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.

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The CSRS Weekly Lecture Series - September 2021-April 2022

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). 

Locations of in person lectures (unless otherwise noted in the table).

September-December 2021: Elliott Building 168

January-April 2022: David Turpin Building A102

Due to precautions related to Covid-19, we require proof of vaccination for in-person attendees. We will also run parallel online access to these lectures. This online access will be live on Zoom and recordings on the CSRS YouTube channel. Click speakers' names for Zoom sign-in information and more details.​ Click here or the button above to access our YouTube channel for recordings.

All lectures include a live audience Q&A both in person and on the Zoom platform. 

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. 23rd, 2021 John Thatamanil Desiring Truth: The Fate of Knowing in a Post-Truth Era
Oct. 7th, 2021

Dustin Benac

Collaborative Partnership as a Way of Life
Oct. 14th, 2021

Karin Meyers 

Love it or Leave it? Buddhist Perspectives on the Natural World

*Oct. 20th, 2021

(Wed 12:00pm-1:00pm)

Jane Macnaughton

SUB A121-Michele Pujol Room

1st installment of CSRS Health Humanities Workshop series

Medical Humanities and Post-Covid Futures

Oct. 21, 2021

Andrea Jain

2nd installment of CSRS Health Humanities Workshop series

Eat Your Own Leg: Medicine, Religion, and Non-Compliance in the Time of Planetary Crisis

Oct. 28th, 2021

Dan Russek

Secular Mysticism: Aesthetic Experience and the Epiphanies of the Everyday

*Nov. 2nd, 2021

(Tue 5:00-6:30pm)

Deanna Hutchings, Misha Butot, and Peter Scales

Hickman 105

Speaking of Death…

Pre-study reading materials are available here!

Nov. 4th, 2021

Man Kong Wong

Online presentation

Christian Contributions to Medicine in Hong Kong during WWII
Nov. 18th, 2021

Graham McDonough

How Supersessionism Obstructs the Catholic Church's Approach to Reconciliation
Nov. 25th, 2021

*This lecture is postponed.

Estraven Lupino-Smith

*This lecture is postponed to a later date.

Landscape Liturgy: Weaving as Land-Based Ritual

*Dec. 2nd, 2021


Cynthia Moe-Lobeda and David Seljak


Resisting Structural Evil: Climate, Economy and Hope

*This lecture requires a registration for online viewing.

Register here to view online.

Jan. 13th, 2022

Andrew Wender

Messianic Imperialism: The Nature of a Paradox

Jan. 20th, 2022

Abby Day

Why Baby Boomers Turned From Religion

Jan. 27th, 2022

Amy Verdun

The Wellbeing of Bangladeshi Migrants in Italy: The Impact of Muslim Religious Practices

Feb. 3rd, 2022

Shianna McAllister

Property, Industry, and Climate Injustice in Nlaka’pamux Territory

Feb. 10th, 2022

Trevor Israelsen

Business Dynasties, Tradition and the Resilience of Ancient Institutions

Feb. 17th, 2022

Stacie Swain

Reorienting Politics through Public Expressions of Indigenous Ceremony

*March 3rd, 2022


Christiana Zenner, Tzeporah Berman, and Deondre Smiles

MAC A144 (David Lam Auditorium)


Watershed Moment: Spirituality, Forests and Fresh Water

March 10th, 2022

Jaiya Anka

Queen, Sultana or Saint? Interwoven Identities as a Portrait of 16th Century Venice

March 17th, 2022

Jerry Flexer

Jiddu Krishnamurti's Invention of Religion Without Beliefs

March 24th, 2022

Dominique Leydet

Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Legal Traditions in Canada: Some Challenges

March 31st, 2022

Lauren Strumos

Notions of Justice Among Activists Opposed to the Trans Mountain Pipeline

April 7th, 2022

Patrick Boyle 

Nowhere to Now Here



John Albert Hall Lectures 

(click the above title for more information)

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. 

The CSRS Weekly Lecture Series - May-June 2021

These CSRS lectures feature our fellows and special guests. They are held from 12:00-1:00 pm Pacific Time on Thursdays (unless specifically stated). Due to precautions related to Covid-19, lectures are online only. All lectures include a live audience Q&A. Please click speakers' names to access to more information including the Zoom links

May 5th, 2021   5:00-6:30pm

CAPI/CSRS/CFGS panel discussion

A recording of this lecture is available here.

The Global State of Democracy after Biden's first 100 Days
May 27th, 2021

David Eagle

How Anti-Racism Policies Fail: Barriers for Black Pastors
June 3rd, 2021 Edda Wolff Why Gaps Matter: Negative Space in the Reconciliation Process
June 17th, 2021

Timothy Stacey

Animist Imaginaries and Environmental Activism
June 24th, 2021

Paul Arnold

Pointing to Things Unseen: A Gestural Approach to Religious Signs

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. 

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.