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Religious Studies is Turning 50!

In 1965, after more than 13 years of meetings and negotiations, the Department of Religious Studies as we know it was started at Indiana University Bloomington (You can read about the formation of our department in a insightful history by faculty member Sarah Imhoff). To celebrate we are hosting our first Alumni Reunion Weekend, October 16-17, 2015

Professor Lisa Sideris featured in special issue of The Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture

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Professor Winnifred Sullivan wins AAR Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion: Analytical-Descriptive Studies

Professor Winnifred Sullivan wins the AAR Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion: Analytical-Descriptive Studies

Professor Aaron Stalnaker awarded Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Scholar Grant

Professor Michael Ing Named Scholar with "Enhancing Life" Project

Religous Studies adjunct Jamsheed Choksy honored as a “distinguished professor” by IU

Eva Mroczek was awarded two fellowship for work on her second book The Other David; Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at University of Pennsylvania in fall 2015 and the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan in Spring 2016

Winnifred Sullivan keynote speaker at "Siting Pluralism: Practices Of Religious Difference"
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Student News

Graduate Student Hanna Garvey nabs 1st place in the Theta Alpha Kappa Graduate Fellowship Awards

PhD candidate Dana Logan awarded Srping 2015 Devonia and Steve Stein Fund for the Study of American Religions fellowship

PhD Candidate Christine Libby was awarded a College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Completion Fellowship for 2105-16.

Hannah Murray awarded a $500 Mary Jo Weaver Undergraduate Scholarship

Indiana university team semifinalists in national ethics bowl competition

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Religious Studies Department kicks off its Fall Lecture Series

Click on the links below for a abstract of the lecture and full video.

Yvonne Sherwood, "The Hagaramic and the Abrahamic, or Abraham the non-European"

Courtney Bender, "The Work of Art in the Age of Inarticulate Religion"

Kay Read, "Cooking the Cosmos: Ecologically Understanding both the Aztecs and Ourselves"

Alessandro Ferrari, “Europe and Islam: the Challenge of Diversity”


IU Department of Religious Studies hosts Schempp Conference

Schempp conference

September 27-29, 2013

Fifty years ago the Supreme Court of the United States announced its decision in Abington v Schempp changing the way we view the academic study of religion in public colleges and universities across the U.S. and beyond.

This conference explored the impact that Schempp may have had on the comparative and multi-disciplinary nature of the study of religion as well as other significant influences on shifts in the study of religion over that time.

Details here >

The Devonia and Steve Stein Fund for the study of American Religion

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Steve and Devonia Stein

The Devonia and Steve Stein Fund for the study of American Religions was launched in September 2013. Named after one of the Department's most well respected emeritus professors this fund will go towards a named fellowship for graduate students working in the field of American religions. Click here for more details about the fund, the kick-off event, and how you can get involved.