2022 Fall DSR Newsletter

Message from the Acting Chair


Professor Robert Gibbs
Professor Robert Gibbs

Welcome to our Fall 2022 Department for the Study of Religion Newsletter. As Acting Chair, I’d like to take this opportunity to applaud students, staff and faculty for their ongoing accomplishments. 

I continue to act for Professor Pamela Klassen, whose leadership of our department has overseen major changes in the undergraduate program, with increased enrolments and diversification of our faculty. Our graduate students are also flourishing, publishing papers and lending their voices to various media channels, including podcasts. You will see several new books authored by our distinguished department members, as well as other research that addresses vital questions for religion in our time.

The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t over yet but the department is experiencing a sense of renewal with the return of in-person activities, including our fall convocation reception where we celebrated student achievements after they crossed the stage at Convocation Hall. We’re also excited to resume the in-person version of our popular Colloquia Series and kick off “Fab Fridays” — a drop-in social with treats and conversation. 

The last few years have shown us all the importance of engaging with our community — past, present and future. As research and teaching continue to thrive in our department, we would also like to include alumni news in our next issue, so please reach out — we’d love to hear from you!

Robert Gibbs
Professor & Acting Chair, Department for the Study of Religion


Srilata Raman

The Write Stuff: Books and articles from our faculty, postdocs and students. → Read more

Professors Suleyman Dost, Karen Ruffle & Walid Saleh, with Postdoctoral Fellow Seyfeddin Kara

Honours & Awards: Grants and appointments that recognize the DSR’s contribution to the academy. → Read more

Cult of the Dead book cover, author Professor Kyle Smith

A Q&A with Kyle Smith: His latest book tracks the twists and turns of the world’s most widespread religion. → Read more

Alexander Hampton, and book cover of Christianity and the Environment

Religion and the Climate Crisis: Alexander Hampton on the relationship between Christianity and the environment. → Read more

Professor Ken Derry

President's Teaching Award: The University’s highest teaching honour goes to Ken Derry, who’s been teaching the history of religions here for some 25 years. → Read more

Treaty Conversations illustration, by KC Oster

DSR Research Websites: Browse around insights from a host of faculty projects. The latest, “Treaty Conversations,” is a collaborative endeavour co-led by Pamela Klassen and Krista Barclay→ Read more

Graduate celebration image

Congratulations to the Class of 2022: We’re proud to present our fabulous fall graduates. → Read more

Martin Arno

Our Community: The DSR mourns the sudden passing of PhD candidate Martin Arno→ Read more