The Worldwide Association for the Study of Religion is an association for scholars studying religion or with an interest in religion that aims to develop a platform accessible to any scholar or student wherever he or she might live. The goal of the association is to study religion in all of its forms and not to lobby for any particular religious or non-religious belief.
The Worldwide Association for the Study of Religion is intended to be a forum that is extremely wide in scope for scholars in the humanities and social sciences as well as biological and evolutionary sciences, such as cognitive neuroscience. The Worldwide Association for the Study of Religion is a non-profit organization.
One of the main reasons for which I have started this association is to close the gap between scholars working in developing countries and those in the West. Indeed, although there are many national and international associations, which tend to have high fees for memberships and are limited in the use of new online conferencing technology that can avoid costly travel, it is increasingly difficult for some scholars and students to partake in the annual conferences of mainstream associations, especially in these times of widespread university budget cuts that affect funding available for conference attendance.
The Worldwide Association for the Study of Religion will use innovation and affordable technology to achieve unprecedented networking, including that which can facilitate the contact between job seekers and academic and non-academic employers as well as scholars and publishers.
The intention is not to replace organizations like the American Academy of Religion, but rather to provide a different environment. The Worldwide Association for the Study of Religion is still a work in progress, and you can join this fast growing community and help to shape this association. We are using a bottom-up approach to build our scholarly home.