Religion move

As part of the wider relocations in the Division of Humanities, staff in Religion have now moved offices. You will now find us on the fourth floor of the south tower of the Richardson Building (with Te Tumu).

PhD awarded

Keziah Wallis's PhD has been approved. Her examiners described the thesis as "beautifully lucid, insightful, comprehensive and compelling," commented on the "maturity and thoroughness" of Keziah's engagement with the literature from Anthropology, Religious Studies and Area Studies and agreed that the these was among the best that they had examined. The examiners also agreed in nominating Keziah's thesis for inclusion on the Division's list of exceptional theses. Many congratulations, Keziah!

Advanced Pali Course

Phra Akbordin Rattana, a PhD candidate, attended an advanced course on the Pali language at the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies. The course was taught by Professor Richard Gombrich.

Phra Akbordin also presented funds for the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies from the Dhammachai Internation Research Institute.


John Shaver will be promoted to Senior Lecturer from 1 February 2019. Congratulations, John! John will also take over as Head of the Religion Programme from February.

Teaching Award

Ben Schonthal has been awarded a Division of Humanities Teaching Excellence Award. Congratulations, Ben!


Church on HydeReligion on Facebook

The Religion programme now has a Facebook page. Follow the page to get more regular updates and news about Religion events at Otago.

News archive

News items from previous years are available in the news archive.

University of Otago Religious Studies Programme