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  • Tuebingen 2014

    DSR contingent at Tübingen summer workshop

    This past July faculty members Dr. Pamela Klassen and Dr. Simon Coleman took graduate students to Tübingen, Germany to participate in the “Scales of Value: Intersections of Religion, Economy, and Law” workshop…

  • Mellon recipients

    DSR faculty receive Mellon Sawyer grant

    Congratulations to Karen Ruffle, Walid Saleh, and Ajay Rao, who have received a Mellon Sawyer Seminar grant for the next two years. A call is now out for graduate fellows as […]

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    Religious Genealogies of Contemporary South Asia Reading Group

    You are invited to join a discussion of the “poetic imagination” of the city as proposed by one of the most creative and influential anthropologists of Nepal. For having this reading group accredited as an independent reading course…

  • Congratulations to our newest PhDs!

    The DSR’s latest PhDs joined us for a celebration cake – congratulations to all, from all.  

  • Religion & Society Essay Competition

    Whiteboard is holding an essay competition for students who have written, or would like to write, an essay on the topic of “Religion and Society.” The deadline for this competition […]

  • Whiteboard social networking site launched for undergraduates

    Last night’s Whiteboard Meet & Greet was a great success! Students and professors from the Religion and History departments celebrated the launch of the academically-oriented social networking site for U […]

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    Anti-Hagiography and Public Controversy in Colonial South India

    Lecture given by Professor Srilata Raman of the University of Toronto. Presented at the University of Chicago’s South Asia Seminar.

  • The Jane Trombley Undergraduate Scholarship, and The Jane Trombley Graduate Scholarship in the Department for the Study of Religion

    The department is pleased to announce that, through the generosity of Gaye Trombley and in memory of her sister, Jane Trombley, two new scholarships have been established for students in […]

  • Six Doctoral Dissertation Defences in Less Than Three Weeks

    The Department for the Study of Religion would like to congratulate the students below for successfully defending their  dissertations. We also thank their supervisors and committee members for the support […]

  • About the RPS

    Religion in the Public Sphere at U of T

    What is religion in the public sphere? An overview from Professors Pamela Klassen and Simon Coleman.

  • Ruth Marshall video

    Pentecostalism, Poverty and Power

    Professor Ruth Marshall speaks at Duke Divinity School’s Religions and Public Life series.

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    Spring Newsletter, 2012-13

    From the Acting Chair, James DiCenso After serving as Chair from 2002 to 2007, I spent the next five years, besides teaching and working with graduate students, mainly hunkered down […]

  • University of Toronto and Columbia Libraries Launch Tibetan Studies Partnership

    MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE from the UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO January 22, 2013 TORONTO, ON – An international collaboration between the University of Toronto and Columbia University’s research libraries will […]

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    DSR celebrates PhD graduates at November convocation

    The Department was well represented at the afternoon convocation ceremony on Friday November 15, 2013. Our Chair, John Kloppenborg, served as the Beadle and carried in the ceremonial mace, and […]

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    End of Days: Mayan Prophecy 1212

    Professor John Marshall reflects on what it is about the end of the world that keeps us wanting more.

  • Department for the Study of Religion mourns the loss of Devanathan Jagannathan

    It is with great sadness that we convey the tragic news of the loss of one of our doctoral students, Devanathan Jagannathan. Devanathan passed away this past weekend of natural […]

  • James DiCenso is Acting Chair of Religion for 2012-13

    After serving as Chair of Religion during 2002-2007, James DiCenso is returning as Acting Chair for 2012-13. DiCenso takes over from John Kloppenborg, who has completed a five year term […]

  • Spring Newsletter, 2011-12

    From the Chair, John Kloppenborg As you’ll read, 2011-12 has been an exceptionally active year for the Department for the Study of Religion. Our faculty continue to win top honours […]

  • Joseph O’Connell

    Prof. Joseph (Joe) O’Connell, professor emeritus of Hinduism at the Department for the Study of Religion, and long-time associate of St. Michael’s College, passed away on Sunday 6 May at […]

  • Opening the T. Nicholas Schonhoffer Library

    On Tuesday 24 April, at 2 pm, we will officially open the T. Nicholas Schonhoffer Collection in room 213 at the Department. The family and friends of Nicholas have graciously […]

  • New issue of Symposia journal published

    The new issue of Symposia, the journal of the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto, publishing in this volume articles related to the theme of […]

  • Kevin O'Neill video

    MS13: Street Gang Ethnography

    Professor Kevin O’Neill on the ethnography of the MS13 street gang.

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    City of God: Christian citizenship in post-war Guatemala

    Professor Kevin O’Neill discusses Christian citizenship in post-war Guatemala.

  • Spring Newsletter, 2010-11

    From the Chair, John Kloppenborg 2010-11 has been an exciting year! In July we welcomed Simon Coleman, the fifth Chancellor Jackman Chair to be appointed by the U of T. […]

  • Undergraduates appointed Jackman Fellows

    The Jackman Humanities Institute has appointed six Undergraduate Fellows for 2011-2012, and two of these are Religion majors. JHI Undergraduate Fellows are linked with faculty fellows who supervise the students’ […]

  • Islam and the Bible

    Professor Walid Saleh was recently featured in the U of T Magazine, with a story on his research into medieval Arabic translations of the Bible.  Journalist John Lorinc explains how […]

  • New and upcoming books on Islam

    In celebration of new and upcoming books on Islam by three of our faculty, join us on Wednesday, March 9th, from 5-7 pm, at the University of Toronto Arts Centre, […]

  • Students and faculty headed for Germany

    Eleven Ph.D. students will be traveling to Germany in February 2011, with the support of a DAAD Study Tour Grant. Profs. Amira Mittermaier and Pamela Klassen will be leading the […]

  • Ruth Marshall on Spiritual Warfare

    Assistant Professor Ruth Marshall‘s 2009 book, pictured at right, has already received rave reviews. Jean-François Bayart, of the French National Center for Scientific Research, writes, “This is one of the […]

  • Kevin O’Neill on Two Ways Out

    With support from The Wenner Gren Foundation, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Kevin O’Neill is pursuing fieldwork for a new book, tentatively […]

  • Shafique Virani wins OCUFA Teaching Award

    Three U of T faculty members received recognition from the Ontario Confederation of Faculty Associations for their skills in the classroom. Professors Susan McCahan of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Shafique […]

  • Planning for the Dead Sea Scrolls

    By Eva Mroczek Before I entered graduate school, I imagined the life of a scholar to be cerebral and solitary and expected to spend days locked in a library pouring […]

  • Research Partnerships Program

    In the Department for the Study of Religion’s new Research Partnership Program, seven undergraduates and Master’s Degree students are working with faculty and senior graduate students on their research. East […]

  • Testing Methods and Teaching Islam

    By Shaftolu Gulamadov I worked this year as RA for Shafique Virani, assisting with his courses at the UTM campus. Virani is a lively and inspirational teacher of Islamic history […]

  • Doctoral Student Joins Translation Team

    Doctoral student Bryan Levman participated in a three week workshop at the Mangalam Centre in Berkeley, California, on translating the recently discovered Sanskrit edition of the Vimalakirtinirdesa sutra (discovered in […]

  • Jain Studies in India

    By Sean Hillman Since returning from the International Summer School for Jain Studies in India, the end of which had me giving my first paper presentation ever on “Jain Voluntary […]

  • Stephen Scharper

    Media, Communication & Engagement

    Stephen Scharper: professor, and journalist and columnist

  • The 32 Signs of the Buddha: Medical Considerations

    By Stella Sandahl I had the pleasure of supervising Dr. Oleg Bendz’s MA thesis, which was completed last year in the Dept. of East Asian Studies, on the 32 signs […]

  • Democracy’s Gift: Politics, anxiety, and hope in the 21st century

    Professor Mark Kingwell in a critical discussion about the future of democracy

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    Professor Enrico G. Raffaelli on the ancient Iranian religion and religious philosophy

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    Troubled Times for the Catholic Church

    Stephen Scharper joins a discussion considering whether the Catholic Church has a credibility crisis

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    Islamic Law and Development

    Professor Mohammed Fadel lectures on Islamic law and development in the Gulf states

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    In Defense of Religious Liberty

    Professor David Novak discusses his new book on religious liberty

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    About the Study of Religion

    Professor Shafique Virani on the topics, people and places that make up the academic stufy of religion.

  • Visiting the Dead Sea Scrolls

    This Year at the Centre for Jewish Studies By Tim Langille The 2009-10 academic year has been an eventful one for the Centre for Jewish Studies. The first event of […]

  • Graduate student-faculty research partnerships in Religion

    On top of their regular coursework, many CSR students are conducting exciting and original research in collaboration with faculty. Doctoral candidate Sarah Rollens, for example, pictured,  is one of several […]

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    Concrete Reveries: Consciousness and The City

    Mark Kingwell presents the inaugural lecture of the Advanced Institute for Globalization and Culture