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Lectures, conferences, symposia, a film series, field-trips and special events—these are some of the channels through which knowledge generated from CSRS research is shared with the community. With few exceptions, CSRS events are free and open to all members of the public and university community.

John Albert Hall Lectures 

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2020-21 JAH "Values for a New World" series poster

Watch here our past JAH lectures on CSRS Vimeo site. 

The John Albert Hall Lectures are a multi-part speaker series featuring expert perspectives on the changing role of religion in contemporary society. Support for this series is generously provided by the Anglican Diocese of Islands and Inlets John Albert Hall Trust. 

CSRS Weekly Lecture Series and more

The CSRS Weekly Lecture Series

These CSRS lectures feature our fellows and special guests. They are held from 5:00-6:00 pm Pacific Time on Thursdays throughout the academic year, with the exception of some special lectures (see dates below with an asterisk* for exceptions). Due to precautions related to Covid-19, lectures are online only. All lectures include a live audience Q&A. Click speakers' names for Zoom sign-in information and more details.

Audio recordings of past lectures are available on UVic's SoundCloud site and the videos for the John Albert Hall Lectures are available on our Vimeo page. 

Sept. 17th, 2020 Gary Kuchar Literature, Religion and the Senses of Place in the English Civil War

Sept. 24th, 2020

Nikki Sanchez Exploring Emergent Media for Indigenous Sovereignty and Resurgence
Oct. 1st, 2020

Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham, Sonya Sharma, Rachel Brown and
Melania Calestani

Prayer as Transgression? The Social Relations of Prayer in Healthcare Settings
Oct. 8th, 2020

Erica Greenup


Leaving Catholicism: Secularization among Women on Vancouver Island since the 1960s
Oct. 15th, 2020 Tamsin Jones, Victor Hori
and Russell McCutcheon
Should ‘Religious Insiders’ Teach Religious Studies?

Oct. 22nd, 2020

Drexler Ortiz

Ian H. Stewart Graduate Student Fellow

The Role of the Congregation: Religious Identity Among Filipinx Sexual Minorities
Oct. 29th, 2020

Chris Goto-Jones

Archetypes of Mindfulness
Nov. 5th, 2020

Merinda Simmons and John

What just Happened? Religion and Politics in the US
Nov. 19th, 2020

Jingjing Li

Katherine Young Travel Award Graduate Student


Buddhist Texts as Lived Objects
Nov. 26th, 2020

Tim Gosley


The Heart Coffer: Spiritual Explorations through Puppetry

*Dec. 3rd, 2020


Esi Edugyan with Tim Lilburn

Please visit this CSRS vimeo page to watch the recorded lecture.

Writing and the Great Change Upon Us

First installment of the Values for a New World series

*Jan. 7th, 2021


Miroslav Volf

Please visit this CSRS vimeo page to watch the recorded lecture.

At Home in the World?

Second installment of the Values for a New World series

Jan. 14th, 2021

Françoise Keating

Heather J. Lindstedt & Brian A. Pollick Graduate Student Fellow

Creating a Civil Society: René d’Anjou and Religious Rebirth

Jan. 21st, 2021

Daniel Boyarin

What’s Wrong with ‘Religion’?

Jan. 28th, 2020

Randa El Khatib

CSRS Graduate Student Fellow


Early Modern Biblical Cartography in John Milton’s Paradise Lost

*Feb. 2nd, 2021

(Tue 11:00am-12:30pm)

Noam Chomsky

A video recording of this lecture is now available here.

Confluence of Challenges: The Fate of the Human Experiment

Third installment of the Values for a New World series

Feb. 11th, 2021

Maggie Jones


The Economic Legacy of Christian Missions among Indigenous Communities

Feb. 25th, 2021


Manvinder Gill

Click here to attend the lecture as early as 4:50 pm PST. 

Zoom Meeting ID: 969 7152 9046 Password: 542134

Tense Misalignments: Exploring Sikh Canadians’ Relationship with Alcohol


*March 2nd, 2021

(Tue 5:00-6:30pm)

Thomas Homer-Dixon

This lecture requires registration. Please use the registration link seen above.

*Please note that this lecture has been rescheduled from Feb 23rd.

Commanding Hope

Includes discussion with panelists: 

Katie Stockdale (philosophy, University of Victoria),

Lisa Kretz (philosophy, University of Evansville),

Britt Wray (broadcaster and writer), and

Ian Alexander (CBC host and Anglican Diocese of Islands and Inlets), 

Fourth installment of the Values for a New World series

*March 4th, 2021


Linda Woodhead

This lecture requires registration. Please register here or visit the JAH page for details.

Values are the New Religion

Fifth installment of the Values for a New World series

March 11th, 2021 Kathryn Chan The Adjudication of Religious Refugee Claims

*March 16th, 2021

(Tue 11:00am-12:30pm)

JAH Guest Panel

This lecture requires registration. The registration link will be available soon.

Featuring: Noam Chomsky, Miroslav Volf, Esi Edugyan, Linda Woodhead

March 25th, 2021

Meharoona Ghani

CSRS Artist-in-Residence

Letters to Rumi

April 1st, 2021

Eliza McClenagan

CSRS Graduate Student Fellow

Purifying Protestantism: Anti-Jewish Theology and the Holocaust


Special Events

The CSRS hosts a range of special events including conferences, symposia, tours, and one-off lectures, often in collaboration with other UVic departments, community organizations, or affiliates such as MEICON.

Distinguished Lecture in Islam

The CSRS presents lectures from an eminent scholar working in fields related to Islamic studies. A fund supporting this lecture series was established in 2007 by an anonymous donor who wished to increase the community's understanding of Islam.

We will announce the information on next Distinguished Lecture in Islam events as soon as it becomes available.

Conferences, Seminars, & Symposiums

In collaboration with community and university partners the CSRS hosts special events such as conferences, seminars, and symposiums. Check back for information about upcoming events as they are schedulled.

Recent Events

March 15th, 2019 -- "Religion and its Others: Power, Sovereignty, and Politics in Indian Religions Past and Present" Sponsored by the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute. Please click here for the symposium agenda.

Centre-Cine Film Series

From September through April, the CSRS presents feature or documentary films as part of the Centre-Cine Film Series. The films are carefully chosen to explore questions of morality, culture, the search for meaning, and other themes arising from the human spiritual journey.

Centre-Cine participants from centre fellows will be sent the name of selected films. It is up to participants to locate and watch the films themselves. All participants are then invited to meet for a group discussion on the films with CSRS Artist-in-Residence, Terry Marner, acting as a facilitator. All films in the series will be available on Netflix and most will be available from the Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL) on DVD. Viewers may have to place a hold on the movie if they are using the GVPL.