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CFP: Religious Studies after COVID-19: The Role of Religion in Times of Pandemic, Sustainability, Marginalized Communities, and Social & Economic Justice

The American Academy of Religion, Western Region (AAR/WR) is delighted to announce its collaboration with the Graduate Theological Union’s (GTU) Sustainability Initiative in Berkeley, California, for its next Annual Conference, which will be a Virtual Conference held March 19-21, 2021.

The AAR/WR and GTU are excited to organize a robust event, which will include an array of keynote speeches, paper presentations, workshops, and roundtable discussions revolving around AAR/WR’s 2021 Conference Theme: “Religious Studies after COVID-19: The Role of Religion in Times of Pandemic, Sustainability, Marginalized Communities, and Social & Economic Justice.” The event will also include unique social and networking events for the AAR/WR community.

The deadline for submission of paper proposals and Program Participant Forms to individual unit chairs is October 15, 2020. For complete information and a full list of the AAR/WR’s 2021 Call for Papers and unit chair contact information, please see this page: https://www.aarwr.com/annual-meetings.html

The AAR/WR is a highly inclusive and diverse region of the American Academy of Religion. The region currently supports twenty-five individual units of the academic study of religion, including: Asian American Religious Studies; Buddhist Studies; Catholic Studies; Christianity; Ecology and Religion; Education and Pedagogy; Ethics; Goddess Studies; Graduate Student Professional Development; Indigenous Religions; Islamic Studies; Jewish Studies; Latinx Religions and Spiritualities; Pagan Studies; Philosophy of Religion; Psychology, Culture, and Religion; Queer Studies in Religion; Religion and Social Sciences; Religion and the Arts; Religion in America; Religion, Literature, and Film; Religion, Science and Technology; Religions of Asia; Womanist/Pan-African Religions; and Women and Religion.

The AAR/WR furthermore holds three caucus events at its Annual Conference: the Black Caucus, the Queer Caucus, and the Women’s Caucus.

Please distribute our Virtual Conference information widely. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing members, new and old, at our March 2021 event with the Graduate Theological Union!

We also understand that this is an uncertain and unprecedented time in our world. We wish everyone healthy and community in these difficult moments.

Best regards,
Executive Committee, American Academy of Religion, Western Region

2020 AAR in Person Annual Meeting Cancelled – Online Meeting to Be Held Instead.

From the AAR website: “In the interest of the health, safety, and well-being of our members, in light of the challenges brought about by the COVID19 pandemic, and in order to uphold our organizational mission, provide opportunities for, and meet our obligations to, our members, the AAR Board of Directors has cancelled the in-person Annual Meeting scheduled for Boston, MA, November 21-24, 2020, and will hold an online Annual Meeting in late November or early December.” This online AAR Annual Meeting is not intended to replicate our typical in-person meeting but will provide registrants with venues for scholarly engagement and networking. We are excited about the opportunities this meeting may open for members who would not have been able to attend the Boston meeting and look forward to learning from the experience.” Read More …

2020 AAR Annual Meeting Call for Proposals is Open

The 2020 AAR Annual Meeting Call for Proposals is open.

Proposals are submitted through PAPERS, the AAR’s Program Administration Proposal, Evaluation, Review, and Submission System.

The PAPERS System is open for submissions.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 2, 2020, at 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.

For help using PAPERS, view these instructions. If you have questions, please contact the Annual Meeting team.


AAR Places QR Codes on Name Badges but Reverses Their Decision

An email sent to AAR meeting attendees

Dear 2019 Annual Meeting Attendee,

This year, AAR and SBL decided to try a one-year pilot program of placing QR codes on attendee name badges, as a number of other associations do. The pilot was implemented with the sole aim of promoting fair use of name badges, and not for tracking individuals, holding on to personal data, or policing—which would go directly against our values and philosophy. We deeply regret the unintended messages the pilot idea triggered and have immediately withdrawn it. We are sending the badges for the Annual Meeting without the QR codes on Monday, November 11. In this spirit, we thank our members for their responses. We assure our members that trust is part of our ethos and that we will keep striving toward it. The AAR takes seriously that it exists because of, and for, all its members and those interested in the academic study of religion.

Alice Hunt,

Executive Director

Mid-Atlantic Region AAR & SBL – 2020 Conference

Greetings from the Mid-Atlantic Region AAR & SBL! We are looking forward to another excellent regional conference set to take place on March 9–10, 2020, at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ. This year’s conference theme is God, Flourishing, and Brokenness. We hope you will consider joining us by visiting our registration page.

This year our region is offering a Graduate Student Registration Fee Waiver for the first three grad students to register for the regional conference! If you are one of the first three students to register, you will be reimbursed for the cost of your registration. Visit the registration page for details.

Regional Conference Graduate Student Programming and Events:  

  • Interview Strategies for Academic and Non-Academic Positions
  • How to Use Zotero to Manage Bibliographic Data and Related Research Materials
  • Graduate Student Connection Breakfast

Analytic Theology at AAR 2019

The 2019 national annual conference of the Evangelical Philosophical Society will be held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California, from November 20–22 (Wednesday-Friday). After the EPS annual meeting, there will be several sessions at AAR which might be of interest to theologians, especially those who are interested in Analytic Theology. Sessions will be held at the Marriott Marquis and the Hilton Bayfront.

2019 EPS at AAR/SBL: Love: Divine and Human

November 22, 2019
Marriott Marquis-Solana
San Diego, CA

Theme: Love: Divine and Human
Friday – 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Marriott Marquis-Solana (South Tower – First Level)

Love, Divine and Human: Contemporary Essays in Systematic and Philosophical Theology(edited by Oliver Crisp, James Arcardi, Jordan Wessling)is a collection of essays forthcoming from T&T Clark. This book panel would give some of the volume’s authors an opportunity to share their research with a larger audience.


  • Sameer Yadav (Westmont College) responds to the problem of divine hiddenness by way of an analysis of divine love.
  • Kent Dunnington (Biola University) argues on exegetical and philosophical grounds that there is not a Christian duty to love one’s neighbor as oneself.
  • J.T. Turner (Anderson College) argues against the notion that virtuous character formation in love for God provides a causal link between libertarian free will in pre-heavenly existence and moral impeccability in the eschatological state.
  • Jordan Wessling (Fuller Seminary) argues for a unitary account of the relation between God’s love and God’s punitive wrath.
  • Erin Dufault-Hunter (Fuller Seminary) on “Sex Is Really about God”: Sarah Coakley and the Transformation of Desire.

For more information: https://papers.aarweb.org/program_book?keys=Evangelical+Philosophical+Society&field_session_slot_nid=All

2019 EPS at AAR/SBL: Modern Philosophy of Theological Anthropology

November 24, 2019
Marriott Marquis-Torrey Pines
San Diego, CA

Theme: Modern Philosophy of Theological Anthropology
Joshua Farris, Houston Baptist University, Presiding
Nathan Jacobs, University of Kentucky, Presiding
Sunday – 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Marriott Marquis-Torrey Pines 2 (North Tower – Lobby Level)

Modernity, some have suggested, sows the seeds for a purely materialist, mechanistic, non-experiential, a-religious perspective of the world. However, new work on God and Modern philosophy in philosophers such as Descartes, Hobbes, and Kant challenges this assumption. Through the lens of some of the most important Modern figures, the present panel discussion explores the following question: Does contemporary philosophical materialism regarding humans have much footing in the modern dialectic? We suggest that it does not by considering Descartes, Hobbes, Berkeley, Kant.

  • Charles Taliaferro, St. Olaf College: Descartes and the Primacy of Self-awareness
  • Richard J. Mouw, Fuller Theological Seminary: Hobbes and Descartes in Christian Anthropology
  • Chris L. Firestone, Trinity International University: Kant’s Existential Dualism
  • Geoffrey Fulkerson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School: Heidegger, the Technological, and Dwelling: A Theological Account

For more information: https://papers.aarweb.org/program_book?keys=Evangelical+Philosophical+Society&field_session_slot_nid=All

2019 AAR/SBL: Incarnational Model of the Eucharist

November 25, 2019
Hilton Bayfront-Indigo
San Diego, CA

Society of Christian Philosophers Session
Theme: Panel on James Arcadi’s An Incarnational Model of the Eucharist (Cambridge University Press, 2018)
Monday – 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Hilton Bayfront-Indigo 204B (Second Level)

This is an author-meets-critics session on James Arcadi’s book, An Incarnational Model of the Eucharist (Cambridge University Press, 2018).


For more information: https://papers.aarweb.org/program_book?keys=%22Panel+on+James+Arcadi?&field_session_slot_nid=All

IAHR 2020 Congress Open for Submissions and Registrations

From AAR:

The XXII Quinquennial World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR), hosted by the New Zealand Association for the Study of Religions, will take place August 23-29, 2020, at the University of Otago, in Dunedin, New Zealand. AAR members, who are also members of the IAHR, are encouraged to submit and attend.

Details provided by the IAHR:

Submissions and registrations for the Congress are now open. The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2019. The deadline for early bird registrations is May 1, 2020.

While welcoming contributions on any topic in the academic study of religion, this year’s Congress will have the theme of Centres and Peripheries. Learn more about the theme and the submission process.

Abstracts will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We aim to give responses within four weeks of submission.

Please visit the Congress website for more information. We look forward to receiving your abstracts and to welcoming you to Otago in 2020!