2021 Annual Meetings

The 2021 Annual Meetings in San Antonio, Texas, November 20–23, hosted by the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature, is the world's largest gathering of scholars interested in the study of religion. More than 1,000 events take place during the Annual Meetings, including a plethora of academic sessions, workshops, meetings, receptions, and tours. The Annual Meeting Exhibit Hall, with more than 130 publishers exhibiting, is the best place to review the latest publications within the field. At the Annual Meetings, there are unparalleled opportunities to engage with leading scholars and scholarship within the field of religion. Register soon to receive the best attendee rate and hotel selection, and join the 10,000 attendees who are expected to attend the 2021 Annual Meetings!

Note: The AAR staff will hold an in-person Annual Meeting in San Antonio along with offering a limited number of virtual sessions, too. 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.

The answers to many of your Annual Meeting questions can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Have a question not on the FAQ?

2021 Annual Meeting: Current Safety Protocols and Flexibility for Participation

Review the safety protocols we have in place as recommended by the CDC and local officials. 

San Antonio Tours

Make the most of your trip! See what tours are available to you. 

Meeting to Offer Dual Format

In addition to in-person sessions, a limited number of virtual sessions will be offered to virtual registrants. Recordings of virtual sessions will remain available through January 2022.

Presidential Theme

Religion, Poverty, and Inequality: Contemplating Our Collective Futures
Marla Frederick, AAR President 2021


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