NAASR Statement In Support of BASR and the Study of Religion at Stirling

stirlingIn support of the Religion Department at the University of Stirling, which is being threatened with closure, the North American Association for the Study of Religion issued the following letter on the NAASR website. In order to “get the word out” and to encourage people across the discipline to show support for the department at Stirling, we want to share this letter here on the Bulletin‘s blog.


Below is the text sent on 4 September 2015 to the University of Stirling on behalf of NAASR’s Executive Council.

On behalf of the Executive Council of the North American Association for the Study of Religion, a member of the International Association for the History of Religions, we are writing you to offer our strong support of the September 3rd statement issued by the British Association for the Study of Religion. We agree that “Colleagues and students from Stirling have been at the forefront of critical study and debate about religion,” and that the academic and nondenominational study of religion “has a key role within higher education institutions.” Consequently, we echo their call for you to  “reconsider the closure of an independent department that is greatly valued nationally and internationally.”


Russell McCutcheon
University of Alabama
NAASR President
Aaron Hughes
University of Rochester
NAASR Vice President
Craig Martin
St. Thomas Aquinas College
NAASR Executive Secretary/Treasurer
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