Professors Peter Ochs and Jerry White received funding for a Religion, Politics, and Conflict Lab (RPC) that aims to produce cutting-edge research into the nature, causes, and solutions to religion-related, violent conflicts anywhere in the world. Promoting unprecedented, collaborative research among scholars from a diverse range of sciences, from data science, systems engineering, quantum logic, to literature, history, and religion, it seeks to design a procedure and to prepare it for field-testing while at the same time training students in mixed quantitative-qualitative methods that can be directly applied to real-world problems.

The Board of Visitors recently awarded funds from UVA’s Strategic Investment Fund to the Department of Religious Studies for a Global Religion Lab (GRL), headed by Professors Martien Halvorson-Taylor and Kurtis Schaeffer.  Hosted by the Virginia Center for the Study of Religion, the GRL will focus on the place of religion in the formation of the person and the political on a global scale.

Professor Vanessa Ochs gave a lecture entitled "Curating Jewishhess in American Domestic Space: Recent Ethnographic Explorations" at Tel Aviv University on December 15, 2016.



This past summer Associate Professor of Religious Studies John Nemec was invited as a "Directeur d'études invité" to deliver a series of lectures at the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris. Professor Nemec, who works primarily on Indian intellectual and cultural history, lectured on the Kashmiri Pratyabhijñā School. Félicitations to Professor Nemec on this honor and achievement. 

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.