Former fellow Vincent Gornall leads a walking tour

Former CSRS graduate student fellow Vincent Gornall leading a walking tour which highlighed religious aspects of Victoria’s urban environment. Photo by Ray Lister.

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.

The CSRS Weekly Lecture Series

This series features weekly presentations by the various graduate, faculty, and visiting research fellows in residence at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society.

The Thursday Public Lecture Series will take place from 5:00-6:00 pm in the David Turpin Building, Room A110.  Light refreshments will be provided. Click the speakers' names for more information.

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. 12th, 2019 Rachel Brown and Michel Desjardins Nourishing Religious Studies: What Food Reveals about Religion

Sept. 19th, 2019

Val Napoleon

Indigenous Law and Hope—A Gendered Perspective
Sept. 26th, 2019 Jessica Pratezina Disciples by Default: Growing up in Alternative Religious Movements
Oct. 3rd, 2019 Diarmaid MacCulloch JAH Lecture: Christianity Past, Present and Future: The Big Picture
Oct. 8th, 2019 Diarmaid MacCulloch

JAH Lecture: Christianity and Islam: Drawing the Right Lessons from History

Oct. 17th, 2019 Victor Hori (to be rescheduled)

Ritual Vulgarity in Zen Buddhism

Oct. 24th, 2019 Kathryn Chan

The Trouble with Collective Religious Freedom

Oct. 31st, 2019

Dulma Karunarathna

Women as Patrons of Religious Art in Sri Lanka: Some Social Implications

Nov. 7th, 2019 Andrew Perrin

(Re)discoveries in the Judaean Desert: Fact, Fable, and Finding the Dead Sea Scrolls

Nov. 21st, 2019 Tim Lilburn

Contemplative Practices, Contemplative Pedagogies

Nov. 28th, 2019 Graham Jensen

Towards a New History of Modern Poetry and Religion

Jan. 9th, 2020 Graham McDonough

Religious Diversity, Catholic Schooling and Pope Francis

Jan. 16th, 2020 Todd Klaiman

Merchants, Monastics, and Chinese National Identity in Malaya, 1904-1915

Jan. 23rd, 2020 Nicola Sanchez-Hood

Indigenous Reimagined: Exploring Virtual and Augmented Reality for Cultural Resurgence

Jan. 30th, 2020 Shereen El Feki

Crossing the Red Lines: What Sex Says About a Changing Arab World

Feb. 6th, 2020 Jordan Stanger-Ross

Holocaust Commemoration in Victoria: The Politics of Memory

Feb. 13th, 2020 Ambreen Hussaini Contemporary Creative Expressions of the Qur’an in Pakistan
Feb. 27th, 2020 Walid Saleh The Genealogy of a Discipline: Qur’an Commentary and Religious Transformation in the Modern Middle East
March 5th, 2020 Panel of experts Religion, Spirituality and Ecology in the Anthropocene
March 12th, 2020 Davjola Ndoja The Role of Music in the Extreme-Right Movement in Germany
March 19th, 2020 Gary Kuchar Literature, Religion and the Senses of Place in the English Revolution
March 26th, 2020 Timothy Gosley The Heart Coffer: Spiritual Explorations through Puppetry
April 2nd, 2020 Erica Greenup Leaving Catholicism: Secularization among Women on Vancouver Island since the 1960s












 Past Events:

May 8th, 2019 Kerry Sloan 'A Great Compassion': Spirituality in Métis Culture, Law and Diplomacy 
May 15th, 2019 Pauline Ridge Law and the Financing of Religion in a Secular State. To listen to Pauline Ridge's lecture, please visit our Soundcloud account.  
May 22nd, 2019 David Tollerton Religion and Public Holocaust Remembrance in Britain. To listen to David Tollerton's lecture, please visit our Soundcloud account.  
May 29th, 2019 Kefen Zhou Christianity and Chinese Women's Social Mobility, 1880-1950. To listen to Kefen Zhou's lecture, please visit our Soundcloud account.  


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

Every two years the CSRS presents a lecture 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.

The next Distinguished Lecture in Islam will take place during the 2018-19 academic year.

Conferences, Seminars, & Symposiums

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

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.




John Albert Hall Lectures

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 BC John Albert Hall Trust. Lectures are free and open to all members of the public and university community. Video recordings of past John Albert Hall Lectures are available on the CSRS vimeo site.

For more information, visit our John Albert Hall page here.

Centre-Cine Film Series

Each month from September through April, the CSRS presented a feature or documentary film 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.

Every month Centre-Cine participants from centre fellows will be sent the name of a selected film. It is up to participants to locate and watch the film themselves. All participants are then invited to meet for a group discussion on the film with CSRS Artist in residence, Terry Marner, acting as 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.