Events

Rituals, Beliefs, and Religious Minds – May 9th-14th, 2018

Rituals, Beliefs, and Religious Minds – May 9th-14th, 2018

Future Directions on the Evolution of Rituals, Beliefs and Religious Minds workshop being held May 9th to 14th, in Erice, Sicily, Italy

How to Do Things With Millions of Words – November 2016

How to Do Things With Millions of Words – November 2016

TWO PUBLIC LECTURES ON DIGITAL HUMANITIES co-presented by Green College (UBC), The Early Modern Conversions Project (McGill University) and the Cultural Evolution of Religion Consortium (UBC) THE DIGITAL HUMANITIES: SOME CONTEXTS, CONCEPTS AND INITIATIVES Ray Siemens, Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Humanities, University of Victoria Coach House, Green College, 6201 Cecil Green Park Road […]

Religion in the Text and on the Ground: May 2015 CERC Plenary

Religion in the Text and on the Ground: May 2015 CERC Plenary

The 2015 CERC Plenary: Religion in the Text and on the Ground gathered together an international collection of historians, philosophers, literary scholars, anthropologists, archaeologists, ethnographers, cognitive scientists, and psychologists to engage in targeted and substantive discussions concerning the convergence of historiographic and ethnographic approaches to the study of religion.  As the midterm plenary of the […]

The Role of Religion in Contemporary Society – Ara Norenzayan at Spur, April 2015

April 11 3:00 pm Famed atheist and essayist Christopher Hitchens wrote, “Religion is part of the human make-up. It’s also part of our cultural and intellectual history. Religion was our first attempt at literature, the texts, our first attempt at cosmology, making sense of where we are in the universe, our first attempt at health […]

Ritual and the Evolution of Religion and Morality Workshop, November 2014

Organized by Cultural Evolution of Religion Research Consortium (CERC, UBC) and the research project “Ritual and the Emergence of Early Christian Religion” (REECR, University of Helsinki) Wednesday 26 Nov Ritual and Morality in the Development of Early Christian Religion 9:30–10:00AM Coffee 10:00–11:00AM István Czachesz, University of Heidelberg, “Religious Experience, Ritual, and the Transmission of Religion” […]

Prosociality in History and Historiography: PWIAS workshop – October 2014

Prosociality in History and Historiography: PWIAS workshop – October 2014

Prosociality in History and Historiography: Can Big Gods tip the Balance in World History? An International Research Roundtable awarded to Dr. Edward Slingerland and Dr. Brenton Sullivan, Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC Recent scholarship in the cognitive science of religion, social psychology and anthropology has advanced the hypothesis that the development of […]

Conversion and Religious Transformation Lecture Series 2014/15

Conversion and Religious Transformation Lecture Series 2014/15

CONVERSION AND RELIGIOUS TRANSFORMATION: ANCIENT AND MODERN EXPERIENCES AND PARADIGMS This lecture series, which extends the programming at Green College by UBC’s Centre for Human Evolution, Cognition and Culture, will focus on religious experience at points of change, especially but not exclusively in the ancient Mediterranean world and in the post-medieval (Christian) West. Speakers will […]

The Dynamics of Religion Lecture Series 2013/14

The Dynamics of Religion Lecture Series 2013/14

While many work within the confines of their disciplines, the scientific study of religion has recently witnessed a surfeit of interdisciplinary research. By linking otherwise disparate fields of inquiry, contemporary research sheds light not only on religious belief and practice, but also on human nature, the dynamic nature of social systems, and how the two inform each other.  This year’s series focuses […]