Religion scholars agree to resume joint meetings

American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature
The largest academic organizations focusing on religion and biblical studies have formally mended a seven-year rift and will resume next year their concurrent annual meetings that in the past brought about 10,000 professors and graduate students together the weekend before Thanksgiving.

The American Academy of Religion’s leadership decided unilaterally in 2003 for the AAR to meet separately from the Society of Biblical Literature, contending in part that the meetings had grown so large that the AAR was limited in program expansion.

Religion book publishers, university job recruiters and many members protested that meeting separately in different cities—which took effect after 2007 because of hotel bookings made far in advance—was impractical and unwanted by most.

 

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