Study of Religion as an Analytical Discipline


SORAAAD was created as a means to further the reach of the best qualitative analytical work in the study of religion. Our objective has been to function as both a workshop and a medium of scholarly exchange respecting critical and social theories, methodology, conceptualization and research design. Having served as SORAAAD’s primary sponsor since 2014, as of 2017 The University of Regina Religion Department is now the official institutional center for SORAAAD’s activities. This alliance has been designed to sustain the innovation of research design, proliferate techniques, and further the immediate integration of findings into the training of graduate students and undergraduate curriculum.

SORAAAD Workshop 2017: Appropriation and the Analytical Study of Religion

In year seven, SORAAAD will focus on appropriation. How is appropriation defined with respect to power and consumption? How is appropriation considered an act of interpretation and exchange? How are appropriation and its contestation meaningful for those we study? What do instances or ongoing acts of appropriation tell us about the politics of representation and classification?

SORAAAD Workshops (2011-2016)

  • 2011 The Study of Religion as an Analytical Discipline?

SORAAAD Committee

  • Ipsita Chatterjea - Executive Director
  • William E. Arnal - Director - Professor, Head of Department, Religious Studies, University of Regina
  • David Walker - Editorial Director - Assistant Professor,  Religion Department, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Rebecca Raphael - Editorial Director - Professor,  Philosophy Department, Texas State University
  • Randall Styers, Associate Professor, Head of Department, Religion Department, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Jens Kreinath, Associate Professor, Anthropology Department, Wichita State University
  • Edward Silver, Assistant Professor, Religion Department, Wellesley College