All of our graduate students are members of the Graduate Religious Studies Association (GRSA). This group provides information and advice to the faculty regarding graduate student issues. GRSA sponsors department activities and extracurricular activities that may be especially helpful to students new to the department. It also designs and executes the department’s annual graduate student conference, hosts social and pre-professional events, and partners with the Undergraduate Religious Studies Association (URSA) to foster connections among all students.
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GRSA has just announced this year’s theme for their annual conference, “The Fetish, and Other Ghosts.” Religious Studies is a field haunted — haunted by whiteness and its vicissitudes, ghosts and bedfellows we imagined dead. But such ghosts do not so easily die: they haunt, they linger, and they inflect the study of religion in their yet-aliveness. This conference aims to consider more deeply the study of religion and its historical intimacy with and dependence on whiteness and its global-colonial epistemologies.
GRSA invites graduate students to participate in their annual spring conference. This year’s conference will be held in a hybrid format (in-person and online) on April 8-9th, 2022. The conference schedule is as follows: