Welcome to the Centre for Religious Studies

The Centre for Religious Studies (previously known as the Centre for Studies in Religion and Theology) is committed to the academic study of the wide range of religious traditions within society, both past and present. Its aims are to:

  • advance interdisciplinary scholarship in the field of religious studies (understood as embracing theology or the intellectual structure of a religious tradition) by drawing on existing strengths in the faculty and university;
  • provide coherent undergraduate programs of study in religious studies, within the limited resources of the centre by coordinating existing faculty resources;
  • provide graduate courses and opportunities to pursue higher degrees by research in the area of religious studies, by offering a range of postgraduate subjects, coordinating individual graduate supervision, and calling attention to relevant subjects offered within faculty;
  • promote interdisciplinary research, interchange and collaboration focused on religious studies among staff at Monash and in the wider community through seminars, conferences and papers. One of the means of pursuing this objective involves on-going discussions with a range of religious groups, including the major providers of theological education in Melbourne.



  • Sat 14 April 15.30-17.00 H1.25 Monash Caulfield Seminar and Book launch with Dr Craig Hassed and Prof. Padmasiri de Silva Light refreshments. RSVP Constant.Mews@monash.edu by 12 April. Flyer Read more
  • Myth and religion are terms re-entering public debate in Australia. Certainly, myth is a notion still often used in a pejorative sense, to evoke a fantastical story that serves to legitimate particular interests. Yet – as retellings of the Gallipoli story reveal – there is a growing awareness that any community, whether a nation or… Read more
  • If you are interested in pursuing an Honours year in Religious Studies, please contact Prof Constant Mews. If you have enquiries about undergraduate offerings relating to Religious Studies, please contact Dr Tamara Prosic. Read more
  • Monash is aiming to be the world’s first university with a university-wide approach to mindfulness, incorporating faculty based mindfulness programs that are embedded into the core curriculum, over the next few years. At its root, mindfulness is the practice of paying attention. It involves a range of practices and strategies that aim to quieten the… Read more