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Harry Lyman Hooker Lecture on October 22

Professor Amy-Jill Levine (Vanderbilt University) will deliver the 2018 Harry Lyman Hooker Lecture. Her topic: “Of Pearls and Prodigals: Hearing Jesus’s Parables as Jewish Stories.”
Oct 16, 2018

Faculty Publication

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Machiela on the publication of his co-edited book (together with Jan Joosten of Oxford University and Jean-Sébastien Rey of the University of Lorraine)
Oct 12, 2018

McMaster's Faculty of Social Sciences is turning 50

Join us for a day of discovery as we celebrate 50 years of Social Sciences at McMaster! Saturday, October 20, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Oct 09, 2018

Fall Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) information sessions

Come out to learn more about the Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA). The USRA provides you with an opportunity to receive funds of $3,500 to cover part-time, research-based activity over the Fall/Winter Terms.
Sep 24, 2018

Helping to change human habits

Alicia Giannetti, a recent grad with a double honours degree in sociology and religious studies and a minor in sustainability, has been awarded a Climate Change and Health – Innovation Award.
Sep 07, 2018

Great Fall Courses!

Looking for some course ideas for the Fall? We have a some great options in our department and the rest of the Social Sciences.
Aug 15, 2018

2018 Early Career Researcher Award

Congratulations to Dr. Matthew Thiessen winner of the 2018 McMaster Faculty of Social Sciences Early Career Researcher Award.
Jun 01, 2018

MA Student wins Bombardier doctoral scholarship

Congratulations to current MA student Robert Revington, who was recently admitted into PhD program at the Toronto School of Theology.
May 28, 2018

Religious Studies PhD to receive Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship

Congratulations to PhD student Jeremy Cohen on receiving a Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship worth $105,000 over 36 months.
May 21, 2018

Professor Louis Greenspan passes away

It is with great sadness that the Department of Religious Studies announces the recent passing of Professor Louis Greenspan. He died at his home with his family by his side on the afternoon of Thursday, May 10, 2018. He was 83 years old.
May 15, 2018

Workshop on Digital Humanities for the Study of East Asian Religions

Two-day hands-on workshop on Digital Humanities tools for graduate students in East Asian religions
May 10, 2018

New Directions in the Study of Chan Buddhism

Friday, May 11, 2:30 p.m. in the Great Hall at McMaster University.
May 10, 2018

Get your hands dirty this Fall in a "Scribal School Workshop"

Dr. Hanna Tervanotko of the Department of Religious Studies recently received an Experiential Learning in Academic Programming (ELAP) Grant that will allow students to write cuneiform on clay tablets.
May 10, 2018

Congratulations to Max Kennel

Ph.D. student wins Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship
May 02, 2018

2018 McMaster-Toronto Scrollery

Recently, McMaster hosted the 9th annual Scrollery.
Apr 12, 2018

University Scholar Prize awarded to McMaster researchers

Four members of the McMaster community have been named University Scholars including Daniel Machiela, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies.
Apr 06, 2018

The haggadah is for skimming

The Canadian Jewish News recently published a piece by McMaster PhD Jonathan Milevsky (Religious Studies) about the haggadah, the document that guides Passover Seders.
Apr 04, 2018

Former MA student named assistant professor at Michigan State University

Congratulations to former MA student (2008), Laura Yares (Tomes), who was recently appointed an assistant professor of Religious Studies at Michigan State University!
Apr 02, 2018

Departmental Colloquium

Dr. Gerald McKenny, University of Notre Dame “Can Appeals to Human Nature Constrain Biotechnology?”
Apr 02, 2018

PhD student receives Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowship

Religious Studies PhD Student, Miriam DeCock, was recently awarded a highly competitive and two-year Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowship at Aarhus University in Denmark.
Mar 26, 2018

Introducing CRESS Fellow - Gerjan Altenburg

A PhD candidate in the Department of Religious Studies, Gerjan is especially interested in Buddhism and East Asian Religions. He is creating a series of infographics presenting a map of the intertexuality of some Buddhist monastic commentaries found within the Tibetan Buddhist Canon. Gerjan says that “this project will be helpful to scholars and translators working on Buddhist monastic literature in the Canon.” Gerjan is sponsored by Dr. Shayne Clarke.
Mar 21, 2018