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2020 PNW AAR & SBL Conference

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St Joseph's College -- University of Alberta

11325 89 Avenue Northwest

Edmonton, AB T6G 2J5


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Welcome to the registration site for the 2020 Annual Conference of Pacific Northwest Region of the AAR and SBL, with ASOR as a program unit.

Cherished Friends and Respected Colleagues, we are looking forward to meeting you and learning together at our 2020 Regional PNW AAR & SBL Conference being hosted by St. Joseph's College at University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada from May 15 to May 17, 2020. Dean Shawn Flynn offers us this welcome:

St. Joseph’s College

Dear Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to St. Joseph’s College at the University of Alberta.

As a scholar who has benefitted immensely from the PNW regional meeting in my own work, it is important that we continue to support the great work of our regional. I invite you to come and present your work, and hope you encourage others, and especially your students, to do the same.

We must continue to build healthy regionals that will support current scholars and future generations. This task becomes all the more important as the work of religious and biblical studies, and the needs for encouraging basic literacy on religious topics, is in desperate need in our Universities, Colleges, and in our world.

That is why it is my honour to invite the regional to St. Joseph’s College, at the University of Alberta. We have worked hard this year to provide an experience in which all sessions will be in close proximity, as well as close to meals and accommodations.

Please support me in encouraging this regional meeting of SBL-AAR to your colleagues.

We are excited to welcome you in May 2020.

Dr. Shawn W. Flynn
Vice President (Academic) and Dean
St Joseph’s College, University of Alberta.

Our conference is an enjoyable and lively scholarly event marked by a genuine spirit of good will, professional engagement and scholarly respect. Since its inception in 1971, one of the most pleasant and prized features of our region is a friendly collegiality that is welcoming to all, while rigorously engaging the wide-ranging scholarship of our conference members across multiple perspectives. This spirit of engagement and the diversity of excellent scholarship makes our annual conference a professional treasure each year.

Our conference is marked by excellent and engaging sessions, including panels and individual presentations, Friday night Presidental Address, Special Planetarium lecture on Friday night, Saturday Business Meeting, and Saturday Banquet Dinner (registration required) and Address by Plenary Panel followed by a complementary Community Dessert Reception open to the public.

Currently twelve sections are active:

  • Archaeology of the Ancient Near East
  • Arts and Religion
  • Asian and Comparative Studies
  • Hebrew Bible
  • History of Christianity/North American Religions
  • New Testament and Hellenistic Religions
  • Religion and Society
  • Study of Islam
  • Theology and Philosophy of Religion
  • Women and Religion
  • Special Topic: Gender, Religion, Sexuality, and Power (GRSP)
  • Special Topic: Religion and the Social Sciences
  • Special Topic: Mormon Studies


On this website you may register for the conference and conference meals. You may also make donations and request a partial scholarships for registration or meals, if you are student and/or under employed colleague. Please be sure to include your meal registrations for Saturday lunch and Saturday Banquet Dinner.

Travel, housing and meals are the responsibility of each attendee. Please see helpful information below. Also, check out our Facebook Event Page for any carpooling and room sharing options that other participants might share about.

ALL attendees -- including presenting participants and their guests, as well as student paper competition candidates -- are required to register. Undergraduate student paper candidates can register without cost.

On this site you can 1) register for the conference, 2) register our legendary Saturday Dinner Banquet, 3) make donations that will contribute to partial scholarships to empower the participation of graduate students and our colleagues who are underemployed, 4) apply for partial scholar if you are an underemployed colleague or presenting graduate student. Please consider giving even a modest contribution that will allow the region to generously to faciitate the participation of those unable to attend without assistance.

All charges will be calculated in U.S. Dollars. Please regard ALL deadlines with care, as fees are tiered for timely and late registration because firm catering deadlines must be honored.

There *may* be partial scholarships for registration or Saturday's Banquet Dinner for underemployed colleagues or presenting students. Availability is determined by donations, is limited, and based on a first-come, first-served basis.


Travel, housing and meals are the responsibility of each attendee. Please see helpful information below.

What about rooming for this event?

Severely discounted lodging is available through St. Joseph's College.

St. Joseph’s College on the University of Alberta Campus is providing exceptional housing and meal rates for conference participants this year. Campus housing puts all participants within 1 minute walking distance of presentation venues.

This year, due to tremendous support from St. Joseph's College, all traveling participants are the recipients of truly remarkable housing and meal rates. The prices below reflect TWO nights of lodgings (Friday and Saturday) as well as breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday morning, and Saturday lunch. Saturday Banquet Dinner and Community Dessert tickets are available for purchase separately. All lodging payments will be in Canadian dollars and USD estimates are only approximate and dependent on exchange rates at time of purchase.

Quad, Double, Single Rates: individual rooms with bathrooms within suites.

Quad Room Suite $149 CDN or $108 USD includes BOTH Fri and Sat lodgings AND all Fri and Sat meals except Saturday Community Banquet Dinner

Double Room Suite $169 CDN or $121 USD includes BOTH Fri and Sat lodgings and all Fri and Sat meals except Saturday Banquet Dinner

Single Room Suite $259 CDN or $190 USD includes BOTH Fri and Sat lodgings AND all Fri and Sat meals except Saturday Banquet Dinner

Meals Only Package (no accommodations) $100 CDN or $75 USD includes all Fri and Sat meals AND Saturday Banquet Dinner

Saturday Banquet Dinner +Wine $57 CDN or $45 USD for dinner and wine.

Transportation Services at University of Alberta

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Skyshuttle from Edmonton Airport $30 CDN/round trip or $18 CDN/each way (prices in Canadian dollars).

Skyshuttle provides transportation to and from Edmonton's International Airport.
Rides from Edmonton to the airport MUST be pre-booked online or by phone (780-465-8515) Rides from the airport to Edmonton do not need to be pre-booked - upon arrival simply proceed to Skyshuttle check-in desk. Click hereto access online booking and to learn more about rates and schedules for Skyshuttle.

Taxis and rideshare options
Click hereto learn more information about taxi services and rideshare options (like Uber) available from the Edmonton International Airport. Uber (approximately $55 CDN/one way)

Parking On-Campus behind St. Joseph's is limited but free, on a first-come-first-park basis.

What's the refund policy?

PARTIAL refunds for registration (not meals or fees) are possible upto 30 days prior the the conference, and are subject to fees incurred for Eventbrite processing the transaction. NO refunds are possible after 30 days prior to event for either registration or meals.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes. If you are unable to attend, you may tranfer your ticket to another attendee/participant by contacting the organizer and notifying of the change in writing.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

It's defintiely the smart thing to do!

Can I update my registration information?


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11325 89 Avenue Northwest

Edmonton, AB T6G 2J5


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