the Islamic Studies Interdepartmental Program at UCLA, is the recipient of the 2020 Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion.

AAR Member Receives $10,000 Seed Grant from Whiting Foundation

Michael Graziano, professor of religious studies at the University of Northern Iowa, was awarded a $10,000 seed grant from Whiting Foundation for the 2020-21 Whiting Public Engagement Program Funding.

Tips for Teaching Online

In response to concerns about COVID-19, many colleges and universities are asking faculty to move their face-to-face (F2F) courses online very quickly. This presents several challenges, but the most immediate are how to move your F2F course to the learning management system and how to adapt your teaching style/assignments to an online format. Read the tips for teaching online.

Update on 2020 AAR Meetings and COVID-19

AAR Executive Director Alice Hunt has issued a letter to members regarding the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and its impact on the AAR's meetings in 2020.

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.

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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