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 …
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 We deeply regret the unintended messages the pilot idea triggered and have immediately withdrawn it.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.