Religion & Decoloniality

In wake of recent events which have illuminated the participation of various religious societies in Canada’s residential schools as well as wider, global systems of Indigenous subjugation, we as scholars of religion are urgently called to consider:

How is the study of religion positioned within matrices of colonial domination, both historically and contemporarily? Conversely, in what ways can religion offer a generative perspective from which decolonial disruptions, thoughts, and practices might emerge?

Through multiple pedagogical frames, the Religion and Decoloniality series will explore these questions to develop new “decolonial options,” ideas, and languages from which future projects can build; to think with (rather than about) decoloniality as a means of constructing “otherwise” modes of religious studies scholarship; and to produce a generative and, importantly, challenging site of critical reflection for participants both within and outside the field of religious studies.