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“Ain’t I a Womanist? Black Women and Biblical Interpretation”

with Nyasha Junior


February 23, 4:30PM  Wilson 402

Professor Nyasha Junior, Temple University, Department of Religion

Professor Junior’s book, An Introduction to Womanist Biblical Interpretation, will be available for purchase both before and after the lecture.

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February 1, 2017

Professor Charles Mathewes was selected to be a College Fellow in UVA's College of Arts and Sciences College Fellows Program. He joins Religious Studies Professors Janet Spittler and Ahmed al-Rahim, who were selected for last year's inaugural class of fellows. See this announcement for more information.

January 31, 2017

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.

January 31, 2017

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.

“Other People's Philology:

Uses of Sanskrit in Tibet and China, 15th–18th centuries.”

Professor Matthew Kapstein

(Directeur d'études, École Pratique des Hautes Études and Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies, University of Chicago)

Friday, February 17th


Monroe Hall 124

(ORGANIZED WITH THE TIBET CENTER AND THE EAST ASIAN STUDIES CENTER; sponsored by these institutions, along with the Virginia Center for the Study of Religion (VCSR) and the Department of Religious Studies)


Dan Hirshberg will speak on “Himalayan Syncretism and the Emergence of Padmasambhava as Rdo rje gro lod” on March 15th at 4pm in NAU 211. He is Assistant Professor of Religion and Director of the Contemplative Studies Program at the University of Mary Washington. This event is co-sponsored by the East Asia Center and the Tibet Center.

December 15, 2016

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



December 6, 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. 

December 6, 2016

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

November 21, 2016

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.”