Centre for Studies in Religion and Society

CSRS 2019-20 Annual Report is Here!

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From Ideafest 2020 "Religion, Spirituality, and Anthoropocene "

Visit our lecture video collection!

We have more than 75 lecture videos mostly from our past John Albert Hall lecture series. Click the image to directly go to our collection (this image is from CSRS 2020 Ideafest in March, "Religion, Spirituality, and Ecology in the Anthropocene").

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International Research

International Research

Interior, Rustem Pasha Mosque, 1563, Architect Sinan, Istanbul, Turkey, Photo: Angela Andersen

Artefacts of Faith

Artefacts of Faith

Former CSRS Community Fellow Michelle Brown looked at current religious practices among the Unitarians of Transylvania. Pictured are communion utensils used at the Bolyai Street Church, Marasvásárhely. Photo: M. Brown

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.


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.


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

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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