Dr. C.L. (Corey) Williams
- Christianity in the Modern World
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|Faculty / Department:||Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, LUCSoR|
Matthias de Vrieshof 1
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 2.03b
Broadly, my interests cut across multiple comparative religious traditions, methods, and theories of religion. While I am an anthropologist of religion, with methodological expertise in ethnography, I regularly draw upon multiple academic disciplines, ranging from sociology, history, political science, and post-colonial studies. During my graduate education, I developed a specialization in the religions of contemporary Africa (primarily Christianity, Islam, and African Indigenous Religions). While this specialization includes a geographic focus on Africa, I am also interested in the global scale of these religions and in particular that of World Christianity. Other interests include new religious movements, religious migration, and violence and religion.
- PhD in Religious Studies and World Christianity, The University of Edinburgh, UK (expected early 2015). Thesis Title: “Interreligious Encounter in a West African City: A Study of Multiple Religious Belonging and Identity Among the Yorùbá of Ogbómòsó, Nigeria”.
- MA (summa cum laude) in Religious Studies, History, and Anthropology, Pepperdine University, USA (2010). Thesis Title: “Conflict, Resolution and the Prospect of Peace: A Comparison Study on the Intercultural and Ethnoreligious Interaction Between Muslims and Christians in Contemporary Nigeria”.
- BA (cum laude) in Biblical Literature, Ozark Christian College, USA (2008).
- BTh (cum laude) in Theology and Greek, Ozark Christian College, USA (2007).
- Visiting Professor of Religion, Pepperdine University, USA (2014).
- Tutor and Assistant Lecturer, The University of Edinburgh, UK (2011-2014).
- Teaching and Research Assistant, Pepperdine University, USA (2008-2010).
Sports, Leisure, Religion, and Spirituality in Africa and the African Diaspora, co-edited with Afe Adogame and Damaris Parsitau (London: Routledge, forthcoming 2015).
Religion, Conflict, Violence, and Tolerance in Global Perspectives, co-edited with Olufunke Adeboye and Afe Adogame (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, forthcoming 2015).
“Researching Belonging and Identity in Multireligious Nigeria”, Knowing Each Other: Everyday Religious Encounters, Social Identities and Tolerance in Southwest Nigeria , A European Research Council Project.
“Religion, Conflict, Violence, and Tolerance in Nigeria and Beyond: Methodological Reflections”, Politics and Religion Journal, 6.1 (2012): 163-168.
Within the classroom, I bring a wide teaching scope in the academic study of religion. The following are courses I have taught and tutored in recent years:
Currents in World Christianity
New Indigenous Religious Movements
Religion in Culture: Theory, History and Interpretation
Religion in Society: People, Community and Mind
Lived Religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam
Global Religions: South Asian, African Indigenous and New Traditions
Indigenous Religions: Sub-Saharan Africa
The David M. Stowe Fellowship, Yale University (2013).
- Graduate Student Paper Award, American Society of Church History (2013).
- Graduate Student Paper Award, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (2012).
- Research Language Grant, Institute Catholique de Paris (2011).
- Conference and Research Grant, Centre for the Study of World Christianity, The University of Edinburgh (2011).
- School of Divinity Postgraduate Scholarship Award, The University of Edinburgh (2010-2013).
- Major Research Grant, Pepperdine University (2009).
- Research and Travel Grant, Lily Foundation (2009).
- Department of Religion Graduate Scholarship Award, Pepperdine University (2007-2010).
Student and Junior Scholar Committee, African Association for the Study of Religions (since 2013)
Planning Committee, African Association for the Study of Religions International Conference, University of Cape Town, South Africa, 30 July – 3 August 2014
Postgraduate Student Liaison, Centre for the Study of World Christianity, New College, University of Edinburgh (2010-2011 and 2012-2013)
I have also served as Co-Organiser and Head of Secretariat for the following:
Indigeneity Goes Global Workshop, The University of Edinburgh, 29 May 2014
Religion and Sport Workshop, The University of Edinburgh, 27 March 2013
International Sociological Association – Sociology of Religion Conference, Abuja, Nigeria, 27-30 January 2012
African Association for the Study of Religions International Conference, Egerton, Kenya, 18-23 July 2012
“Looking Back into Religious Futures: Dynamics of Resilience and Mutation in African Religionscapes”, IAHR World Congress, Erfurt, Germany, 23-29 August 2015
“On the Mutability of Religious Traditions: Chrislam and Beyond”, African Studies Association of the UK, University of Sussex, UK, 10 September 2014
“Exploring Multiple Religious Belongings in Contemporary Nigeria: Chrislam and Beyond”, Centre for the Study of World Christianity, The University of Edinburgh, UK, 4 March 2014
“Religious Bricolage and Typology: The Case of Chrislam in Nigeria”, American Academy of Religion, Baltimore, USA, 24 November 2013
“Christianity and Cultural Bricolage in Nigeria: An Ethnohistorical Approach to Transmission and Appropriation”, American Historical Association, New Orleans, USA, 4 January 2013
“Toward Ethno-Religious Solidarity: The Case of the Ogbomoso Society of Chrislam”, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Phoenix, USA, 11 November 2012
“Religio-Cultural Bricolage and Conflict: The Chrislam Movement in Nigeria”, Yale-Edinburgh Conference, The University of Edinburgh, UK, 30 June 2012
“Deconstructing Religious Violence: Sociological Reflections on Herbert Blumer’s Method of Symbolic Interactionism”, International Sociological Association, Abuja, Nigeria, 26 January 2012
“Education and Muslim-Christian Encounter in Contemporary Nigeria: The View from Ogbomoso and Kaduna”, Yale University, New Haven, USA, 1 July 2011
Leiden Islam Academie (LIA):
Regional Coordinator and Moderator for Sub-Saharan Africa on the 'Islam in the Modern World' project