November 2018

Religio- is a blog-style publication curated by doctoral students of the joint Laurier-Waterloo PhD program, Religious Diversity in North America. Once a month, a student in our program will publish with Religio- on either a subject that relates to their own research interests and/or that reflects current issues and events more broadly, including news items, public lectures and conferences, exhibits, and more. This project provides a virtual space for our graduate students to publish creative and timely content in a sophisticated online venue to reach new audiences while maintaining a commitment to knowledge production, academic rigour, and public intelligibility.

What is Going on in Room 104? Mormons and Mainstream Perceptions

Screenshot of Room 104 Missionary Episode

Room 104 is a series from HBO created in 2017 by Jay and Mark Duplass. The series centres on a motel room, with each episode exploring the titular room’s new occupant(s). With a background in Mormon Studies and an interest in religion and popular culture, I was hooked when...