Midwest American Academy of Religion

The 2020 MAAR conference has been CANCELLED due to concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak.

Greetings from the Regional President:

Welcome to the Midwest Region of the American Academy of Religion. The national AAR is the premiere professional organization for the study of religion and is dedicated to fostering excellence in scholarship and teaching. Each year in November thousands gather for the AAR’s annual conference.


Members of the AAR who reside within the Midwest Region are automatically members of the Midwest Region and will receive our email announcements sent to the membership. But you do not need to be a member or reside within the region to attend or present a paper at the regional meeting.

Annual Conference

One of ten regional groups within the AAR, the Midwest Region typically holds its annual meeting in March or April each spring. Attracting scholars from across the Midwest and other regions, our meeting provides an opportunity to gather in a smaller and less formal setting than that of the national conference. Members come to the regional meeting to present their research, to enter into formal and informal exchanges with other scholars in the field, to learn more about teaching, and to keep current about other concerns in the field of religious studies.

We encourage the support and participation of junior and senior scholars as well as students. Undergraduate students may present papers at the meeting through our Undergraduate Students Section. Graduate students can hone their professional skills through participating with scholars on panels in our fourteen other sections (see Section Chairs). Questions about the conference can be addressed to MAAR Vice President, Spencer Dew (dews@denison.edu)

The 2020 spring conference will take place March 27 and 28 at the Horizon Convention Center (Muncie, IN), minutes from Ball State University.

Conference Prizes: Each year, the Midwest region issues special conference prizes to the best undergraduate paper, the best graduate paper, and the best paper attending to issues of religion and sustainability. Authors of accepted paper proposals will be informed of the guidelines along with notification of the acceptance of their proposals.


We encourage you to get involved in the leadership of the Midwest region by attending the business meeting (held during lunch each year at our annual meeting), and by sharing any ideas you may have with the officers or section chairs of the region. In 2020, a new Vice President and Regional Coordinator will be elected -- we encourage all members to consider taking on these important roles!

I welcome any communications, questions, or suggestions and ideas regarding the business of the Midwest region and our annual conference.

Thank you,

Melissa Stewart

President of Midwest AAR, 2018-2020

Adrian College