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The Study of Religions Department at UCC is the only department dedicated to the study of religions on the island of Ireland. Our courses are solely taught from a non-theological and non-confessional perspective.

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Dr Yael Dansac
26 Feb 2024

Study of Religions Research Seminar Series - Dr Yael Dansac

Dr Yael Dansac: "(Re)Sacralizing Stones: Spiritual Engagements with Megaliths in Belgium"   You are invited to the next lecture in the Study of Religions Research Seminar Series on Wednesday 28 February 2024 from 5-6pm on MS Teams:   Ethnographical studies increasingly show the conversion of megalithic sites into places used for a myriad of spiritual purposes, mostly associated to contemporary rituals that celebrate nature as a sentient being. Analyzing data recently gathered at Pagan practices held in Wéris, a Belgian megalithic site dating from the Neolithic period, this ethnography examines material evidence (offerings) and ritual interactions (ceremonies). This presentation provides understanding on the processes of sacralization of ancient spaces, while also suggesting further inquiries to assess the relationships between non-religious spiritualities, identity transformation, and the re-enchantment of nature. Please contact Dr Yael Dansac at yael.dansac@ulb.be for the MS Teams link. All are welcome. Open to the public.
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11 Feb 2024

Dr Brendan McNamara's opinion piece in the Irish Times: In an increasingly secular world does freedom of religion or belief really matter?

In an increasingly secular world does freedom of religion or belief really matter? Rite & Reason: Freedom of religion or belief is as important for atheists and people who wish to leave or change their religion as it is for the devoutly religious   Read Dr Brendan McNamara's opinion piece in the Irish Times here. 
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The Study of Religions in Ireland: Past, Present and Future
05 Feb 2024

The Study of Religions in Ireland: Past, Present and Future

Bloomsbury Publishing has just released a paperback edition of the book  "The Study of Religions in Ireland: Past, Present and Future" Brendan McNamara (Anthology Editor) , Hazel O’Brien (Anthology Editor) The Study of Religions in Ireland: Past, Present and Future provides a comprehensive and field-defining examination of the study of religions in Ireland. By bringing together some of the foremost experts on religions in an Irish context, it critically traces the development of an important field of study and evaluates the thematic threads that have emerged as significant.
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29 Nov 2023

Dr. Amanullah De Sondy spoke at Tech Industry Alliance conference in Cork on diversity and moving beyond tokenism.

His comments touched on anti-racism, religions, University College Cork’s Race Equality Network, joining the dots of discrimination and his experience of being in the middle of the Dublin riots.
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