2023 Annual Meetings

The 2023 Annual Meetings in San Antonio, Texas, November 18–21, hosted by the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), is the world's largest gathering of scholars interested in the study of religion.

You do not want to miss the opportunity to connect with colleagues, publishers, and friends, engage with leading scholars within the field of religion, and network with potential employers and others from around the world.

There will be over 1,000 events, including many academic sessions, workshops, meetings, receptions, and tours. The Annual Meeting Exhibit Hall will feature more than 100 publishers, and you will be able to pitch ideas, connect with others, and review the latest publications within the field

You will be able to register soon to receive the best attendee rate and hotel selection and join the 10,000 attendees who are expected to attend the 2023 Annual Meeting!

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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?

Join Us in Giving Back to Our Host City! 

During the Annual Meeting in San Antonio, we are collecting donations for the Dual Generation Initiative, a community-wide initiative aimed at disrupting the cycle of poverty. Part of United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, the Dual Generation Initiative coordinates the expertise of several charitable partners who bring decades of experience serving and supporting at-risk children and families. 

United Way will use our donations for a take-as-you-need station in their offices on both the East & West sides of town.
United Way is asking for donations of new, unopened items from the list below: 

  • Feminine hygiene products  
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash 
  • Wet wipes (body) 
  • Face mask 
  • Wet wipes (disinfectant) 
  • Deodorant 
  • Hand towels
  • Shampoo, conditioner, body wash 
  • Individual hand sanitizer 
  • Body lotion 
  • Lip balm 
  • Hairbrushes & combs 
  • Socks 

We will have collection bins next to the Information Desk for these items. 

Thank you for taking part in this initiative to give back to our host city!

Therapy Dogs at Your Service! 

For the first time, the AAR will welcome therapy dogs with PAWS for Service to the Annual Meeting. If you have some free time or just a few minutes, stop by and say hi to our furry friends.

When: Saturday and Sunday 10 AM - 3 PM CT

Where: Convention Center, Hemisfair 3 (Ballroom Level)

Health and Safety Requirements

Find everything you need to know to be within our health and safety protocols here

Online Program Book Now Available

You can always find the most up-to-date program available at this link

Find Your Reference Number

If you cannot locate your Annual Meeting reference number in your email, you can find it by following these instructions

Presidential Theme

La Labor de Nuestras Manos
Amir Hussain, AAR President 2023

Housing and Transportation

All you need to know about travel discounts can be found here

San Antonio Tours

Make the most of your visit to San Antonio by taking in a tour.


Immerse yourself in a pre-conference workshop. All workshops will be held on Friday, November 17.

Accessibility at the Annual Meeting

Find an overview of accessibility in downtown San Antonio and the Henry B. Gonzalez conference center here

Visit San Antonio welcomes AAR! Take a look at their helpful guide