About the EIR



EIR Mission Statement:

The Eastern International Region of the American Academy of Religion serves as a gateway into the academic study of religion for regional participants who reside in Western Pennsylvania, the State of New York (excluding New York City), and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Our main goal is to support AAR initiatives at the local level in our region. In support of the American Academy of Religion, the EIR fosters partnerships, collaborations, communications, and teaching in the field of religion through multiple lenses of critical engagement and in the spirit of free inquiry. The EIR is committed to upholding the highest level of inclusion, equality, respect, professionalism, and academic excellence in the academic field of religion. 


The Eastern International Region (EIR) of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) meets annually in April or May. The meetings are hosted by one of the region's participating institutions in Ontario, Quebec, New York, or western Pennsylvania. 


Recent Annual Meetings:

2019 Montreal, Program
2015 Montreal, Program
2013 Toronto