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See UVA Today's feature story on Charles Marsh and the Project on Lived Theology.

Four doctoral students in Religious Studies presented papers this September at the 18th Biennial Conference for the International Society for Religion, Literature, and Culture in Glasgow, Scotland. Click on the titles below to read more about their papers. 

Doctoral candidate Ashleigh Elser, who is currently writing her dissertation on literary and theological hermeneutics of the Bible, gave a paper entitled "Beyond the Breach: What Literary Readers of the Bible Might Learn from Higher Criticism."

Doctoral candidate Charles A. Gillespie, who will soon defend a dissertation prospectus on the topic of theatre and performance in 20th century Christian thought, gave a paper entitled “Confessing Rhetorical Lines: Augustine’s Positive Performance Theory."

Doctoral candidate Joseph Lenow, who is currently writing his dissertation on St. Augustine's christology, gave a paper entitled "Leaving Eden: Destructive Plasticity and Exceeding Gender in Hemingway's The Garden of Eden."

Doctoral student William P. Boyce, who is completing his competency examinations in Philosophical Theology, recently gave a paper at the biennial ISRLC Conference in Glasgow, entitled, “Transgressing the Boundaries of Faith in Luther’s Galatians: A Theological Realignment.”

Congratulations to Martien Halvorson-Taylor, associate professor of religious studies, who was recently honored with an All-University Teaching Award. Professor Halvorson-Taylor, who teaches Hebrew Bible and related topics, was among the nine faculty members from across the university recognized for teaching exellence. 

The Henry Luce Foundation has awarded a three-year, $1 million grant to the Virginia Center for the Study of Religion (VCSR) to advance its efforts to connect the academic study of religion, theological inquiry and public discourse.

The “Religion and its Publics” proposal, submitted by Prof. Charles Mathewes and Associate Prof. Paul Dafydd Jones of the Department of Religious Studies, aims to bring together scholars from multiple disciplines to develop a groundbreaking approach to understanding religion’s role in the contemporary world, while working to connect groundbreaking research with matters of public concern.

Mathewes and Jones will serve as co-directors of the project, which will include a graduate-level seminar, a series of public lectures, and a series of annual conferences that draw on a diversity of scholars from around the world. The deeply collaborative project will involve at least 80 participants from across the United States, including tenure-track or tenured faculty, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and figures from the media and public life.

Listen to a recent interview with Professor Matt Hedstrom about the spirituality of millenials on With Good Reason, a program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

Read about Professor Nichole Flores's College Advising Seminar, which was featured in UVA Today's "First-Class Access" article.

Read the College of Arts & Sciences' introduction of Professors Jessica Andruss, Michael Allen, and Natasha Heller, the three new faculty members in Religious Studies, along with other new Arts & Sciences faculty members.

The Department of Religious Studies is pleased to welcome Professor Michael Allen to the faculty. He works on the intersections of philosophy and religious practice in South Asia, drawing on both Sanskrit and vernacular sources, with wider interests in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain traditions. He explores ways in which South Asian perspectives, taken seriously on their own terms, can inform contemporary understandings of human beings and their place in the world.

Professor Sonam Kachru, who began teaching in the Department last fall, works in the history of philosophy, with special attention to the history of Buddhist philosophy in South Asia. He is currently working on two book length monographs: one on the philosopher Vasubandhu, and his monograph in Twenty Verses; and another on the Buddhist poet Asvaghosa, and his narrative lyric, Beautiful Nanda.

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