Doctoral Grant Recipients 2018

The Corporation has granted three doctoral travel grants in 2018 :

Allisson Murray. Toronto University

Proponents of complementarianism argue that there are static, distinct, and divinely-ordained roles for men and for women. In certain segments of the American church, adherence to complementarian teachings serves as a means of differentiating “faithful” Christians from those who belong to “the world.” My dissertation “Making, Marking, and Mandating Gender Roles: A History of Complementarian Theology, 1970-2010,” explores popular theological books that give gender-specific advice on Christian living. I will demonstrate how proponents of complementarianism understand “biblical” gender roles, how adherents of complementarianism are expected to live, how these expectations have shifted over time. The development of complementarian teachings provides a fascinating case through which to examine power dynamics, religious convictions, and political identities within late twentieth-century evangelicalism.

Morgan Oddie. Cultural Studies. Queen’s University. “Embodiment and Pain: The Affective, Social, and Physical Bodies of Women Who Participate in BDSM”

Morgan Oddie is a doctoral candidate in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. Her research examines the ritual context of intersections of gender, power, bodies, and sexuality. She examines Bondage/ Dominance / Submission / Sadism / Masochism (BDSM) practices as ritual in relation to their impact on embodiment. Through feminist ethnographic methods, her work seeks to centre the voices of self-identified women participants and their affective experiences of BDSM play.

David Villeneuve. Faculté de théologie et sciences religieuses, Université Laval. Chrétiens de la plaine de Ninive (Irak) : identité et perspectives d’avenir.

Are Christians in Iraq going to disappear? The question is not new, but seems more current than ever, while the number of Christians in Iraq has decreased by two-thirds in less than fifteen years. Yet nothing comes to explain what the idea of ​​their disappearance really means. Therefore, our research aims to demonstrate, through a field study in the Nineveh plain, birthplace of Iraqi Christianity, that the Iraqi Christians’ identity is linked to this territory, and that it cannot last, such as it has existed for 2000 years, only if they remain in the region.