Annual Meetings

The society's annual meetings are held in conjunction with the annual meetings of the American Academy of Religion. Please consult the AAR web site for details as to location, housing, and the like.

The format of our meetings typically consists of two or three sessions, the first on Friday evening and the others on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday, with a business meeting (open to all members) in the final half hour of one of these gatherings.

The society’s 2019 Annual Meeting will be held in San Diego, California, Nov. 22-24.

2019 Annual Meeting Program

Friday, November 22
7:00-9:00pm, Convention Center 24A (Upper Level East)
AAR Program: P22-504

Theme: Violence: Its Justification and Role in the Spiritual Life

Michael T. McLaughlin, Old Dominion University, Presiding


Graham M. Schweig, Christopher Newport University & Graduate Theological Union
Ted Ulrich, University of Saint Thomas
Patrick Beldio, Reunion Studios
Rita Sherma, Graduate Theological Union

Responding: Michael Stoeber, Regis College and University of Toronto

Saturday, November 23
7:30-8:30am, Hilton Bayfront, Indigo E (Second Level)
AAR Program: P23-100

Society for Hindu-Christian Studies Board Meeting

Kerry San Chirico, Villanova University, Presiding

Saturday, November 23
9:00am-11:30am, Hilton Bayfront, Aqua E (Third Level)
AAR Program: M23-103

Joint Session with the Dharma Academy of North America (DANAM)

Theme: Book Review Panel on Hindu Approaches to Spiritual Care: Chaplaincy in Theory and Practice, ed. Vineet Chander and Lucinda Mosher

Convener: Rita D. Sherma, Graduate Theological Union

Asha Shipman, Yale University, Presiding


Varun Khanna, University of Pennsylvania
Jeffery D. Long, Elizabethtown University
Ramdas Lamb, University of Hawai'i, Manoa
Kerry San Chirico, Villanova University

Responding: Vineet Chander, Princeton University, and Lucinda Mosher, Hartford Seminary

Sunday, November 24
9:00am-11:30am, Convention Center, 11A (Upper Level West)
AAR Program: P24-106

Theme: Intersection of Hindu-Christian Comparative Theology and Religious Pluralism

Anant Rambachan, Saint Olaf College, Presiding


Elaine Fisher, Stanford University
John Thatamanil, Union Theological Seminary
Reid Locklin, University of Toronto
Kalpesh Bhatt, University of Toronto

Responding: Francis X. Clooney, Harvard University

Society for Hindu-Christian Studies Business Meeting

Kerry San Chirico, Villanova University, Presiding

Past Annual Meetings

2018 Denver, CO
2017 Boston, MA
2016 San Antonio, TX
2015 Atlanta, Georgia
2014 San Diego, California

2013 Baltimore, Maryland

2012 Chicago, Illinois
2011 San Francisco, California
2010 Atlanta, Georgia
2009 Montréal, Quebec
2008 Chicago, Illinois
2007 San Diego, California
2006 Washington, D.C.
2005 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2004 San Antonio, Texas
2003 Atlanta, Georgia
2002 Toronto, Ontario
2001 Denver, Colorado
2000 Nashville, Tennessee
1999 Boston, Massachusetts
1998 Orlando, Florida
1997 San Francisco, California
1996 New Orleans, Louisiana
1995 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1994 Chicago, Illinois