Centre for Studies in Religion and Society

2020-21 Annual Report is here.

The latest CSRS publication is our 2020-21 Annual Report. Please read it here.

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2021-22 CSRS Artist-in-Residence: Patrick Boyle

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2021-22 Artist-in-Residence: Estraven Lupino-Smith

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CSRS video archives

Phosphor Tailings Pond #4, Near Lakeland, Florida, USA 2012. photo © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto​

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CSRS SoundCloud collection

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Welcome to the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society

CSRS during COVID-19

We are committed to protecting the safety of the CSRS community and the broader UVic community during the pandemic. We developed our Safe Work Plan (SWP) for the centre, following the guidelines from UVic Occupational Health, Safety and Environment (OHSE). Please visit the OHSE COVID-19 health and safty page to read the university's approach in more detail. If you would like to know more about our SWP, please email us at csrs@uvic.ca.

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.

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Contact CSRS during COVID-19

While we make every effort to answer phone calls as soon as possible, there may be a delay in our response during the pandemic, as most staff are working from home. It is advised to use email whenever possible so we can respond to your inquiry sooner. Thank you for your patience.

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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Vimeo: Catch your favourite CSRS lectures on Vimeo.
Soundcloud: Listen to past CSRS lectures on the CSRS SoundCloud page.