Scholars ask academy to keep large meetings

American Academy of Religion
Hundreds of members of the large American Academy of Religion have petitioned the AAR board of directors to rescind last year’s decision to hold its annual meetings separately from the Society of Biblical Literature, starting in 2008. The concurrent conferences, usually held the weekend before Thanksgiving, have a combined registration annually of more than 8,000 scholars.

The AAR board said in July that a smaller meeting would enable the organization to serve more efficiently and flexibly members’ academic interests in a wide range of subjects. Despite objections by scholars in both groups and by publishers who work with both AAR and SBL scholars, the board defended the decision on its Web site and denied that the change would shift the AAR away from Christian, Judaic and theological studies.


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