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

The Fall Public Lecture Series will begin in September, 2017. 

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

The public lectures are held from 4:30 - 5:30pm Thursday afternoons in the Turpin Building, Room A110 (Sept-Dec 2017) and Strong Building Room C118 (Jan-Apr 2018).

The John Albert Hall lectures are held in Turpin Room A120 (Sept 28, Oct 12, Nov 9 and Nov 30). 

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. 14 2017 Patricia Killen A Canary in the Mine? Spirituality, Religious Institutions, Civic Life and Secularization in the Pacific Northwest
Sept. 21 2017 Hasina Banu Ibrahim Muslim Childhoods: Critical Issues in Child Rearing & Early Childhood Education
Sept. 28 2017 Deanna Thompson Martin Luther and the Ambiguity of Reform
Oct. 5 2017 Marcus Milwright Shock of the New? The Written Word in the first Century of Islam
Oct. 12 2017 Carlos Eire Reshuffling the seen and the unseen: a reappraisal of the legacy of the Reformation
Oct. 19 2017 Lesley Jessop The Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris: then and now
Oct. 26 2017 Marina Bettaglio From Mater Dolorosa to Mater Glamurosa: Maternal Mystique in Contemporary Spain
Nov. 2 2017 Colin Macleod Have A Little Faith: Religion, Democracy and the American Public School
Nov. 9 2017 Phyllis Airhart R Reformation and Canada: Theme and Variations
Nov. 16 2017 Brandi Estey-Burtt When the Messiah Comes: Religion and Ethics in 21st Century Literature
Nov. 23 2017 Sunila and Christian Lee Novetzke Yoga as Politics: An Alternative History
Nov. 30 2017 Brad Gregory Why the Reformation Still Matters
Jan. 4 2018 Elsie Mountford Click to Enter: Exploring Ottoman Mosques in the Peloponnese
Jan. 11 2018 Ethan Calof

The Bold New Men: Jewish-Russian Literature and Masculinity

Jan. 18 2018 Shamma Boyarin “What did Luther ever do for us?”: The Reformation and the Jews
Jan. 25 2018 Michael Wilkinson

Evangelicalism, Moral Panic, and Canadian Law

Feb. 1 2018 Zabeen Khamisa

A Generation of Change: Millennial Sikh Innovators in Canada

Feb. 8 2018 Neilesh Bose

Slavery and Indian Religion in the Era of Atlantic Abolition

Feb. 22 2018 Francis Landy Death and Exile in the Book of Isaiah
Mar. 1 2018 Christina Gentile Nada Yoga, Pranayama, and Vocal Psychotherapy: Singing and Breathing Practices as Forces for Transformation
Mar. 8 2018 Ideafest Panel Blessings and Burdens: Reflections on Medical Assistance in Dying
Mar. 15 2018 Ramesh Bairy Thinking Religion Regionally: Hindu Institutions in Contemporary South India
Mar. 22 2018 Seyedhamed Yeganehfarzand Ismaili Castles: Beyond Defensive Functions
Mar. 29 2018 Paige Thombs

The Arc of the Covenant: The Evolution of Trinity Western University’s Community Covenant

Apr. 5 2018 Martin Adam & Jeffrey Renn Theatre Meets Religious Studies on the Path to Nirvana: What the Buddha Never Taught
Apr. 12 2018 Laura Trunkey The Windspir Sisters: a magic realist novel about an asylum and the afterlife

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.

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.

This autumn 2017, join us for a special series of lectures focusing on themes related to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. 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 will be sent the name of a selected film. It is up to participants to locate and watch the film themselves. Everyone is 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.

Events calendar coming soon!