Large majority of AAR scholars prefer meeting with SBL

Unexpected level of support for joint meeting
In the first internal survey of members of the American Academy of Religion, a poll has shown that between 70 and 75 percent, depending on the question, think it is important to hold its annual meeting concurrently with that of the Society of Biblical Literature.

When asked how important it is to have meetings in the same city on the same days, 59.4 percent said it is very important and 16 percent said it is somewhat important. Though the response rate was only 18 percent, the respondents were predominantly active members.

The AAR leadership decided a few years ago that it would end the practice of coordinating the two groups’ meetings in 2008. Next year the AAR will meet in Chicago and the SBL in Boston.

The large majority who said they preferred meeting together would seem to confirm the discontent of those who protested the change—not only religion department professors but also book publishers and job-seekers.


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