"To practice the history of religions... is to insist on discussing the temporal, contextual, situated, interested, human, and material dimensions of those discourses, practices, and institutions that characteristically represent themselves as eternal, transcendent, spiritual, and divine."

- Bruce Lincoln, "Theses on Method" (1996)

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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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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!

 

 

Digital Humanities from an Indigenous Perspective

This week the department of Religious Studies congratulates Dr. Timothy Powell, director of EPIC (Educational Partnerships with Indigenous Communities).  Dr. Powell has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Level II Digital Humanities Advancement grant entitled “Digital Humanities from an Indigenous Perspective: Strengthening Partnerships between Indigenous Communities, Humanities Scholars, Museums, and Archives.”