The IAAS was formally constituted at the 2015 International Anselm Conference held at Boston College, Boston, USA, as the successor organisation to the International Anselm Committee, which had successfully organised regular conferences and meetings beginning in 1959 at Bec and up until the early 2000s.
Following the success of the 2009 International Anselm Conference held at the University of Kent in Canterbury, UK, two of the organisers (Giles Gasper and Ian Logan) began the process of establishing a successor organisation to the International Anselm Committee with the support of other attendees. Small events at Oxford, Durham, and Providence College, Rhode Island, took place in the following years, with the first major conference under the auspices of the IAAS being held at Boston in 2015 under the leadership of Eileen Sweeney.
The inaugural general meeting of the IAAS took place at the Boston Conference, at which the President, Secretary and Committee Members were chosen. The meeting confirmed the association’s constitution and determined that the next international conference will be held at the University of Durham, UK, in 2019, and that the organising committee will be chaired by Giles Gasper.
The IAAS is governed by a committee elected by its members. The committee for the period 2015-2019 is:
Giles Gasper, University of Durham – President
Ian Logan, Blackfriars Hall, Oxford – Secretary
Sara Uckelman, University of Durham – Membership Secretary
Bernd Goebel, Theologische Fakultät Fulda – Committee Member
Margaret Healy-Varley, Providence College – Committee Member
John Slotekmaker, Fairfield University – Committee Member
Eileen Sweeney, Boston College – Committee Member
David Whidden, Our Lady of the Lake College – Committee Member