Centre for Studies in Religion and Society

CSRS fellows in action

CSRS fellows in action

Former CSRS fellow Genevieve von Petzinger explores the French rock art cave of Roc de Vézac. Photo by Dillon von Petzinger.

The inner life of a camera

The inner life of a camera

2014-15 Artist in Residence Trudi L. Smith installs Portable Camera Obsura at Spiral Jetty. Smith's artistic work connects photography with Buddhist spirituality and contemplative practice. Photo by Trudi L. Smith.

Found in translation

Found in translation

The CSRS "Found in Translation" collection features modern renderings of sacred texts from around the world. Pictured here is Ezekiel’s Vision at Chebar, Donald Jackson, © 2005, The Saint John’s Bible.

Evidence, faith and popular perceptions

Evidence, faith and popular perceptions

The CSRS IdeaFest event, Understanding sex work: Evidence, faith & popular perceptions, examined the roles both research and faith play in forming public opinion and policy about sex work. Photo by Bonnie Sawyer.

Cultural and religious identities

Cultural and religious identities

CSRS Graduate Student Fellow Munazzah Aktar investigates the cultural and religious identities of historic sites in South Asia. Pictured here is the ruined Khanqah of Sufi Saint Hammad Jamali. Photo by Munazzah Aktar.

Religion today

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 Centre for Studies in Religion and Society (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. The CSRS hosts a vibrant community of interdisciplinary scholars, researchers, students, artists, and community members through its diverse fellowship programs. To learn more about the people who make our centre unique, visit the "about us" page.


Events

EUCE lecturer Monique Scheer

The CSRS is host to an array of events including lectures, conferences, symposia, field-trips and a film series. Detailed information about our current offerings is available on our events page.

Fellowships

Sedgewick building

A variety of students, faculty members, visiting researchers, and community sabatticants call the centre their home. Visit our fellowships page to learn more about becoming part of the CSRS community.

Research & publications

CSRS publications

Research and publishing are at the heart of centre activities. To learn more and find the most up-to-date information about CSRS book projects and research networks, visit the research and publications page.


Connect with us

The CSRS is located on the University of Victoria campus "inside the Ring" in the Sedgewick Building, Vandekerkhove Wing, Room B102. You can also reach us by phone, email, or fax:

Phone: 250-721-6325
Email:
Fax:250-721-6234

CSRS courier address:
Centre for Studies in Religion and Society
University of Victoria
3800 Finnerty Road
Victoria, BC V8P 5C2 Canada

CSRS mailing address:
Centre for Studies in Religion and Society
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700, STN CSC
Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2 Canada

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