The 2024 DSR-RUSA Undergraduate Conference

When and Where

Saturday, April 06, 2024 9:45 am to 5:00 pm
Hart House Music Room
University College
University of Toronto


Join us to hear fellow students present on works related to the study of religion and for some free food! The event will be on Saturday, April 6, 2024, with the option to attend the morning session from 9:30am-12:30pm, the afternoon session from 1:45pm-5:00pm, or the full day! The schedule of presentations is further below.

In-person registration is limited to 55 people per session, and will close on Sunday, March 24, 2024. Any in-person registrations beyond the limit will be moved online. The first 20 in-person student registrants will receive a free conference t-shirt when you sign in on the day of the conference! There will also be a raffle for additional t-shirts at the end of each session.

Please note that lunch will not be provided, but there will be light refreshments available during both the morning and afternoon sessions.

Registration is now closed. If you wish to attend either in-person or online, please contact Phoebe at the e-mail address below.

If you have any questions/concerns, please e-mail Phoebe To, the Undergraduate Assistant, at

Looking forward to seeing you at the conference, either online or in-person!

Time   Program
MORNING SESSION 9:45am - 10:00am Welcoming Remarks
10:00am - 11:00am

Digital Religion

  • Arist Bravo, Double Major in Religion and Computer Science: Meritorious Conservation? The Diamond Sūtra as a Nexus of Environment and Culture

  • Whitney Mambou, Specialist in Psychology: Screening Santería: Moving Beyond the Authority of the Physical Site in the Study of Black Diaspora Religions

  • Annie Metzger-Oke, Double Major in Religion and Art History: #howthegrinchstolechristmas: Tradition, Authenticity, and Claims of Holiday Appropriation on "WitchTok"

11:00am - 11:10am Break
11:10am - 12:30pm

Texts and Contexts

  • Kenneth Wong, Triple Major in Philosophy and Religion, History, and Classical Civilization, Minor in Global Medieval Studies (Boston University): Philosophy of Late Medieval Mysticism

  • Bianca Quilliam, Specialist in Religion: Observing Kenosis in the Poetry of Hadewijch and John Donne

  • Eli Sol, Double Major in Religion and History: Homesick and Seasick: the Depths of Longing in Halevi's "Anxious or secure my heart is Yours"

  • Shamayla Durrin Islam, Double Major in Economics and Statistics, Minor in Mathematics: Ring Compositions in Quran: A Literary Structural Coherence

  12:30pm - 1:45pm Lunch Break
AFTERNOON SESSION 1:45pm - 2:00pm Welcome Back
2:00pm - 3:20pm

Questions of Authenticity, Revival, and Change

  • Jonathan Chin, Specialist in Economics (Focus in Data Analytics): A Question of Authenticity: Luke 22:43-44

  • Tristan Gosselin, Specialist in Religion: Contextualizing The Raven and the First Men within Haida Cultural Religious Revitalization

  • Kaína Mendoza-Price, Double Major in Religion and Latin American Studies: Ontologies of Transness in Afro-Diasporic Spiritual Traditions

  • Aneri Patel, Double Major in Religion and Philosophy: Intersections of Faith and Climate: Pilgrimage Adaptations amidst Sacred Waters' Changing Dynamics

3:20pm - 3:30pm Break
3:30pm - 4:50pm

Mind, Body, and Performance

  • Alex Lee, Specialist in Psychology: The Force Majeure Conception of 'Madness' in Medieval Islam

  • Trent Atkinson, Double Major in Religion and Transnational & Diaspora Studies: When Two Become One: On the Problem of Cleavage of Self, Dementia, and The Taking of Deborah Logan

  • Parsa Babaei Zadeh, Major in Biology, Double Minor in Immunology and Religion: Exploring Gender anad Religion: A Comparative Analysis of Two Don Giovanni Adaptations through the Lens of Performance Studies

  • Annabel Audrey Abbey, Double Major in Religion and Art History: Fat Embodiment and the 'Curse' of Impossibility

4:50pm - 5:00pm Closing Remarks


Department for the Study of Religion, Religion Undergraduate Student Association


University of Toronto