Bringing REL to San Diego–#aarsbl19 #naasr2019

San Diego Convention Center, Palm trees are in the front of it.

November is in full swing, and that means it is annual meeting season for scholars of religion. The North American Association for the Study of Religion, the American Academy of Religion, and the Society of Biblical Literature will all conference in San Diego, November 23-26. Many of our REL faculty and graduate students will be on the program. Learn a bit more about what they’ll be up to and where you can find them.

Prof. Russell McCutcheon returns to the Annual Meetings, co-leading a NAASR graduate student workshop on the job market and professionalization, presiding over the Public University Department Chairs Meeting, and speaking on a panel on “Creating Successful Religion Programs in an Anti-Humanities Age.” Find more details here.

American Examples PI, Prof. Mike Altman is speaking to the role and influence of private funding in the field during a NAASR session chaired by M.A. Religion in Culture student Allison Isidore. Find more details here.

If you know Prof. Nathan Loewen’s work, you know he’s been “Rethinking Conventional Approaches in Philosophy of Religion: Classification, Comparison, Appropriation.” Learn more about this at the Global-Critical Philosophy of Religion Seminar during their Saturday 9:00-11:30am session at the Hilton Bayfront-206 (Second Level). He’ll be back at it on Monday, presenting on what he and undergraduate student Jackson Foster have learned “Analyzing Philosophy of Religion Journals via Digital Humanities: Plotting Futures for the Field.” Find him then in the Artificial Intelligence and Religion Seminar at 5:30-7:00pm in the Hilton Bayfront-Aqua E (Third Level).

What might be gained by thinking about the field in more international terms? Prof. Vaia Touna will help NAASR members reconsider this and more during a session chaired by University of North Carolina PhD student Sierra Lawson, (UA ’17 ’19) Find more details here.

Prof. Richard Newton will take part in a discussion on the AAR’s new Religious Literacy Guidelines with The Religious Studies Project and will be co-leading a NAASR workshop on “Navigating the Politics of Academia.”

If you see us live, be sure to hello. And you can keep up with all the happenings via social media. Live tweets, images, and more are sure to come!