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

In the Field

In the Field: News of events and opportunities for scholars of religion published online by the American Academy of Religion.

In the Field accepts calls for papers, grant news, conference announcements, and other opportunities appropriate for scholars of religion. Job announcements, sales, and marketing information (e.g., for a university's course abroad or summer program, etc.) may not be submitted. Submissions are limited to 100 words. Contributors must submit text electronically, and all listings will be reviewed before posting and may be edited.

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April 1, 2020
American Religious Sounds Project – Call for Religious and Spiritual Sounds during COVID-19

Are you part of a religious or spiritual community that has changed its practices due to the COVID-19 pandemic? Are you now participating in worship services online, meeting in small groups, or observing alone at home? What does your religious or spiritual practice sound like during this difficult time? The American Religious Sounds Project wants to hear from you! Instructors and Students: We invite you to research how communities are transforming their practices and contribute recordings of what you find. Guidelines and submission details at

April 6–7 and April 28–29, 2020
Women Veterans and Clergy Conferences

The 2020 Women Veterans and Clergy Conferences bring together women veterans, military chaplains, civilian clergy, researchers, and mind/body practitioners for soul care and to discuss issues related to moral injury, coping mechanisms, spirituality/religion as it relates to healing and recovery, and innovative approaches to addressing gaps in support for women veterans. The Women Veterans and Clergy Conferences take a diversity approach to spirituality and faith. Clergy and practitioners from a wide variety of disciplines and religions are welcome. These conferences are free to attend and are open to women veterans and clergy of all genders.

April 15, 2020
CFP: Iliff School of Theology Eco-Justice Conference (October 22–23, 2020; Iliff School of Theology, Denver, CO)

The Iliff School of Theology is proud to announce its second annual Eco-Justice Conference focusing on the intersection of climate change and migration. We solicit new research on the impact climate change is having on immigration patterns as populations are forced to flee due to the degradation of the planet. Please send a 500-word abstract to by April 15th. Acceptance of proposals will be announced by May 8th. For latest updates, please visit -

April 30, 2020
CFP: "Women and Gender in the Bible and the Biblical World” in Open Theology

Call for papers for a topical issue of Open Theology: "Women and Gender in the Bible and the Biblical World, edited by: Zanne Domoney-Lyttle (University of Glasgow) and Sarah Nicholson (University of Glasgow). Open Theology invites submissions for the topical issue "Women and Gender in the Bible and the Biblical World”, prepared in collaboration with the conference "Women and Gender in the Bible and the Ancient World", held by University of Glasgow. Further questions about this thematic issue can be addressed to Zanne Domoney-Lyttle at or Sarah Nicholson at Submissions will be collected from September 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020. Learn more:


May 1, 2020
Episcopal Historical Society Seeks Grant Requests

The Historical Society of the Episcopal Church invites applications for grants to be awarded in 2020. Grants of $500–$2,000 are awarded. Applications may come from individuals, academic organizations, and ecclesiastical groups. Requests are received that will support significant research, conferences, and publication relating to the history of the Episcopal Church as well as the worldwide Anglican Communion. A typical request often includes travel funding, dissertation research, seed money or support for larger project. Deadline: May 1, 2020. For details including application instruction and information, visit

CFP: Graduate Training in Africana Religions (Journal of Africana Religions)

Imagine you have the power to revolutionize graduate education in Africana religions. How would you design a new graduate program from scratch? What classes would you offer? What qualifying exams and languages would you require? What research methods would you teach? How would you find sources of funding? Be specific; use tables and lists if you like. Full-length articles of 8,000 words, which will be peer-reviewed, and round table comments of 3,000 words, which are reviewed in-house, are welcome anytime before May 1. Here is the link for submission : Questions may be sent to

May 15, 2020
Extended Deadline Call for Papers: Sacred Rhetoric Conference at Winebrenner

Winebrenner Theology Seminary is pleased to announce the next Sacred Rhetoric conference to be held October 16–17, 2020. The plenary address will be delivered by Brad S. Gregory, the Dorothy G. Griffin Collegiate Chair of History at the University of Notre Dame. The planning committee is particularly interested in proposals related to the depiction of religion in media, religion in American politics, and religion and modernity, though any topic related to religious discourses is viable. Send a 300-word abstract and a short CV by May 15, 2020, to insure full consideration. Inquiries and abstracts should be sent to

May 31, 2020
La Esperanza, Claretian Spanish Language Magazine, Digitized

La Esperanza was a national Catholic Spanish-language publication in Los Angeles, California. Sponsored by the Claretians, the weekly magazine began in 1929 and ended in 1955. The publication’s content focused on Catholic topics relevant to the United States Spanish-speaking population. This transnational viewpoint provides a unique perspective for the reader. This publication offers an opportunity for scholars to uncover the Spanish-speaking communities’ activities during the twentieth century. La Esperanza is digitally available at , a project of the Catholic Research Resources Alliance. For further information contact: Laura Lyman, Association Manager, CRRA (


June 1, 2020
CFP: Journal of Religion and Violence

The Journal of Religion and Violence is seeking papers on the theme of apocalyptics. Any tradition and time period will be considered. The Journal of Religion and Violence is now listed in ATLA, Scopus, JSTOR, EBSCO and other databases, and is hoping for acceptance into Project Muse. See Send submissions to


July 15, 2020
CFP: Articles about Religious Radicalism for JSR: Journal for the Study of Radicalism

JSR: Journal for the Study of Radicalism—an academic journal published by Michigan State University Press—announces a call for articles and reviews for our fifteenth year of issues. We are interested in articles exploring religious forms of radicalism, be it a radical individual, a radical group, a movement, some other type or manifestation of religious radicalism. Millenarianism, development of a new religious movement with political dimensions, apocalyptic sects or movements, all are of interest if they seek the sudden dramatic transformation of society through violent or non-violent means. Send completed articles to the editors at by July 15, 2020.


September 18–19, 2020
Worship and the Megachurch Conference: Australasia and Beyond (Melbourne, Australia)

In recent decades, megachurches have become an increasingly visible role in the contemporary devotional landscape. Hillsong, Planetshakers, C3, Citipointe, Influencers, METRO play an important role in Oceania. How can we understand their influence, or, in other words, what is distinctive about megachurch worship? What kinds of strategic or leadership decisions are necessary? How do these churches respond to ethnic and generational diversity? How should we understand their place in (post)-colonial power structures? or the media representations? The conference organisers invite papers responding to these questions or considering other aspects of contemporary megachurch worship practices. For further information:


November 30, 2020
CFP: REVER: Revista de Estudos da Religião (International Journal for the Study of Religion)

REVER, International Journal for the Study of Religion (ISSN 1677-1222; indexing details:, invites the submission of manuscripts on "Transhumanism and the Study of Religion." Languages for manuscripts are English, Portuguese, and Spanish. Publication rules are available at (available in English). Submissions not conforming to these rules will not be accepted. The deadline for submission is 30 November 2020. The website will be available to receive online submissions from May 2020 onwards. For further inquiry, please contact Eduardo R. Cruz,


December 5, 2020
CFP: XXII World Conference of the International Association for the History of Religions in New Zealand

Title of the Panel: Tantra, Shamanism, and Magic: Experiences, Practices, and Practitioners at the “Margins” of the Indic World. Convenors: Dr Andrea Acri (EPHE, Paris) and Dr Paolo E. Rosati (Independent scholar). Email: / Deadline: 5th December 2020. For the full abstract of the panel do not hesitate to contact us.