Fall 2019 National Meeting

November 22-26, 2019   ●   San Diego, California


Westar Fellows and Invited Scholars only: Register for $25

If you are either a Westar Fellow or an invited scholar, and you plan to sit at the table and participate in either the God or Christianity Seminars, or both, on Friday, in addition to your AAR/SBL registration, please also register with Westar.

This second registration is not needed for audience members.

To register with Westar for a seat at the table, click here

Members of the Public

Attendees do not need to register directly with Westar. Instead, they must register with the AAR here or the SBL here.

Program Overview

Westar’s Fall 2019 national meeting will take place in San Diego, California, in conjunction with the annual meetings of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). This is the largest event of the year in the fields of biblical studies and theology, with over 1,200 sessions and workshops and one of the world’s largest exhibits of books and digital resources for religious studies.

Westar’s two academic seminars will meet concurrently on Friday, November 22nd, the day before the official AAR/SBL meetings kick off.

There will be no explicit Associate program at the Fall meeting. In its place, Westar, in cooperation with the SBL, will host several community events.

As usual, scholars and members of the public are welcome to attend Westar seminars.

Academic Seminars

Westar Institute conducts collaborative, cumulative research in the academic study of religion, addressing issues, questions, and controversies that are important both to the academic community and to the general public. Two seminars are currently in progress: the Christianity Seminar and the Seminar on God and the Human Future.

Westar academic seminars location:


Christianity Seminar

Program details forthcoming

Seminar on God and the Human Future

Program details forthcoming

Participation in Academic Seminars

Westar has developed a new model of scholarly discourse that is open, public, accessible, collegial, and rigorous. Its academic seminars engage leading scholars from accredited institutions worldwide, while also embracing the public and the media as observers and participants.

All others, scholars and non-scholars alike, are welcome to audit the seminars.

Seminar Papers

The Seminar Papers are the basis for the discussions in the Friday sessions. They will not be presented orally at the event. Persons wishing to follow the discussions should read the papers in advance.

Electronic copies of the Seminar Papers are available to the public and will be posted when they come available, usually 2 to 3 weeks prior to the event. Hard copies of the papers will be available at a cost of $25 each.

Order hard copies of seminar papers

AAR/SBL Program Highlights

SBL-Westar Institute Public Event

Details forthcoming

Location details forthcoming

Polebridge Authors & Books

Polebridge Press will offer recent books in conjunction with Wipf & Stock:

Location forthcoming

Dates & Deadlines At-a-Glance

Aug 24Advance registration deadline
Nov 22Westar Academic Seminars
Date forthcomingSBL-Westar Public Event
Nov 23-26SBL/AAR Annual Meeting