The Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University is a premier venue for re-imagining the academic study of religion.
We produce innovative, interdisciplinary research that pushes the boundaries of the field. Our faculty study error and love and book cultures, healing, wonder, and failure, empires, tourists and trees, mountains, magic, and protest—studying religion as a global phenomenon from antiquity through the contemporary world.
Internationally recognized faculty strengths include religions of Asia, religion in the Americas, the history of Christianity, Islamic studies, religions of the Ancient Mediterranean, modern Judaism, and ethics, law, and the environment.
Graduate students become original researchers poised to contribute to their own fields and confident teachers and colleagues prepared to cross disciplinary boundaries. They join a vibrant community of intellectual exchange, benefitting from the individualized curriculum and personal attention of a small program combined with the resources and interdisciplinary possibilities of a large university.
Undergraduate majors and minors become informed, thoughtful citizens of a pluralistic society. They are prepared to understand religion as a key player in culture and politics and to engage more critically and generously with the world around them. In our undergraduate courses, students think about religion and its connections with popular culture, global affairs, social issues, ethics, and philosophical questions. Religious Studies majors have found the critical thinking skills and global awareness they learned to be useful in careers and post-graduate programs in law, medicine, education, business, and non-profit organizations. <<- hide
- January 19, 12:30-1:30
“Medieval Translation: Then and Now”
A roundtable discussion including Jeremy Schott
Distinguished Alumni Room, IMU
January 23, 5:30pm
“Hearing and Feeling the Recited Qur'an”
Hoagy Carmichael Room, Morrison Hall
- February 9, 5:30pm
"Hydrocarbon Spiritualities: Religion, Climate Change, and Fossil Fuels"
Hoagy Carmichael Room, Morrison Hall
- February 15, 5:30m
"Black Malpractice (A Poetics of the Sacred)"
J Kameron Carter
- Read Cooper Harriss' contribution to "Is This All There" Is on The Immanent Frame "The shapeless things to come"
- CFP Granfalloon: A Kurt Vonnegut Gathering, celebrating the life and work of Kurt Vonnegut
- Winnifred Sullivan is awarded the 2017 Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion.
- Constance Furey has two new pieces in the The Immanent Frame Where I’m going, and Devout death
- Constance Furey participated in IU's
"The Reformation at 500: Luther, His Precursors, and Us" celebrating the anniversary of Martin Luther's circulation of his 95 Theses
The Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society(CSRES)
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- Help support continued excellence in our department
- Congratulations to graduate student and IU employee Matthew Graham for winning the 2016 Bloomington Academic Advising Council’s Outstanding New Advisor Award
- 2018 Graduate Student Conference
Irony & The Study of Religion
Call for Papers
Deadline November 27, 2017
- Check out the first post on our new Religious Studies blog featuring undergrad Kiersten Mann in Canterbury
- Grad Student Maggie Slaughter's exhibit A Different Look at Syria is open now at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures until January 21, 2018
- Grad students Jacob Boss and Andrew Monteith are featured for their summer research fellowships with Politics of Religion at Home and Abroad
Submissions being accepted for the new Undergraduate journal Invocations
All are welcome
Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Theology
Cooper Harriss, NYU Press, 2017
Lisa Sideris, University of California Press, 2017
Ekklesia: Three Inquiries in Church and State
Winnifred Sullivan, University of Chicago Press, 2018
Masculinity and the Making of American Judaism
Sarah Imhoff, Indiana University Press, 2017