For the meeting program, use the link at the bottom left of this page
As scholars of religion and of
related fields, we raise questions of diversity. We discuss and debate these
questions, and we often frame our next study in terms of diversity. In an intentional way, the 2016
meeting reflects our ongoing scholarly engagement with questions of diversity.
Each of the four societies in SWCRS has crafted its program with special
sessions that explore diversity issues in that particular discipline. In some
cases, “diversity” is in the title, and in others diversity is implicit and
We invite you to preview the sessions in the meeting program and participate in them at SWCRS 2016. See you there!
Fr. David Balas, O.Cist., 1929-2014
The Southwest Commission on Religious Studies was established in 1974 to encourage, support, and coordinate scholarly activities in the field of religious studies in the Southwest. The Commission comprises the regional American Academy of Religion, American Schools of Oriental Research, Association for the Scientific Study of Religion, and Society of Biblical Literature.
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through February, 2016
President: James W. Thompson,
Abilene Christian University
Vice President: Eric Mitchell,
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Executive Secretary: Richard J. Bautch,
St. Edward's University
Donations and Online Payments
The SWCRS Paypal Site provides a convenient way for group member registration payments, as well as for gifts to the commission and sponsorship payments. Your support provides important funds for annual meeting expenses, student and retiree discounts, special workshops, and the grants and awards programs.
The registration site does not accept group registrations, but advanced registration for groups may be completed by emailing the names, institution, affiliated organization, and type (faculty, student). Payment can be completed either by paying directing through the SWCRS Paypal Site or by paying onsite at the meeting.