Student Award Winners

Congratulations to Kari Edwards, graduate student at the University of Mississippi, who won the graduate student paper prize for her paper “‘Equal Space with Adam and Eve’: Tennessee’s Genesis Bill of 1973 and the 50th Anniversary of the Scopes Trial.”

Congratulations to Carolina Patterson Seigler, undergraduate student at Furman University, who won the undergraduate student paper prize for her paper “Engaging the Sextospirita: Social Inaction and a Vocabulary of Neutrality in LGBT+ Communities of Faith.”

Submissions for 2015 graduate student paper prizes are due by December 15, 2014 to the section chair who accepted the paper for the program. Undergraduate paper submissions are due by January 15, 2015 to the Undergraduate Research Section Chair.

Conference Hotel Room Rates Extended

The deadline for reserving a room at the Marriott Century Center at the SECSOR conference rate of $94 per night (plus tax) has been extended to Tuesday, 18 February, at 5 pm EST. If the winter storms or the regular demands of your work (or procrastination) have slowed you down, please make those reservations in the next few days by calling the hotel directly at 404.325.0000.

Online pre-registration is open until Thursday, 20 February.

2014 Meeting Program

The program (revised 28 February) for our annual meeting (March 7-9) is now available. We will update the program as additional information and corrections become available until we send the copy for printing. Pre-registration is open until February 20, and the conference rate at the Marriott Century Center in Atlanta is available until February 13. More details and instructions are available here.

Pre-Registration for SECSOR 2014

Online pre-registration for the SECSOR conference March 7-9, 2014 in Atlanta’s Marriott Century Center is now open. Access the online registration system to obtain the pre-registration rate of $60 for faculty and $30 for students (deadline February 20). All presenters and participants need to be registered for the conference. Onsite registration will be $70 for faculty and $35 for students.

Deadline for the conference room rate ($94) at the Marriott Century Center is Friday February 13 at 5 pm EST. You can reach the hotel directly at 404.325.0000.

Student Director of AAR/SE

All members of the American Academy of Religion who are 1) members of the southeast region (AAR/SE) by residence in the region or by choice and 2) are graduate students in an educational institution in the region are invited to apply for the position of Student Director. The term is for two years, beginning at the end of the March 2014 meeting in Atlanta, and it is expected that the Student Director will not graduate before the completion of the term in March 2016.

The Student Director serves on the AAR/SE Board and on the Graduate Student Committee of the American Academy of Religion.

To apply for the position, please submit the application (page 2 of the attached file) to the chair of the Nominating Committee (Steven Ramey by February 7 (deadline extended past original January 31 date). The Nominating Committee will select a slate of the best applicants to be voted on in the AAR/SE General Body Business Meeting at SECSOR in Atlanta March 7-9. The committee will notify all applicants of their status before February 28.

Applicants who are interested to learn more about the position are encouraged to contact our current Student Director, Matthew Puffer (

Graduate Paper Prizes

Graduate students who have had their proposals accepted for SECSOR are invited to submit their presentation papers for the respective graduate student paper prizes. Submit the paper to the section chair of the section that has accepted your paper by January 15, 2014. The winners will be announced during the Friday night plenary in Atlanta on March 7.