2020 Annual Meeting | Cancelled


Dear Colleague,

On behalf of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, I regret to inform you that our Council voted to cancel the 2020 Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh. The health risks and travel challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic are simply too substantial to justify moving ahead with an in-person conference.

Because we value our annual meeting so highly, our decision-making process has been a difficult one. We were guided by the fact that maintaining the safety of our SSSR community must be our highest priority. At present, we are considering a variety of ideas to facilitate scholarly engagement within the SSSR community until we are able to meet again in person.  

Our program chairs, Job Chen and Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme, have done an outstanding job making decisions about conference proposals. You will receive email notification regarding the status of your proposal in early July. If your paper was accepted, you are strongly encouraged to indicate that fact on your CV.

Individuals who already registered for the annual meeting are entitled to a full refund. SSSR executive officer Roman Williams will issue these by July 15.

We sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding as we attempt to adjust to these extraordinary circumstances. Please stay healthy and safe.

All my best,

Laura R. Olson, PhD

SSSR President


The annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion provides scholars from across the social and behavioral sciences the opportunity to present their research, network with other scholars, meet with acquisitions editors from major publishing houses, and become familiar with current research. Each year SSSR meets jointly with the Religious Research Association (RRA) in late October or early November. A typical annual meeting includes three plenary sessions, several receptions, and approximately 450 papers in 140 sessions over the course of three days.