Events

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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.

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The CSRS Weekly Lecture Series - January-April 2023

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).

January - April 2023: David Turpin Building A110 (unless specified otherwise)

Along with in-person lectures, 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. 


Jan. 12th, 2023

Jim Cohn

Online presentation

Selling Your Soul for Fun and Profit: Faustian Bargains

Jan. 19th, 2023

Zohra Batul and Reeta Tremblay

Online presentation

Sacred Sites as Public Sphere in Kashmir’s Contentious Politics 

Jan. 26th, 2023

Francis Landy

Three Bodies of God

Feb. 2nd, 2023

-postponed

Cindy Holmes 

*lecture moved to April 13th, 2023

Around the Table: Dinner Dialogues, Spirituality and Social Justice

Feb. 9th, 2023

Brian Bird

Conscience and Democracy

Feb. 16th, 2023

Tanya Brittain

Tracing Talisman: Power Politics and Religion in Modern Japan

March 2nd, 2023

Jessica Ziakin-Cook

'Outward and Visible Signs': Sacramentalism and Modern Art, 1920-1931

March 16th, 2023

Ratana Ly

Cambodia: The Impact of Religious Norms on Workplace Safety

*March 21st, 2023

Tuesday

5:00-6:30pm

HHB105

Sa'diyya Shaikh

*Please note the change in schedule and location.

Distinguished Lecture in Islam

An Ethics of Love and Justice: Islamic Feminist Reflections

March 30th, 2023

Rebecca Hall

Online Presentation

Visions of Impermanence: Cremation Structures and the Path to Heaven in Northern Thailand

April 6th, 2023

 

Holly Ratcliffe

 

Pentimenti: Ceramic Funeral Vessels as Biographies of Spiritual Homecomings

April 13th, 2023

SUB Upper Lounge

Cindy Holmes 

 Around the Table: Dinner Dialogues, Spirituality and Social Justice

 

 

The CSRS Weekly Lecture Series - September-December 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 2022: David Turpin Building A110 (unless specified otherwise)

Along with in-person lectures, 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. 15th, 2022 Daromir Rudnyckyj Protestant Ghosts of Neoliberalism

*Sept. 22th, 2022

11:00 am-12:00pm

John McGuckin

Online presentation

Orthodoxy in Kiev and Moscow: History of an Ecclesial Union or Subjugation?
Sept. 29th, 2022

Sadaf Ahmed, Amélie Barras, Katherine Bullock, Aaron Hughes, and Sahver Kuzucuoglu

Online Presentation

Producing Islam(s)
Oct. 6th, 2022 Carolyn Whitney-Brown "The experience of an enfleshed spirituality": Henri Nouwen and the Flying Trapeze
Oct. 13th, 2022 Catherine Reardon Physicians vs. Fundamentalists: The Lull in English Witchcraft Convictions

Oct. 20th, 2022

Philip Jenkins

Online Presentation

Climate, Catastrophe, and Faith: How Changes in Climate Drive Religious Upheaval (Part 1)

*Oct. 25th, 2022

Tuesday

Philip Jenkins

Online Presentation

Climate, Catastrophe, and Faith: How Changes in Climate Drive Religious Upheaval (Part 2)

Nov. 3rd, 2022

Aqsa Ijaz Fiction and the Formation of Love: Reading Nizāmī Ganjavī in Islamicate India
Nov. 17th, 2022 Lucie Kotesovska No Transcendence but in Things: Spirituality in Seamus Heaney's Poetry
Nov. 24th, 2022 Zhongping Chen Religion, Racism, and Rivalry in North American Chinatowns, 1896-1916

Dec. 1st, 2022

Justine Semmens Dangerous Liaisons: Sex Crimes and the Courts in France, 1500-1700

 

 

John Albert Hall Lectures 

(click the title for more detail)

Land, Law, Religion and Reconciliation: A Colloquium (May 4-6, 2023)

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JAH event in March 2022

Click here to watch a recording of this lecture.

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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. 

Watch here our past JAH lectures on the CSRS YouTube channel. 

The CSRS Weekly Lecture Series - May-June 2022

These CSRS lectures feature our fellows and special guests. They are held from 12:00-1:00 pm Pacific Time on Thursdays and provided both in-person and online (unless specifically stated). Please click speakers' names to access more information including the Zoom link for online viewing.

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

David Turpin Building A102

All lectures include a live audience Q&A. 

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. 

 

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May 5th, 2022

12:00-1:30pm

DTB A102

Paul Bramadat, Patricia O'Connell Killen, and Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme

Religion at the Edge: Nature, Spirituality, and Secularity in the Pacific Northwest

May 12th, 2022

Online presentation

Isabelle Kostecki

Emerging End of Life Rituals in Western Healthcare

May 19th, 2022

DTB A102

Katherine Young

Paradoxes of Youth and Old Age in the Arts of India

May 26th, 2022

DTB A102

Brian Pollick

Hell to Pay: Merchants and the Visualization of Morality in 14th C Italy

June 2nd, 2022

DTB A102

Jasjit Singh

Being Sikh in a Digital World

June 28th, 2022

9:30-11:00am

Online Presentation

Meera Kachroo and Shyam Ranganathan, and Paul Bramadat 

The Flexible Text: Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, Past and Present

 

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.

  • 13th Annual MEICON-BC Student Conference on the Middle East and the Islamic World
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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.

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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

2023 ASRI Lecture 

Past 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

Upcoming Centre-Cine session: 

Past Centre-Cine session:

Night and Fog (Director: Alain Resnais) Watch it here on Vimeo.

Just Mercy (Director: Destin Daniel Cretton) Watch a trailer here.

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.