Preparations for this summer’s annual ASR Meeting running from August 13th-15th in San Francisco are now in full swing.  We will begin with a Welcoming Reception on the evening of Wednesday, August 13th, during which we will celebrate the publication of the 24th volume of the Religion and the Social Order series (co-published by ASR and Brill) and announce the winners of our awards and our newly elected officers.  The Presidential Address will be given by Christopher Ellison of the University of Texas at San Antonio on the evening of August 14th, and the Furfey Lecture will be delivered by Neal Krause of the University of Michigan on the evening of August 15th.  The ASA Sociology of Religion Section day is Saturday, August 16th.

The meeting program is shaping up nicely, and the preliminary program and hotel reservation link are available on this website. Note that the preliminary program is updated every other week to reflect both corrections and changes.  If you have submitted a proposal for this year’s program or have agreed to serve as a book critic, convener, or discussant, you should expect to be present for both August 14th and 15th, to allow the Program Chair maximum flexibility in scheduling.  If your status changes and you are unable to attend, please let the Program Chair, Jeremy Uecker, know immediately so he can delete you from the program.  He can be reached at

Everyone on the program in any capacity is required to register for the conference using the Member Portal on the ASR website by July 1 to guarantee his/her place on the program.  Everyone else may register online through August 1.  If you are not a member and therefore do not have access to the online Member Portal, or if you fail to meet the August 1 deadline for online registration, you can register by filling out the Registration Form for Non-Member and On-site Registration available in the “Meeting Registration” section of the webpage

If you have not yet made your hotel reservations, you should do so immediately because the ASR room block is selling out quickly.  The ASR Meeting Hotel for 2014 is the stunning JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square, located just two blocks from the ASA hotels in the cultural heart of the city.  There are many good reasons to stay at the JW Marriott, but one of the best is that it supports our Association.  As you may know, ASR’s ability to get meeting rooms at a low rate is dependent on our members staying in the sleeping rooms at the conference hotel.  I look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!

James Cavendish
Executive Officer