Roundtable Discussion: What can the study of religion offer at this current moment?

When and Where

Thursday, March 28, 2024 3:15 pm to 5:00 pm
JHB 318
Jackman Humanities Building
170 St George Street, Toronto ON M5R 2M8


Shari Golberg (Assistant Director, Faith & Anti-Racism Institutional Equity Office)
Amira Mittermaier (Department for the Study of Religion)
Yigal Nizri (Department for the Study of Religion)


Since October 2023, with global attention focused on Palestine/Israel, reports of antisemitism, Islamophobia, and anti-Palestinianism have skyrocketed. What can the study of religion contribute to our understanding of this “moment of danger”? How can scholars of religion critically engage with public and media discourses? What is the line between academic and activist work? Thinking across different locations, histories, and languages and drawing on their background as scholars and teachers, the roundtable participants will reflect on ongoing debates around defining antisemitism, longer histories of Muslim-Jewish dialogue and solidarity, and the challenges involved in teaching religion amidst contested political landscapes.


Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies, Department for the Study of Religion, Institute of Islamic Studies


170 St George Street, Toronto ON M5R 2M8