The Albert Moore Lectures

Albert Moore

In 2013, the Department of Theology and Religion established a biennial lecture series in honour of Professor Albert Moore. The lectures are delivered in Dunedin by distinguished international scholars and, where possible, also made available online.

The first lecture series "Toi Karaitiana: Christianity and Māori Art and Architecture" was delivered by Professor Jonathan Mane-Wheoki in 2013. The second series "ANZAC as State Cult" was delivered by Dr Christopher Hartney in 2015. Details of these lectures, and links to recordings are available here. The third series will form part of the celebrations of the fiftieth anniversary of Albert Moore's first lectures at Otago in 1967.

The 2017 Moore Lectures

Fifty Years of Religious Studies at Otago

In 2017, the Religion programme will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment at Otago of the first formal programme in the academic study of religion anywhere in Australasia. To mark the anniversary, we have invited leading international figures in the academic study of religion to reflect on the discipline’s history, its contemporary practice, and its future prospects. The lectures will begin at 5.15pm and the venue of each lecture will be announced separately.

Recordings of some of this year's series of lectures can be viewed on YouTube.

7 Feb

Professor Russell Gray, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena

Did Religion Play a Causal Role in the Evolution of Large, Complex Societies?

8 Mar

Professor Jonathan Silk, Leiden University Institute for Area Studies

What Does It Mean to Study Buddhism in the Academy?

23 Mar

Professor Mark Juergensmeyer, University of California, Santa Barbara

The Global Study of Global Religion

8 May

Professor Richard Sosis, University of Connecticut

Appraising the Academic Study of Religion: Perspectives from a Liminal Anthropologist

15 Jun

Professor Paul Morris, Victoria University of Wellington

The New Religious Diversity and the Academic Study of Religion

26 Jul

Professor Wesley Wildman, Boston University

Integrating the Sciences and the Humanities in the Study of Religion

19 Oct

Professor Carole M. Cusack, University of Sydney

‘Fake’ Religions, Fake News and the Allure of Fiction

2 Nov

Professor Greg Dawes, University of Otago

To Bear the Fate of the Times: Resisting the Seductions of Myth

23 Nov

Professor Joseph Bulbulia, Victoria University of Wellington

Religious Studies in New Zealand: The Last Twenty Years?

27 Feb

Professor Kate Crosby, King’s College London

Destroying the Dharma: Non-judgemental Awareness, Heretical Meditation, and Other Polarities of Modern Buddhism

15 Mar

Professor Aaron Hughes, University of Rochester

Rethinking the Study of Islamic Origins

(originally scheduled for 10 Aug 2017, now postponed until 15 Mar 2018)

Avalokiteshvara (17th-18th century), China, gilt-bronze, semi-precious stone, pigment. 115.0 x 72.5 x 45.4 cm, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Felton Bequest 1966 (1485-D5)The Albert Moore Memorial Lectures Appeal

Generous support for the lecture series has already been provided by Albert Moore's family, and the Presbyterian Synod of Otago and Southland. In order to establish the series in perpetuity, the Department is now seeking to raise an endowment fund of over $150,000. The fund will be administered by the University of Otago Foundation Trust and as a registered charity with donee status donation may be tax deductible.

To make your contribution to the establishment of the Moore Lectures, please visit the University of Otago's secure online giving page. We thank you for your support.

University of Otago Religious Studies Programme