Welcome to the
Centre for Studies in Religion and Society
As we enter the 21st century, the study of religion raises challenging questions. In such a religiously diverse society as Canada, where do we draw the boundary separating church from state? Is the number of Canadians who belong to a religion increasing, decreasing, or is the very idea of what it means to be religious itself in flux? For that matter, what is religion? A tool for social control, a perfect divine gift, an expression of one's cultural tradition? And what about human rights - do they include the right to wear religious symbols or to pray in public?
Who we are
The CSRS is a community of academics dedicated to the scholarly study of religion in relation to all aspects of human society, from law and politics to family and culture to history, the sciences and the arts. We have no affiliation with any religion and no religious agenda. We are equally interested in Eastern, Western, ancient and contemporary religions. Meet our fellows-in-residence and associate fellows!
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We're certainly not alone in our curiosity about religion. We invite you to tour this site to learn more about the amazing community of scholars, researchers, donors, funders, and community members who share our interest, and who make the CSRS such an exciting place to be.
- CSRS Thursday Public Lecture Series - January 9 - Victims of Evil: A Challenge to Forgiveness and Faith
Michael Hadley, CSRS Associate Fellow. 4:30 pm, David Strong Building, room C122.
- John Albert Hall Lecture Series - Religion in Focus - These lectures feature expert perspectives on the changing role of religion in contemporary society
- IdeaFest 2014 – Religion and the Politics of Memory - Thursday, March 6
UVic, Harry Hickman Building, Room 105, 7:00 - 9:00 pm.
- New! Spirituality in Hospice Palliative Care, edited by Paul Bramadat, Harold Coward and Kelli I. Stajduhar (SUNY Press, 2013)
- A Goodbye and a Welcome -
We wished CSRS Administrator Leslie Kenny a fond farewell earlier this month. Leslie has decided to try new professional adventures. We thank Leslie for her many contributions to the CSRS over the last ten years and wish her well in all her future endeavours.
We welcomed Robbyn Lanning as Administrative Coordinator on July 15. She comes to us from the UVic School of Nursing where she helped build and shape the strategic direction of research at the School, as well as supported faculty and graduate-level research. She has earned her Bachelor and Master’s degrees in the areas of History in Art, Visual Art and Anthropology. Robbyn will begin her Master's of Library Information Science degree through the University of Washington this fall. In addition to having experience with editing, advertising, dissemination and complex research endeavours, she is also well entrenched in the UVic community, serving as a member of Senate and the Positive Space Network. Once you have a chance to meet and work with her you will see why we are so excited to welcome her into our community.
- New! View the UVic Libraries publication of The Seghers Collection: Old Books for a New World, by Dr. Hélène Cazes