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GTU Hosts 2021 Annual Meeting AAR Western Region

Friday, March 19th 2021 to Sunday, March 21st 2021
Online Event, 2400 Ridge Rd Berkeley, CA 94709

The Graduate Theological Union will host the 2021 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Western Region (AAR/WR) March 19-21, 2021. Due to the spread of COVID-19 in California and the United States, the conference will follow a virtual modality with the possibility of some hybrid sessions.

The AAR/WR and GTU are working closely together to organize a robust conference in 2021. The successful organization of our 2020 conference, which the AAR/WR turned into a virtual event in short time and as an emergency following the spread of COVID-19 in California in March 2020, brings us confidence that our unit chairs and members will work together to create a unique and memorable online conference in 2021. We are further encouraged by the amazing team of academics and administrators at GTU with whom we are working to bring forth the conference. Our conference organizers are especially working on issues of inclusivity and accessibility for our members, and we expect to provide unique sessions that highlight our region's diversity and creativity. We also expect to provide all of our members with special networking opportunities at our 2021 conference.

Our 2021 Conference Theme is: Religious Studies after COVID-19: The Role of Religion in Times of Pandemic, Sustainability, Marginalized Communities, and Social & Economic Justice. ​Please see this page for a full description of the theme.

The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2020. Submissions should be sent to the relevant unit chairs and include an abstract of 250 words and a Program Participant Form (found on the webpage). Please refer to all individual Calls For Papers (CFP) below, which are listed in chronological order according to unit name and include all Unit Chair contact information.

For a full listing of the call for papers, refer to the website. Registration information to come.

Be sure to also register here for the GTU's Sustainable Societies Conference II, held concurrently with the AAR/WR meeting on March 19, 2021. 

This event is online only