National Graduate Student Workshop: Representing Belief

Workshop description: The accurate and respectful representation of belief systems, including religions and minority cultures, has been an issue in the humanities and social sciences for many decades. In many globalized, multicultural and “postsecular” societies, in which contradictory belief systems come into constant contact, and within which contestations over identity and representation are increasingly fraught, emerging scholars in the social sciences and humanities must negotiate disciplinary traditions and contemporary concerns.

Preceding the annual conference of the Australian Association for the Study of Religion, hosted online by the Australian National University on 9-10 December, this 2-day online workshop will introduce students to key debates around the representation of belief, with a focus on research on religion, spirituality and minority cultures and ethnicities. Topics covered will include:

  • insider and outsider approaches to the study of religion
  • power relations and reflexivity in the study of religion
  • ethical considerations and approval processes
  • research interview methods

Combining seminars and discussions, the workshop will encourage participants to engage in a collaborative manner and apply the workshop material to their own research projects.

Workshop eligibility: Aimed at equipping students with a sophisticated understanding of the complexities of representing belief, this workshop is open to all Masters and PhD students enrolled at any Australian university. The workshop will be particularly valuable for students in the first year of postgraduate research, but it is not limited to first year postgrad students.

Workshop practicalities: The workshop will be held online via Zoom in sessions totalling approximately 10 hours over the two days. The precise schedule and content will be negotiated with participants, where possible, to take account of differing time zones, commitments, and research methodologies.

Workshop convenor: Ibrahim Abraham is the Hans Mol Research Fellow in Religion and the Social Sciences in the Humanities Research Centre of the Australian National University.

Workshop application: Please download the zip file with further information and the application form, to be submitted to no later than 30 September 2021. Applicants will be informed of the outcome by 15 October 2021.


Date & time

Tue 07 Dec 2021, 10am – Wed 08 Dec 2021, 4pm


Ibrahim Abraham
(02) 6125 4441


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