School of Divinity

Religious Studies

Wednesdays, 4.10-5.30pm, in the Elizabeth Templeton Lecture Theatre (*unless otherwise stated)

Please direct any queries to the convenor, Alysa Ghose:

Semester 2: Spring 2023

Date Speaker Topic

18 January


Jin Rusha (PhD Candidate, Religious Studies, University of Edinburgh)

Department Social

'The Citations in Zhanran’s Commentary Zhiguan Fuxing Chuanhongjue'


Dr Theo Wildcroft (Open University and Centre for Yoga Studies, SOAS)

with Marissa Clarke as discussant, chaired by Samuel Horsley

'“The yoga police are real”: recent reforms in the institutionalisation of yoga teaching


Mary Briggs, (PhD Candidate, Religious Studies, University of Edinburgh)


Ishita Mahajan (PhD Candidate, Religious Studies, University of Edinburgh)

'Politics, Protestantism, and “Pseudoreligion”: How the Shincheonji Church of Jesus Unsettles Mainstream Protestantism in South Korea'


Title TBC


Dr Sneha Roy (Religious Studies, University of Edinburgh)

‘Rewriting agency using representations of Buddhist nuns in contemporary Myanmar’
Tuesday 14 March Professor Joanildo Albuquerque Burity (Joaquim Nabuco Foundation)

‘Populism, the conservative wave and religion in Brazil: the last ten years’

Joint seminar with World Christianity, Theology and Ethics, and Religious Studies

Postponed   Professor Rachel Muers' Inaugural
29 March Dr Rita Langer (Senior Lecturer in Buddhist Studies, University of Bristol) The Khyentse Lecture in Buddhist Studies 2023: ‘Managing demons: The Bahirava puja in Sri Lanka’ (talk and film screening)

5 April

Althaus -Reid Room

Mary Briggs (PhD Candidate, Religious Studies, University of Edinburgh) 'Protestantism, Political Power, and the threat of “Pseudo-Religion”: A Brief Exploration of the Narrative that The Shincheonji Church of Jesus Harms South Korean Protestantism.'

Semester 1: Autumn 2022

Date Speaker Topic

21 September


Dr. Arkotong Longkumer (University of Edinburgh)

Department Social

The Sonic Guru: Rewben Mashangva sings the Blues

12 October



Book Launch

'A Phenomenology of Indigenous Religions: Theory and Practice' by Professor James Cox, discussants Dr. Suzanne Owen (Leeds Trinity University), Professor Bettina Schmidt (Wales Trinity St David) and Professor Bjørn Ola Tafjord (Professor in the Study of Religion, University of Bergen)

Chaired by Dr Steven Sutcliffe

14 October

Dr. Ankur Barua (University of Cambridge)

The Muslim Self and its Hindu Neighbours: Bengali Borderlines of Belonging

Join seminar with Islam and Christian Muslim-Relations

26 October

Drs Paul Fuller, Bethany Sollereder, and Claire Wanless

Chair: Dr Suzanna Millar

Panel discussion on environment, religion and eco religiosity; participants
2 November   No Seminar; School Forum
16 November Dayal Paleri From social reformism to communal harmony: Shifting articulations of interreligious coexistence among Muslims in Kerala, South India
30 November Professor Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad, Lancaster University Gunning Lecture