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The Department of Religious Studies appoints Celia Rothenberg as Department Chair

Professor Celia Rothenberg's appointment will begin on July 1, 2021. As department chair, Rothenberg will oversee the graduate and undergraduate programs in Religious Studies and represent the department in the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Mar 30, 2021

Magic, Healing, and Religion Workshop - May 26, 2021

The Department of Religious Studies is pleased to announce details of the following event: Magic, Healing, and Religion Workshop on May 26, 2021.
Mar 26, 2021

George Floyd and the “American Spring" - Secular Martyrs, Democratic Uprisings, and the Radical Religion of Trumpist Fascism by Ellen Amster

A new paper by Ellen Amster, Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies and Department of Family Medicine has been published in The Journal of Interreligious Studies.
Mar 24, 2021

Job Advertisement: Tenure-Track/Tenured, Assistant/Associate Professors

McMaster University is pleased to announce a cohort hiring initiative of up to twelve appointments of emerging and established academics and scholars who will contribute to the advancement of Black academic excellence across all six McMaster Faculties. McMaster seeks candidates whose scholarship and scholarly work forefronts or contributes to any of the following disciplinary or interdisciplinary areas of teaching and research.
Dec 04, 2020

Graduate Admissions Information Session

Join the Department of Religious Studies as we go over what to expect in graduate school, and answer questions.
Nov 05, 2020

New CLA Faculty Member

Welcome our new CLA faculty member, Dr. Meirav Jones
Sep 04, 2020

Non-Guaranteed Teaching Assistant - Job Posting

The Department of Religious Studies is hiring TA's for Arabic.
Aug 18, 2020

A message from Dean Hurley to the Faculty of Social Sciences

"You have shown immense diligence in your response to COVID-19 thus far. Thank you for working hard to create the supports needed for the next few weeks. I ask for your continued patience as we strive to adapt to this continuously evolving situation."
Mar 15, 2020

The Lives of Objects

Author talk by Dr. Maia Kotrosits will discuss The Lives of Objects: Material Culture, Experience, and the Real in the History of Early Christianity
Feb 26, 2020

Talking with Miriam Toews about her novel, Women Talking

Miriam Toews is a winner of the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the Libris Award for Fiction Book of the Year, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Writers Trust Marian Engel/ Timothy Findley Award. Her most recent novel, Women Talking, has been released to wide acclaim.
Jan 29, 2020

Freeman Family Bursary for Study at Hebrew University

Graduate and undergraduate students from any program at McMaster can apply for the Freeman Family Bursary for Study at Hebrew University for a summer, semester, or academic year. Awards up to $12,000.
Dec 16, 2019

2019 Goldblatt Lecture in Jewish Studies

The Department of Religious Studies and the Socrates Project recently hosted a remarkable 2019 Goldblatt Lecture with Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Psoy Korolenko (New Jersey-Moscow) and historian Anna Shternshis (University of Toronto).
Dec 13, 2019

Globe and Mail publishes Dr Badone’s letter on mental health

Globe and Mail letter from Ellen Badone argues for respectful language around mental illness.
Dec 13, 2019

Congratulations to John VanMaaren (PhD 2019)

Congratulations to John VanMaaren (PhD 2019) on beginning his new position as the Assistant Director of Academic Support, Grants, and Fellowships at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Nov 29, 2019

Graduate Opportunities in Jewish Studies

Looking to continue your studies with a focus on Jews and Judaism in antiquity, modernity or in contemporary cultures? Here is a new overview of our Department’s offerings in these areas at the MA or PhD level.
Nov 29, 2019

The University of Toronto/McMaster University Yehan Numata Buddhist Studies Program

Friday, December 6, 2019, 4-6pm, University Hall 122 Lecture by Prof. Sasaki Shizuka (Hanazono University): "An Outline of the Analytical Study of Adhikaraṇa in the Vinaya Texts"
Nov 26, 2019

New Position for Dr. Jeremy Penner

Dr. Jeremy Penner (PhD 2010) begins a new position on December 1 as Senior Library Assistant for the Near and Middle Eastern Department at Cambridge University Library, England.
Nov 22, 2019

Postdoctoral Fellowship for Michael Johnson

Congratulations to Michael Johnson on his reception of an Azrieli Foundation International Postdoctoral Fellowship.
Sep 23, 2019

Hooker Distinguished Visiting Professor October 29-30, 2019

Professor Anita Hannig (Brandeis University) will deliver the 2019 Harry Lyman Hooker Lectures and the Hannah History of Medicine Unit and Medical Humanities Speaker Series and Grand Rounds.
Sep 23, 2019

Singing and Laughing Against Fascism: Lost and Found Soviet Yiddish Songs of World War II

2019 Lillian and Marvin Goldblatt Lecture in Jewish Studies: The Department of Religious Studies in conjunction with the Socrates Project presents Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Psoy Korolenko (Moscow-New York) and historian Anna Shternshis (University of Toronto). Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 7-9 p.m.
Aug 26, 2019

Ellen Amster joins the Religious Studies Department

The Department is pleased to announce that Dr. Ellen Amster, Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine, is joining the department. Welcome, Dr. Amster!
Aug 02, 2019