Our Sponsors

This is the page where we thank our two primary sponsors, the British Association for the Study of Religions (BASR) and the North American Association for the Study of Religion (NAASR). The views expressed in podcasts, features and responses are the views of the individual contributors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Religious Studies Project or our sponsors.


logo_trans2Since its inception in January 2012, the RSP has been presented in association with the British Association for the Study of Religions (BASR). We are very grateful for their continued and generous support.

The BASR, formerly the British Association for the History of Religions (founded in 1954), is affiliated to the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR), whose object is the promotion of the academic study of religions through the international collaboration of all scholars whose research has a bearing on the subject. The BASR pursues these aims within the United Kingdom through the arrangement of conferences and symposia, the publication of a Bulletin and an Annual General Meeting. Membership of the BASR is open to scholars whose work has a bearing on the academic study of religions and who are normally resident in the United Kingdom. Please see their website for more information on their activities, and for membership details.


NIn January 2016, we welcomed the North American Association for the Study of Religion (NAASR) as an additional sponsor. We are indebted to NAASR for their generosity, and we look forward to working with them in the years to come to continue what we do, and to bring about some important and long-planned innovations.

The North American Association for the Study of Religion (NAASR) was initially formed in 1985 by E. Thomas Lawson, Luther H. Martin, and Donald Wiebe, to encourage the historical, comparative, structural, theoretical, and cognitive approaches to the study of religion among North American scholars; to represent North American scholars of religion at the international level; and to sustain communication between North American scholars and their international colleagues engaged in the study of religion.

Please see their website for more information on their activities, and for membership details. NAASR is incorporated as a nonprofit in the state of Vermont. A brief history of NAASR, written by Luther H. Martin and Donald Wiebe, can be found here.


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In April 2016, the Australian Association for the Study of Religion began generously sponsoring our mailing list. You should subscribe to that!

The Australian Association for the Study of Religions (AASR) is a professional organisation, comprised of academics, teachers, students and others with a knowledge and experience of religious traditions, which was formed in Adelaide in 1976.

The AASR promotes the study of religion by producing the Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, holding an annual conference, circulating an e-list of upcoming international events, scholarships and academic positions, hosting a website; and facilitating networks of like-minded scholars.

The AASR is a member association of the international Association for the History of Religions. Many AASR members also hold membership in other societies representing specific disciplines and cross-disciplinary fields.

The Association aims to function as a meeting place where the study of religion in its broadest dimensions may be fostered. It owes a considerable debt of gratitude to the Charles Strong Trust for financial support.


Page last updated: 7 April 2016