DSR/RUSA Undergraduate Student Conference on the Study of Religion

When and Where

Saturday, April 02, 2022 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm


The Undergraduate Student Conference is hosted jointly by the Department for the Study of Religion (DSR) and Religion Undergraduate Students' Association (RUSA).

Join us online to hear students present on works related to the study of religion from all different topics and disciplines. The schedule is shown below.  

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Please note that the event will be Zoom recorded - feel free to turn off your camera if you would prefer not to have your attendance recorded.



12:00-12:15 PM

Welcoming Remarks

12:15-1:00 PM

Psychological and Social Considerations

  • Katie Jones: Religion, God, and a pandemic? Religion’s impact on society during the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Kayla Klanreungsang: The Abusive Hand of God
  • Mahima Tirunelveli Santhakumar: The Promotion of Prosocial Behaviour within the Mahabharata

1:00-2:00 PM

Disciplinary Perspectives

  • Kendall Sneyd: Resignifying the Mounds: The Christian Cosmology behind George Bryce’s Archaeology
  • Michael Berg: Purification of Cursed Land: The Breaking of the Heifer’s Neck
  • Noah Brook: Waco: David Koresh could have been Saved
  • Owen Huisman: Locating and Losing Lamanites: Epistemology, Genetics, and Digital Latter-day Saint Apologetics

2:00-2:30 PM


2:30-3:00 PM

Reflections and Reforms within Islam

  • Sarmad Zubair Khokhar: Historicizing the Rise of the Ahl al-Hadith movement in South Asia
  • Aqil Visram: Perfection of Dispositions: Virtue, Pleasure and the Levels of the Self in Miskawayh, Ṭūsī and the Brethren of Purity (Ikhwān Al-Ṣafāʾ)

3:00-3:50 PM

Religion, Nature and Re-Enchantment Panel

  • Fatima Zahra Mohammed: ‘Honest Painting’: A Framework for Overcoming Anthropocentrism
  • Audrey Miatello: Recovering from Anthropocentrism: Some Recommendations
  • Zenon MacKinnon: The Farmer or the Hiker: Anthropocentrism and Ecocentrism in Anglophone Nature Poetry from the 19th Century to Today
  • Swamini Sagar: The Triumph of Rationality Over Religion: The Decline of a Participatory View of Reality in the Present Disenchanted World

3:50-4:00 PM



Religion Undergraduate Student Association, Department for the Study of Religion