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

Annual Meeting

The 2020 Annual Meetings in Boston, MA, November 21–24, 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. More than 1,000 events take place during the Annual Meetings, including a plethora of academic sessions, workshops, meetings, receptions, and tours. 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 soon to receive the best attendee rate and hotel selection, and join some 10,000 attendees who are expected to attend the 2020 Annual Meetings!

Registration & Housing

Registration for the 2020 Annual Meetingwill open in April! AAR members receive a deep discount on registration rates. Renew your membership today to take advantage of the savings. 

General Information

For questions about the Annual Meeting program or publications, contact; and for questions about logistics, registration or housing, contact


More than 1,000 academic sessions, other events, receptions, workshops, and tours will be offered at the 2020 Annual Meetings.

The Annual Meeting Program Book will be mailed in early October to registered attendees who request a printed copy during the registration process. The Mobile App will 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.

Call for Proposals

The 2020 Call for Proposals is now open. The deadline Is Monday, March 2, 2020, 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

Other Events

Other Events is the name given to events scheduled separately from the AAR and SBL programs. Examples of Other Events include receptions, editorial board and business meetings, and breakfast and lunch gatherings. Other Events are published in the Annual Meetings Program Book. Other Events registration will open in the spring.

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.