"...if I went back to college today, I think I would probably major in comparative religion, because that’s how integrated it is in everything that we are working on and deciding and thinking about in life today"

- John Kerry, Secretary of State, U.S.A.

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The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania offers a wide range of courses, undergraduate Majors and Minors, and a renowned PhD program. With particular strengths in the study of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, the African-American religious experience, and material and visual culture, it emphasizes historical and critical approaches, as well as interdisciplinary exploration within and beyond Religious Studies.

Chair of the Department: Jamal J. Elias
Graduate Chair: Anthea Butler
Undergraduate Chair: Justin McDaniel

 

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Unstable Archives: A Workshop on Gender and Digital Humanities in South Asia


Speakers:
- Jamal Elias, Walter H. Annenberg Professor in the Humanities
  University of Pennsylvania
- Sneha Krishnan, Associate Professor of Geography
  University of Oxford
- Durba Mitra, Assistant Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality
  Harvard University
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Megan Robb, Julie and Martin Franklin Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
  University of Pennsylvania
- Anna Lise Seastrand, Assistant Professor of Art History
  University of Minnesota- Twin Cities
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Layli Uddin, Project Curator Tow Centuries of Indian Print
  British Library

Please join us for a day of discussion on how digital humanities and feminist approaches both destabilize the archive and offer new opportunities to reshape the archive as a mode of translation and mediation.

Event Date: 
09/08/2018 - 9:30am - 5:00pm
Event Location: 

Class of 1978 Pavillion
Kislak Center
Van Pelt Library, 6th Floor

MAKE YOUR COURSES COUNT!

FALL 2018 RELIGIOUS STUDIES SECTORED COURSES
(& THEIR CROSSLIST PARTNERS)

 

Race, Rights, Religion Conference

Event Date: 
04/20/2018 - 9:00am - 04/21/2018 - 1:00pm
Event Location: 

Perry World House - Global Policy Lab

3803 Locust Walk

SACRED STUFF: Religious Bodies, Places, and Things

New Course with Donovan Schaefer this fall!