The board and the executive committee

English editor for Studies in Religion

Zeba Crook did his MA at UBC with Dietmar Neufeld (1997) and his PhD at the University of St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto (2003) with John Kloppenborg. He’s a Full Professor at Carleton University (the one in Ottawa, not the college in Minnesota!). Zeba Crook publishes in social-scientific approaches to Judean and Christian writings, situating in the ancient Mediterranean social world, particularly on honor and shame, collectivism, patronage, friendship, theories of exchange, as well as in synoptic problem, memory theory, Jesus in modern fiction, religious studies, cultural studies. He’s currently writing an Introduction to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam for OUP, and editing a collection of primary texts from the ancient Mediterranean and Near East that relate to their social values (honor, economy, dress, space, patronage, and so on) to be published by Eerdmans.

Carlton University, Religion department
2a43 Paterson Hall
Ottawa, ON
K1S 4Y7
Canada

French editor for Studies in Religion

Frédéric Dejean détient un doctorat (2010) en études urbaines (INRS-UCS) et en géographie humaine (Paris Ouest-Nanterre-La Défense). Il a poursuivi par trois années de recherches postdoctorales (2011-2014) à l’Université de Montréal aux départements de sociologie, puis de philosophie (Centre de recherche en éthique), et enfin à la Faculté d’aménagement (bourse postdoctorale du FRQSC). Il a été chercheur durant trois ans en milieu collégial, à l’Institut de recherche sur l’intégration professionnelle des immigrants (IRIPI – Collège de Maisonneuve). Son expertise de recherche concerne le protestantisme évangélique et pentecôtiste, la place du fait religieux dans les organisations et la problématique de l’intervention en lien avec des questions religieuses. Il est membre régulier au sein de l’équipe de recherche PLURADICAL, chercheur régulier au Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en études montréalaises (CRIEM), membre régulier du Centre d’études ethniques des universités montréalaises (CEETUM), et chercheur associé du groupe Recherche et action sur les polarisations sociales (RAPS)

Département des sciences des religions. UQAM

Secretary of the CCSR

Catherine Caufield earned a BScN with distinction (University of Ottawa), MA with distinction (Wilfrid Laurier University), and PhD (University of Toronto). She has received a number of awards, including a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto and a Foreign Government Award with the Government of Mexico. Her research areas of interest are hermeneutic literary theory and the expression of religion in contemporary local and global sociopolitical contexts. She has published over forty articles in referred journals, as well as Hermeneutical Approaches to Religious Discourse in Mexican Narrative (Peter Lang), and Shmiot Fugue: Neomysticism in the Voices of Three Jewish-Mexican Women Writers (Hadassa).

President of the CCSR

Mathieu Boisvert est professeur à l’Université du Québec à Montréal depuis 1992. Il a effectué un BA en Religious Studies à l’Université McGill (1981-1984), un diplôme en langue palie au Siddhartha College de l’Université de Bombay (1984-1985), une maîtrise en études sud-asiatiques à l’Université de Toronto (1985-1987), puis un doctorat en pali et sanskrit à l’Université McGill (1987-1991).

Bien que sa formation d’origine soit les langues et les traditions anciennes de l’Asie du sud, il s’intéresse particulièrement, depuis son arrivée au Département de sciences des religions de l’UQAM, à l’articulation du religieux sud asiatique avec les sphères politiques et sociales.

Mathieu Boisvert a mené plusieurs recherches de terrain en Inde, au Sri Lanka, au Myanmar, au Népal et au Bhoutan, s’intéressant aux pratiques religieuses contemporaines telles le pèlerinage et l’ascétisme. Mathieu Boisvert est l’un des membres fondateurs du GRÌMER (Groupe de recherche interdisciplinaire sur le Montréal ethno-religieux) dont les objectifs étaient de faire valoir le rôle du religieux dans la reconstruction identitaire des nouveaux arrivants sur le territoire québécois. Il a travaillé extensivement avec les communautés hindoues d’origine tamoule sri lankaise et d’origine indienne. La situation des réfugiés d’origine bhoutanaise, présents au Québec depuis 2009, est également l’un de ses intérêts probants.

Mathieu Boisvert est également directeur et fondateur du Centre d’études et de recherche sur l’Inde, l’Asie du Sud et sa diaspora (CERIAS), logé à l’UQAM.  www.cerias.uqam.ca

Depuis 1998, Boisvert a mené plusieurs projets académiques en territoire sud-asiatique. Il a organisé, notamment, des séjours d’études pour étudiants de plusieurs semaines. Il a été l’instigateur du Programme court de deuxième cycle « Études de terrain en Inde », programme de 9 crédits où les étudiants doivent séjourner près d’un mois en Inde après avoir suivi deux séminaires de 45 heures à Montréal à l’automne et le printemps précédent le départ.

English

Mathieu Boisvert has been a professor at l’Université du Québec à Montréal since 1992. He has completed a BA in Religious Studies at McGill University (1981-84), a diploma in Pali language at Siddharth College of Mumbai University (1984-85), master’s in South Asian Studies at the University of Toronto (1985-87) and a Doctorate in Pali and Sanskrit at McGill University (1987-91).

Given his initial training in languages and in ancient South Asian traditions, since his arrival at UQAM’s Department of Religious Studies, Mathieu Boisvert has shown particular interest in the interaction of South Asian religions with political and social spheres.

Mathieu Boisvert has led numerous research projects in India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Nepal, and Bhutan, focusing on contemporary religious practices such as pilgrimage, asceticism and those of sexual minorities.

Mathieu Boisvert is the founder and the director of the Centre d’études et de recherche sur l’Inde, l’Asie du Sud et sa diaspora, hosted at the Université du Québec à Montréal.

He is also one of the founders of GRIMER (Groupe de recherche interdisciplinaire sur le Montréal ethno-religieux), which showcased religion’s role in reconstructing the identities of people immigrating to Quebec. Mathieu Boisvert has worked extensively with Hindu communities of Tamil/Sri Lankan and Indian origins. He also worked with Bhutanese refugees who have lived in Quebec since 2009. Since 1998, Boisvert has headed many academic projects in South Asian territories and notably organized educational student trips spanning multiple weeks. He also founded the short graduate program “Études de terrain en Inde,” a nine-credit program wherein students stay in India for close to one month after having taken two 45-hour seminars in Montreal, one in autumn and the other the spring before departure.

Past President

Dr. Adéla Sandness is a specialist on the Hindu goddess Sarasvati in both classical Hindu and ancient Indian mythology and ritual. Her research in Vedic Studies is influenced by both the French school of Indology and the Moscow Tartu school of semiotics. Assistant Professor in St. Francis Xavier University’s Department of Religious Studies, Dr. Sandness has taught in the areas of Hinduism and Buddhism for over ten years at institutions which also include McGill University and the University of Regina.

Dr. Sandness received her doctorate in religious studies from the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes of the Sorbonne (Paris) where she held a fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Her dissertation on Sarasvati in the Rg-Veda explores early, classical and contemporary perceptions of the nature of this goddess. It also addresses such related themes as the Indian cosmology, the body, gender, the environment, creation, poetry, and sacrifice. Her previous research includes work on the classical Hindu goddess Durga as well as study of contemporary Hindu/Muslim relations in India.

Dr. Sandness has also conducted research on traditional practices in Montreal’s South Asian community. In addition to preparing French and English publications regarding her work on Sarasvati, Dr. Sandness is currently translating for publication a series of key works from French Indological tradition. Dr. Sandness has received invitations to speak at the XI and XIIth World Sanskrit Conferences, the third International Vedic Workshop, and the XXVIth International Congress of Asian and North African Studies.

She is presently member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Studies in Religion, journal of the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion. She has served on the boards of the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion and the Société Québecoise pour l’Étude de la Réligion. She is a member of the Société Asiatique (Paris) as well as the American Oriental Society and the International Association for Sanskrit Studies; she is a life-member of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute (Pune). Dr. Sandness is a collaborator with Canadian composer Michael Oesterle on the creation of an opera about the goddess Sarasvati which will be produced in Toronto. She has been interviewed on Canadian Tamil and Hindu radio stations and is often asked to speak about Sarasvati, and other aspects of Hindu mythology, to members of the Canadian Hindu community.

Department of Religious Studies. St. Francis Xavier University
P.O. Box 5000
Antigonish, NS
B2G 2W5

CSPS Representative

Lincoln H. Blumell is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto in the Department for the Study of Religion in 2009. He also holds a M.St. from the University of Oxford (Christ Church) and an M.A. and BA (Hons.) from the University of Calgary. His research focus is Christianity in the Roman and Byzantine periods with a special emphasis on Christianity in Egypt and Greek papyrology.

Department of Ancient Scripture
Brigham Young University
210F JSB

CSSR Representative

Advisor, Education and Communications, Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion at York University

Heather Shipley has a Ph.D. in Religious Studies (2009), an M.A. in Religious Studies (2006), and a B.A. in Religious Studies and Psychology (2004). She was Project Manager for The Religion and Diversity Project, a SSHRC Major Collaborative Research Initiative at the University of Ottawa and teaches part-time at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. Her research focuses the construction, management and regulation of religion, gender, sexuality and sexual orientation as identity categories in law, policy and public discourse.

Publications include: “Connected Identities: Challenging Narrative Scripts About Identity Construction,” Sexual Diversity and Religious Diversity, edited by P. Dickey Young, T. Trothen and H. Shipley, UBC Press, under review; 2011. “One of these things is not like the other: Regulating Sexual Difference,” Reasonable Accommodation: Managing Religious Diversity, edited by L. Beaman, Vancouver: UBC Press, in press; and “Examining Sexual Diversity: Sexual Orientation and Marriage in Canadian Law” (2008)Journal of Religion and Culture 20: 95-116.

York University
Department of Classics and Religious Studies
55 Laurier Avenue East, Room 10124
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

SQER President

David Koussens est professeur agréré à la Faculté de droit de l’Université de Sherbrooke, directeur du Centre d’études du religieux contemporain, titulaire de la chaire de recherche Droit, religion et laïcité et membre du Centre de recherche Société, Droit et Religions de l’Université de Sherbrooke (SoDRUS).

Après avoir suivi une formation de juriste en France et au Québec et exercé des fonctions juridiques au Conseil d’État et au Ministère français de la culture et des communications, il a complété un doctorat en sociologie à l’Université du Québec à Montréal. Il a été Max Weber Fellow à l’Institut universitaire européen de Florence (2010-2011) et chercheur postdoctoral au Centre de recherche en éthique de l’Université de Montréal (2011). Dans le cadre de ses recherches, il a également été chercheur invité à la London School of Economics (mars 2011), au Kadish Center for Morality, Law and Public Affairs de l’Université de Californie à Berkeley (août-septembre 2012) et au Centre Perelman de Philosophie du droit de l’Université libre de Bruxelles (avril-juin 2013).

Ses recherches proposent l’analyse comparée des représentations sociales sur la laïcité et des dispositifs juridiques nationaux de régulation de la diversité religieuse. Elles visent également à explorer les diverses qualifications du religieux par les acteurs sociaux, politiques et religieux, puis à retracer comment ces qualifications conditionnent la participation et l’inscription des groupes religieux dans l’espace public.

Faculté de droit
Université de Sherbrooke
Bureau A7-261
2500 boul. Université
Sherbrooke (Québec)
J1K 2R1

CTS Representative

Associate professor, philosophy and ethics

After completing his PhD in Scotland and postdoctoral work in Wales, Timothy returned to Calgary and began teaching at St. Mary’s. He now live, along with his wife and their two dogs, in the far south of Calgary. He teaches philosophy and ethics because he has a passion for helping students think critically about their lives, communities, and their world. There is much that can be learned from an examination of classical and modern thought that open students to new questions and exposes them to new ways of viewing their experiences and their world. He desires to see his students become equipped to strive for justice and engage society with compassion in a spirit of equity and inclusivity. Timothy’s research focuses on philosophical theology where he engages practical questions from the standpoint of metaethical issues and grounded primarily in continental thought. He has published on diverse figures such as the German political theologian, Jürgen Moltmann, and the medieval scholar Thomas Aquinas. He’s interested in the big social questions of our day such as philosophical accounts of embodiment and the political economy. More recently, he has begun investigating scholarly discussions in critical animal studies and environmental theologies and philosophies. In this regard he’s particularly interested in intersubjective accounts between human and non-human animals as well as animal eschatology. When not doing academic work, he can be found walking its dogs, visiting the mountains, watching science fiction movies, or listening to the music of U2.

St Mary’s University
923 Robie St,
Halifax,
NS B3H 3C3
Office A327

SCT president

Denise Couture, Ph D. (théologie), est professeure titulaire à la faculté de théologie et de sciences des religions de l’Université de Montréal. Elle est membre de l’équipe de direction du Centre de théologie et d’éthique contextuelles québécoises [CETECQ] et membre de la collective L’autre Parole. Ses champs d’expertise sont les suivants : théologie féministe, femmes et religions, interreligieux féministe; éthique théologique chrétienne, éthiques et religions, éthique et sexualité; théologie contextuelle, théologie et altermondialisme.

CSBS Representative

President and Dean, Professor of New Testament, Roy A. Hope Chair in Christian Worldview

Stan has taught for nearly thirty years in post-secondary institutions in Canada, the USA, and the UK. He came to McMaster Divinity College in 2001 as the President and Professor of New Testament, and is now in his sixteenth year at MDC. His publications include 28 authored books and over 300 authored journal articles and chapters, along with over a hundred other shorter pieces; he has also edited over 90 volumes. Stan has a wide range of academic specialties. These include Greek language and linguistics, hermeneutics and various methods of interpretation, and the range of New Testament studies from the Gospels to John to Acts to Paul. He is also a specialist in papyrological and text-oriented research, and is very interested in the wider Greco-Roman world. Stan has a vision for McMaster Divinity College to continue to serve as a first choice seminary of academic excellence and exemplary leadership training.

McMaster Divinity College
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1
Room 244

English book review editor for Studies in Religion

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Sarah E. Rollens is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Rhodes College. Prior to coming to Rhodes, she taught courses in Religious Studies at University of Toronto, University of North Carolina Wilmington, and University of Alabama. She received her PhD in the Study of Religion in 2013 from University of Toronto. Her dissertation, Framing Social Criticism in the Jesus Movement: The Ideological Project in the Sayings Gospel Q, was published in 2014 by Mohr Siebeck. Her current research project deals with violent imagery in early Christian texts. This research combines her broader interests in Christian origins, social theory, scribalism, identity formation, the ancient Mediterranean world, and the Synoptic gospels. Prof. Rollens has taught numerous courses in Religious Studies: Introduction to the New Testament; Introduction to Religious Studies; Historical Jesus; Jesus of Nazareth; Violence in Early Christianity; Religion and Identity in the Ancient Mediterranean World; Popular Culture/Public Humanities; Jesus in the Early Christian Writings; Early Christians Gospels; and Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. She is currently teaching The Bible: Texts and Contexts (Life) and The Search for Values in Light of Western History and Religion (Search).

Vice-President of the CCSR

Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and thereby authorized to supervise theses.

Lori G. Beaman, Ph.D. is the Canada Research Chair in the Contextualization of Religion in a Diverse Canada, Professor in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa, and the Principal Investigator of the Religion and Diversity Project, a thirty-seven-member international research team whose focus is religion and diversity.

She is internationally recognized for three core intellectual innovations: 1) the concept of deep equality as an alternative to tolerance and accommodation in responding to religious diversity; 2) the identification of the transformation of majoritarian religion into culture and heritage; and 3) the illumination of an emerging ‘will to religion’ and its impact on the growing category of those who choose no religion.

As the Canada Research Chair in Religious Diversity and Social Change, her research seeks to deepen understandings of the changes taking place in our religious and social landscapes resulting from the increasing number of people who identify as having no religion.  In the process of this exploration, her research identifies the range of interactions between these groups by mapping sites of conflict and negotiation and discovering how differences are negotiated or how conflict is intensified.

She is Principal Investigator of the Religion and Diversity Project, a $2.5 million, 7 year Major Collaborative Research Initiative funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council housed at the University of Ottawa. The international, comparative, multidisciplinary research project involves 37 team members at 24 universities in 5 countries (Canada, US, France, UK, Australia), and explores how religious diversity is ‘managed’ in global context. The project aims to address the following question: What are the contours of religious diversity in Canada and how can we best respond to the opportunities and challenges presented by religious diversity in ways that promote a just and peaceful society? Visit the project’s website: religionanddiversity.ca

University of Ottawa
Department of Classics and Religious Studies
55 Laurier Avenue East, Room 10125

Treasurer

Christopher Austin was born and raised in Montreal, and hold BA and MA degrees in Religious Studies from Concordia University, and a PhD in Religious Studies from McMaster University. Her doctoral dissertation treated the two concluding books of the Mahabharata, a 4th century Sanskrit epic poem. He has studied Sanskrit at the University of British Columbia, McMaster University, and the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute in Pune, India, where he also undertook manuscript research on Mahabharata commentarial literature. Before coming to Dalhousie, he taught Introductory and Intermediate Sanskrit at McMaster University and South Asian Religions at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

The figure around whom her research revolves is the Hindu god Vishnu, particularly in his manifestation as Vasudeva Krishna. Four Sanskrit texts — the Mahabharata, Harivamsha, Vishnu Purana and Bhagavata Purana — constitute the key corpus for this research. Presently he’s working on the extended family of Krishna as treated in these poems, and the changing understanding in Hindu religious culture of the mythic and human identity of Krishna and his descendants.

Religious Studies Program. Department of classics. Dalhousie University
Dalhousie University
Marion McCain Building, Room 2185
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada  B3H 4R2

Student representative

Marie-Josée Blanchard is a PhD student currently enrolled in an interdisciplinary humanities program at Concordia University in Montreal and a member of the Center for Sensory Studies (CSS). Holding a B.A. in Psychology (University of Moncton) and an M.A. in Religious Studies (University of Ottawa), her research interests currently focus on the intersection between Hinduism, devotion, classical Indian dance, Indian aesthetics, culture, emotions and the senses. Marie-Josée’s PhD project explores the sensory and emotional nature of the notion of rasa in bharatanātyam, a classical Indian dance-drama (among many) that has been through a cultural renewal in the past century. Her most recent publication and work have been exploring the role of sense perception and the representation of Canadian aboriginal sensory models in museum space.

English language book series editor «Studies in Christianity and Judaism» with McGill-Queens University Press

Terry Donaldson is Lord and Lady Coggan Professor of New Testament Studies at Wycliffe College, and has had a status-only appointment with the Department for the Study of Religion since 2001. His current research has to do with ethnicity and identity formation within “Gentile Christianity” to the end of the second century. More generally, his research interests have centred on the process by which the movement eventually known as Christianity developed—within a century or so–from its beginnings as an eschatological renewal movement entirely within the Jewish environment into a largely Gentile religion, separate from the synagogue. His areas of teaching and publications include Second Temple Judaism and its literature; Jewish “universalism”; Matthew; Paul; Gentile Christianity; anti-Judaism and the New Testament. Before coming to Toronto (1999), he taught at the College of Emmanuel and St. Chad (Saskatoon), with a cross-appointment to the Department of Religious Studies (University of Saskatchewan).

Wycliffe College
5 Hoskin Ave
Totonto, ON M5S 1H7, Canada

French book review editor

Domaines d’expertises 

  • Bible
  • Judaïsmes
  • Christianismes
  • Religion et mort
  • Méthodes et herméneutique en exégèse des textes anciens

Département des sciences des religions. Université du Québec à Montréal
C.P. 8888, succ. Centre-ville
Montréal (Québec)
H3C 3P8 CANADA

Member at large

Areas of specialization

Early Christianity in the Greco-Roman world, Biblical studies, History of Christianity, Methodology in the study of religion (anthropology, sociology, and the comparative study of world religions). Topics of interest relating to religion in the ancient world include: healing, travel and pilgrimage, ritual, social identity, and group relations.

Education

  1. PhD, University of Ottawa
  2. MA, University of Calgary
  3. BA, University of Calgary
  4. BComm, University of Calgary

Faculty lead for Interdisciplinary Research Group on Travel
Director, Concordia Institute for Christian Studies and Society

Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. Concordia University of Edmonton
Concordia University of Edmonton
7128 Ada Boulevard. Office: FH206
Edmonton AB T5B 4E4
Canada