The Elon Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, and Society is the research arm of the Elon University multi-faith center, which is located in the heart of campus and seeks to foster a diverse community of study, discourse and practice that promotes mutual understanding and respect across and within religious traditions and belief systems and contributes to the development of global citizenship.

The Elon Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, and Society highlights and promotes the interdisciplinary study of religion, culture, and society. This faculty-led center draws together faculty from disciplines across Elon’s campus, with students, staff, community members, and experts from the region and beyond. The Center will work to foster research, teaching, and dialogue that informs community knowledge and action. Pursuing fulfillment of Elon’s commitment to multi-faith education and engagement, the CSRCS convenes and facilitates dialogue that advances the understanding of the role of religion in society with intellectual rigor and academic integrity.

The Center offers rich and varied resources to fulfill the university’s vision of encouraging spiritual formation and expression, promoting religious literacy and respect for diverse faith traditions and world views, examining the role of religion in society, and supporting research and scholarship on religion. The Center invites broad participation of community members into meaningful dialogue, regardless of personal professions of faith, as a reflection of our commitment to modeling the respectful exchange of ideas and perspectives.

Center Intiatives include:

  • Supporting the interdisciplinary study of religion on Elon's campus among faculty and students;
  • Sponsoring colloquia on emerging and enduring issues related to the role of religion in culture and society;
  • Promoting excellence in undergraduate research related to the study of religion;
  • Establishing an international scholar-in-residence program;
  • Offering support for faculty on engaging the topic of religion in academic settings.

News and Events

Fieldwork, mentorship essential to South Indian research for Kathryn Gerry ‘20

Gerry is spending the summer capturing the narratives and realities of South Indian migrants and their communities as part of her research as a Multifaith Scholar.

Gatti presents a paper, presides over sessions, and hosts a business meeting at the IMC in Leeds, England

Associate Professor of Art History Evan Gatti presented "Things They Carry Re-Presented: Episcopal Simulacra or Decorative Ephemera,” presided over two sessions on Gender, Identity, & the Medieval Bishop & the Secular Clergy, and moderated the Brevia on Bishops & the Secular Clergy in the Middle Ages at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds, England.

Gatti co-organizes conference in Salisbury, England

Associate Professor of Art History Evan A. Gatti co-organized a 2-day conference held at Sarum College on the role of the medieval bishop as patron. 

Gatti presents two papers at the International Medieval Studies Congress, chairs panels, and serves as president of EPS

Evan A. Gatti, associate professor of art history and associate director of the Elon Core Curriculum, presented "Drawn in Ink With Love: Desire in Looking at and Looking Back” and "Re-Presentation and a Theology of Images" at the International Medieval Studies Congress in Kalamazoo, Michigan. 

‘On the Edge of Apocalypse’ Symposium papers published

Papers from the inaugural scholarly meeting held by the Center for the Study of Religion Culture and Society in 2017 were recently published in CrossCurrents journal.