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Dr Gareth Lloyd, the Library’s curator of Christian religious archives, represented the Rylands at the joint annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and the Society for Biblical Literature (SBL) in Chicago between 16 and 20 November.

The AAR and SBL are the world’s largest organisations devoted to the study of religion in all its aspects and the Chicago meeting attracted nearly 11,000 delegates, including representatives from the Religions and Theology department of the University of Manchester. The annual meeting showcases the latest in biblical and religious scholarship, fosters collegial contacts, advances research, and focuses on issues of the profession. One of the world’s largest exhibits of books and digital resources for biblical and religious studies is also on display.

Dr Lloyd, who has presented at previous AAR/SBL annual meetings, acted as joint convenor of a session on the theme of evangelical texts, traditions and theologies. This session, held each year in collaboration with Liverpool Hope University and George Fox Evangelical Seminary in the USA, offers an opportunity for junior scholars to present short papers on topics that promote primary research using archive and rare print collections.

In addition to the session, Dr Lloyd also took the opportunity to publicise Rylands collections and join with academic colleagues from the Religion and Theology department to promote study opportunities at the University of Manchester.

Religions and Theology staff attending the 2012 AAR in Chicago, with mascot.

Religions and Theology staff attending the 2012 AAR in Chicago, with mascot.