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With particular strengths in the study of Christianity, Judaism, American religions, Islam, secularism, Buddhism, and other Asian religions, the Department of Religious Studies emphasizes descriptive, historical, and theoretical approaches to the study of religion.

Upcoming Events



Information Session for PhD Program Applicants

Anthea Butler (Chair) and Jolyon Thomas (Graduate Chair)
Oct 10, 2022 at - | Zoom Webinar

The Graduate Group in Religious Studies will hold a Zoom webinar for students who are interested in applying to the PhD program. Topics to be covered include basic eligibility requirements, English language…



Religious Studies Colloquium: "Enchanted Geography: India in the West African Popular Imagination"

David Amponsah (Africana Studies, Penn)
Oct 13, 2022 at - | 204 Cohen Hall

From Indian-owned homes and marketplaces in West Africa to temples and World War II military camps in India, the West African engagement with Hindus and their religious objects, images, and magical texts, combined to…



Dissertation-to-Book Workshop: "Anointed Citizenship: The Politics of Christian Border Crossing in the Korean War"

Sandra Park
Oct 20, 2022 at - | Cohen 204

This talk explores the wartime migration of North Koreans and their narrative and performative techniques in creating a distinctly Christian pledge of allegiance to the South Korean state and the US Cold War empire.…