October 19, 2016

Trick-or-Tweet 2016

Religious Studies Boo16!

Calling all Trick or Tweeters! Swing by the Religious Studies office (Busch Hall, room 111) on October 27-28 and snap a selfie with our ghoul. Tag @WUSTLArtSci and #WUBoo16 on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook for chances to win prizes


This year’s theme is "Día de Muertos" or, better known as, the Day of the Dead.


Like our theme? Then stop by the Día de los Muertos celebration on November 5 & 6 at the Missouri History Museum (presented by the Hispanic Festival, Inc.).


Busch Hall has 4 ghouls! Get 4 chances to win prizes when you post selfies from Religious Studies, History, East Asian Languages and Cultures, and Jewish, Islamic, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures.

Click here for more information.


October 5, 2016

Faculty Spotlight: Cassie Adcock

Cassie Adcock in the archives at Lucknow with archivist Miradevi

Cassie Adcock (Associate Professor of History, South Asian Studies, and Religious Studies) was on research leave for the Fall and Spring semesters of 2015-2016 thanks to two fellowship awards: a Senior Research Fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies that was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a Kluge Fellowship from the Library of Congress. Read about how she spent her research leave here.

About Religious Studies

…if I headed back to college today, I would major in comparative religions rather than political science." - John Kerry, “Religion and Diplomacy


Religion is a major source of inspiration, meaning, and controversy in human societies. Fast-moving forces of globalization, migration, and technology continue to bring diverse communities into closer proximity, often creating new religious communities in the process. The Religious Studies Program at Washington University gives students the opportunity to learn about diverse religions as well as to study past and current events with a critical but open mind. ...Click here to read more

Upcoming Events

October 27, 2016 - 10:00am

The Language Animal

A workshop with Visiting Hurst Professor Charles Taylor
Hurst Lounge, Duncker Hall 201

In seminal works ranging from Sources of the Self to A Secular Age, Charles Taylor has shown how we create possible ways of being, both as individuals and as a society. In his new book, The Language Animal, he demonstrates that language is at the center of this generative process.

Readings are available in the English Department office, Duncker 116, or can be accessed electronically by emailing Meredith Lane, mlane23@wustl.edu

October 28, 2016 - 12:00pm

Immigrant Identity and Political Radicalization among Young Muslim Women

Sunita Parikh, Political Science; Discussant- Shefali Chandra, History & Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Seigle Hall, room 248 - To receive notices of meetings and copies of the papers prior to each sessions, please send an email to wupoliticaltheory@gmail.com

Workshop on Politics, Economics, and Society (WPES)

November 2, 2016 - 5:00pm

Holocaust or Genocide: Uniqueness and Universality - Holocaust Memorial Lecture

Prof. Doris Bergen
Umrath Lounge

Doris Bergen, Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor of Holocaust Studies in the Department of History at the University of Toronto, is the author of War and Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust and Twisted Cross: The German Christian Movement in the Third Reich. Her research focuses on issues of religion, gender and ethnicity in the Holocaust and World War II and comparatively in other cases of extreme violence. Her current projects include a book on German military chaplains in the Nazi era and a study of the definitions of Germanness as revealed in the Volksdeutschen/ethnic Germans of Eastern Europe during World War II and the Holocaust.

The Holocaust Memorial Lecture is part of the Assembly Series.