The Networking Event of the Year

The Annual Meetings, co-hosted with the Society of Biblical Literature, are the world's largest gatherings of scholars interested in the study of religion. The 2017 event in Boston, Massachusetts, brought more than 10,000 attendees together for academic sessions, workshops, receptions, and tours.

The Program Committee governs the Annual Meeting Program and oversees the work of more than 150 Program Units, each of which represents a particular research interest and organizes relevant Annual Meeting sessions. 



In 2017, the AAR and SBL each organized more than 500 academic sessions, each of which gives presenters and attendees the chance to share knowledge and critiques in real time. Optional pre-conference workshops also bring scholars together for skill development and discussion.



Every year, the Exhibit Hall features hundreds of booths displaying the latest publications within the field. Scholars can learn about new pedagogical resources, browse recently published work, take advantage of special promotions and discounts, and meet with publishers in person.



Through sessions, workshops, receptions, and mentoring programs, the Annual Meetings offer unparalleled opportunities to engage with leading and emerging scholars of religion. Past attendees consistently point to networking as a significant professional benefit provided by the conference.



New to the Annual Meeting?

Check out the video below to see highlights from the 2017 event and hear AAR President David P. Gushee share his thoughts on the 2018 theme:



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