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

History of Religions Lectures

American Lectures in the History of Religions (ALHR)

2016 Lecturer: Fatemeh Keshavarz, Unsilencing the Sacred: Conversations with the Divine (Notre Dame, Indiana and Chicago, Illinois, October 24–28, 2016) | Final Lecture Video | Radio Rumi Podcast

2014 Lecturer: Catherine L. Albanese, In an American Kaleidoscope: Revisiting Two Centuries of American Religious History (Atlanta, Georgia, April 7–11, 2014)

2013 Lecturer: John G. Gager, Jr., Winners and Losers in the Making of Early Christianity (Atlanta, Georgia, April 1–5, 2013)

Founded in 1891 to encourage path-breaking scholarship through a lecture and book series, the American Lectures in the History of Religions flourished under the auspices of the American Council of Learned Societies and Columbia University from 1936. At the request of the ACLS, the American Academy of Religion assumed administrative responsibility for the series in 1994.

At the conclusion of the lectures, many of the lecturers have had their lectures published through Columbia University Press.

Some of these publications are

The lecture series operates under the auspices of the AAR's American Lectures in the History of Religions Committee.