History and Mission

The International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture exists to promote academic study of literature, religion, the arts and theory through the collaboration of like-minded scholars, teachers, practitioners, and other parties with vested interest in these interlinking categories. Through its biennial conference, its designated website, and a close working relationship with the journal Literature and Theology (OUP), the Society aims to encourage original research and publication, provide networks for collaborative endeavour, offer notice of relevant work, and support early career scholars pursuing work of an interdisciplinary nature.

The original Society for Religion and Literature was founded at the University of Durham, England, having grown out a series of international conferences that began in 1980. From these activities the journal Literature and Theology: An International Journal of Religion, Culture and Theory was established in 1987 with Oxford University Press. The Society then moved to the University of Glasgow in 1991, with a widening circle of international interest and participation.

The International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture was formally founded in September, 2000, at the Tenth Annual Conference on Religion and Literature hosted by the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands. The Society has since developed its international connections, with conferences alternating between Continental Europe and the UK, and with close links to groups and societies in Canada, France, Germany, Scandinavia, South Africa, Australia, China, Japan, and Korea, alongside the American Academy of Religion in the United States.


The ISRLC Constitution can be viewed here


The membership of the ISRLC Committee is listed here


A collection of relevant links can be found here