What will you present this year?

The proposal and registration system is officially open for the SSSR+RRA 2020 annual meeting. We will meet October 23 – 25 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the Westin Hotel. Please visit the annual meeting page to read our call for papers, submit a proposal, and register. We also invite members to submit applications for our grants and awards.

Presentation Formats

The annual meeting will include paper sessions, author meets critics panels, and roundtable sessions. Paper sessions comprise three to four papers and may be proposed as a complete session. Individual paper proposals are built into sessions by the program chairs. Author meets critics panels include the author(s) of a recent book and three to four panelists. Roundtable sessions may be submitted as individual papers or as a complete session.

When submitting your annual meeting proposal, you will need to indicate your preference of format for your paper or session. You will choose from the following options:

Meeting Room: three or four presentations given in a meeting room with seating for thirty people, a projector, and screen

Roundtable: three or four presentations given around a ten-person table, allowing for in-depth discussions of research

No Preference: your presentation would work just as well in a meeting room or roundtable format

Workshop Proposals

In a new program initiative, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and the Religious Research Association invite proposals for up to three in-depth workshops to be offered at the 2020 annual meeting in Pittsburgh. Each workshop will focus on a professional, methodological, or substantive topic. Preference will be given to workshop proposals that are interactive, have measurable outcomes, and advance the strategic priorities of either SSSR or RRA.

Workshops will span two consecutive morning sessions and will not be scheduled concurrently. The organizer(s) of each workshop will be responsible for deciding how to use the time (up to three hours), setting the agenda, and facilitating the workshop. Workshop organizers will receive an honorarium of $1,000 (per team in the case of co-organized workshops).

The workshops will be selected by a subcommittee consisting of the SSSR and RRA program chairs, current presidents, and executive officers.

To apply, prepare a proposal of no more than one page, including:

  • Name(s) and affiliation(s) of organizer(s)
  • Proposed workshop title
  • Summary of workshop content
  • Intended outcomes for participants
  • Email addresses for each organizer

Proposals should be emailed to program@sssreligion.org by March 31, 2020.