2020 Virtual AAR Annual Meeting

American Academy of Religion
November 29 - December 10, 2020


The American Academy of Religion will hold a Virtual Annual Meeting instead of the previously schedule meeting in Boston, MA. While this cannot replace the experiences and opportunities of an in-person meeting, the virtual space will provide venues for scholarly engagement and networking. As usual, the AAR meeting is being help in conjunction with the Society of Biblical Literature’s Annual Meeting. There is still time to register for both events. 

The Religion and Public Schools: International Perspectives Group has two panels scheduled:

 Religion Education and Distance Learning: Impacts, Challenges, and Opportunities – Thursday, December 10, 4:00 PM-5:30 PM (EST UTC-5)

Religious Education in the Context of Digital/Social Media and Religious Nationalism – December 1, 1:45 PM-3:15 PM (EST UTC-5)

From the Committee on the Public Understanding of Religion:

Religious Literacy and K-12 Education: Opportunities for Successful Partnerships – Wednesday, December 2, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM (EST UTC-5)


Call for Proposals

JLR Special Issue Call “Critical Religious Literacy”

There is a growing need for literacy scholars to examine how prejudices impact literacy practices in K-12 contexts and beyond. More broadly, the role of religion, religious literacy, and critical religious literacy cannot be underscored enough in how it shapes public and private discourses. In this special issue, we call on literacy scholars to submit Insights essays and/or empirical research that speak to the role of religion in literacy education “from the heroic to the heinous” and everything in between from a broad range of perspectives (i.e., non-Western, Western, Indigenous) and contexts (private religious to public secular schools, as well as out-of-school contexts).

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Call for Proposals

Special Issue of The Lion and the Unicorn: Twenty-First-Century Religion and Culture in Youth Literature

This special issue aims to revive and expand long-standing conversations about the roots and continued presence of religion in children’s literature, beyond consideration of early Christian influences. With an eye towards interfaith dialogue and inclusion, we will feature a variety of perspectives on religion and culture in children’s and young adult literature.

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Call for Proposals

Call for Chapters Edited Volume: Religious Literacy in the Public Sphere

Chapter proposals are invited for an edited volume Religious Literacy in the Public Sphere. This book project will explore:

what religious literacy means and looks like in different contexts;
why religious literacy matters in today’s social and political landscapes; 
how to endorse the development of religious literacy in the public sphere.  

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