Lori G. Beaman, Ph.D., F.R.S.C., is the Canada Research Chair in Religious Diversity and Social Change, and a professor in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa. Her primary research interest is examining how nonreligious and religious people can coexist in an increasingly diverse and complex world. This interest forms the focus of her current research project, entitled Nonreligion in a Complex Future. She is the recipient of the 2017 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Impact Award in the Insight Category and holds an honorary doctorate from Uppsala University.
David Koussens is an associate professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Sherbrooke, holder of the Research Chair in Law, Religion and Secularism and member of the Research Center for Society, Law and Religions at the University of Sherbrooke (SoDRUS).
After training as a lawyer in France and Quebec and exercising legal functions at the Council of State and the French Ministry of Culture and Communications, he completed a doctorate in sociology at the University of Quebec in Montreal. He was Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence (2010-2011) and postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Research in Ethics at the University of Montreal (2011). As part of his research, he was also a visiting researcher at the London School of Economics (March 2011), at the Kadish Center for Morality, Law and Public Affairs at the University of California at Berkeley (August-September 2012) and at Perelman Center for Philosophy of Law of the Free University of Brussels (April-June 2013).
His research offers a comparative analysis of social representations of secularism and national legal systems for regulating religious diversity. They also aim to explore the various qualifications of religion by social, political and religious actors, and then to retrace how these qualifications condition participation and registration of religious groups in public space.
Faculté de droit
Université de Sherbrooke
2500 boul. Université
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. His 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.
Jennifer A. Selbyis associate professor and graduate coordinator of Religious Studies and affiliate member of Gender Studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. Her ethnographic research considers Islam in contemporary France and Canada, focusing on secularization theory, Muslim studies, and gender. She is the author of over 30 articles and book chapters, co-author of Beyond Accommodation: Everyday Narratives of Muslim Canadians (UBC Press, 2018), author of Questioning French Secularism: Gender Politics and Islam in a Parisian Suburb (Palgrave MacMillan, 2012), and co-editor of Debating Sharia (University of Toronto Press, 2012) and Producing Islam(s) in Canada (forthcoming with University of Toronto Press).
In addition to secretarial duties with the Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion, Selby is co-chair of the Anthropology of Religion section and steering committee member of the Religion and Migration Unit, both in the American Academy of Religion.
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.
Book Series Editor, "Studies in Christianity and Judaism"
Richard Ascough is a Professor in the School of Religion at Queen’s University at Kingston. His research focuses on the formation early Christ groups and Greco-Roman religious culture, with particular attention to various types of associations. He has published widely in the field with more than forty articles and essays and ten books, including Associations in the Greco-Roman World (with John Kloppenborg and Philip Harland, 2012) and 1 and 2 Thessalonians: Encountering the Christ Group at Thessalonike (2014). He has been recognized for his innovative and effective teaching in a number of ways, including the 3M National Teaching Fellowship in 2018.
Denise Couture, Ph D. (théologie), est vice-doyenne et 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.
Son expertise porte sur la théologie féministe, les femmes et religions. l’interreligieux féministe, l’éthique théologique chrétienne, la théologie contextuelle et les approches décolonisées. En sciences des religions, sa recherche concerne les droits des femmes et les religions sur la scène internationale; dans le cadre des conférences mondiales des Nations Unies, comparaison entre les discours catholiques et islamiques sur la condition des femmes. Dans le secteur de la théologie chrétienne, ses analyses portent sur
l’inter-spiritualité féministe: les conditions de la rencontre inter-spirituelle et interreligieuse entre des femmes d’appartenances diverses;
la féminisation du concept de Dieu dans le mouvement féministe et chrétien nord-américain: le divin, la trinité, Marie, la mère de Dieu;
les diverses approches en théologie féministe: les intersections construites par des théologiennes féministes, depuis une trentaine d’années, entre les théories théologiques et les théories féministes.
English editor for Studies in Religion / Sciences religieuses
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
Diana Dimitrova is Professor of Hinduism and South Asian religions at the University of Montreal. She obtained her Ph.D. in Modern and Classical South Asian Studies, and English philology at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. Prior to joining the University of Montreal, she held several academic positions in the United States, Canada and Germany. She is the author of Hinduism and Hindi Theatre (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016); Gender, Religion and Modern Hindu Drama (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2008; and Western Tradition and Naturalistic Hindi Theatre (Peter Lang, 2004). She is also the editor of Divinizing in South Asian Traditions (Routledge, 2018, with Tatiana Oranskaia); Imagining ‘Indianness:’ Cultural Identity and Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017; paperback 2019, with Thomas de Bruijn); The Other in South Asian Religions, Literatures and Film: Perspectives on Otherism and Otherness (Routledge, 2014; paperback 2017); and Religion, Literature and Film in South Asia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). Her current research interests deal with Hindu devotional and reform traditions, such as Radhasoami, body in South Asian religions, and Bollywood film.
Professor of Hinduism and South Asian traditions/Professeure titulaire d’hindouisme et des traditions d’Asie du Sud
Institute of Religious Studies/Institut d’études religieuses
Marc Dumas a fait ses études à l’Université Laval (Québec) et son doctorat à l’Université Eberhard-Karls de Tübingen en Allemagne. Il est professeur de théologie depuis 1994 à l’Université de Sherbrooke. Spécialiste de l’œuvre et de la pensée du théologien philosophe germano-américain Paul Tillich, il s’intéresse à la notion d’expérience en théologie et au développement d’une théologie en expérience. Ces dernières années, le champ de la santé est devenu un nouveau contexte de réflexion. Il co-dirige depuis 2010 les Annales internationales de la recherche tillichienne (De Gruyter) et la collection Tillich Research (De Gruyter). Déjà à la fin des années quatre-vingt-dix, il s’était engagé dans l’équipe éditoriale de la revue Sciences Religieuses. Quelques années plus tard, il fut président de la Corporation canadienne des sciences religieuses. Le rayonnement des travaux d’érudition des chercheur-e-s lui importe, de sorte qu’il se réjouit de joindre en juin 2020 l’équipe de direction de la collection Matière à pensée (PUM).
Martha Milagros Acosta Valle is associate professor of Biblical Studies at Niagara University, Niagara Falls, USA.
Originally from Cuba, Acosta Valle studied journalism and linguistics at Havana University. She later completed a Bachelor of Theology at Laval University in Quebec City, as well as a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa. She obtained a master’s degree, a Th.D. and a Ph.D. from St. Paul University (Ottawa) and the University of Ottawa.
Acosta Valle’s doctoral work focused on identity and transformation in the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. In her current research and publications, she explores the ways in which narrative texts attempt to transform the reader. She is also interested in the relationship between textual and oral tradition, as well as Christology in the context of early Christianity.
Paul L. Gareau is Métis and an assistant professor in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta, Canada. His research, publications, and teaching explore the Métis experiences of religion, the legacy of colonial discourses on Indigenous and ethno-cultural minorities, and the multiplicity of experience in rural spaces. Grounded in Métis Studies and Indigenous Studies as well as Religious Studies, Gareau’s work centres on theory and methodology around relationality, gender, Indigenous epistemologies, land and place, and sovereignty/peoplehood.
Publications include: “Mary and the Métis: Religion as a Site for New Insight in Métis Studies,” in New Directions in Contemporary Métis Studies, ed. Chris Andersen, Adam Gaudry, and Jennifer Adese (Vancouver: UBC Press, forthcoming); “Army of Mary: Quebec Nationalism and Catholic Heterodoxy,” in The Mystical Geography of Quebec: Catholic Schisms and New Religious Movements, ed. Susan J. Palmer, Martin Geoffroy, and Paul L. Gareau (Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature, 2020); and “Occupying the Margins of Society: Operationalizing Minority Identity Politics among Youth within the Canadian Catholic New Evangelization,” in The Changing Faces of Catholicism: National Processes and Central, Local, and Institutional Strategies, ed. Solange Lefebvre and Alfonso Pérez-Agote, vol. 9, Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion (Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2018).
French editor, Sciences Religieuses / Studies in Religion
Jean-François Laniel est professeur adjoint à la Faculté de théologie et de sciences religieuses de l’Université Laval depuis janvier 2019. Il a complété un doctorat en sociologie à l’Université du Québec à Montréal en 2018, une maîtrise en sociologie à l’Université d’Ottawa en 2010 et un baccalauréat en sociologie et en science politique à l’Université d’Ottawa en 2007. Sa thèse de doctorat s’est méritée en 2019 le Prix du livre politique de l’Assemblée nationale décerné par la Fondation Jean-Charles-Bonenfant.
Ses recherches portent sur les liens entre la tradition et la modernité; entre la religion, la culture et le politique; entre le christianisme et le nationalisme; entre l’Église et l’État – au Québec, au Canada français et au sein des petites nations. Il cherche à comprendre comment s’instituent les sociétés sur la moyenne et la longue durée, à partir de matrices religieuses et politiques propres, à l’aide d’une approche socio-historique comparée. Ces dernières années, il s’est penché sur les enjeux du catholicisme culturel, de la gestion de la diversité, des modèles de laïcité, du nationalisme transfrontalier et du nationalisme éthique.
Il a effectué un postdoctorat au Department of Sociology de la University of Michigan (Ann Arbor – 2018), un séjour de recherche à l’École Pratique des Hautes Études (Paris – 2014), ainsi que des séjours d’études à la European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano (Italie – 2015) et à la Central European University (Budapest – 2018). Il a notamment publié dans Nations and Nationalism, Social Compass, Sciences religieuses/Religious Studies, Sociologitcheski problemi, Recherches sociographiques, Études d’histoire religieuse et Voix et images.
French book review editor for Sciences religieuses / Studies in Religion
Jean-Jacques Lavoie est professeur au Département de sciences des religions de l’Université du Québec à Montréal. Ses domaines d’expertise sont la Bible, les Judaïsmes, les Christianisme, Religion et mort et les Méthodes et herméneutique en exégèse des textes anciens.
Professor of Biblical Worldview and Exegesis, Northeastern Seminary at Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, NY.
Born and raised in Jamaica, Middleton did his B.Th. at the Jamaica Theological Seminary (Kingston), He holds an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Guelph (Canada) and a Ph.D. in theology from the Free University in Amsterdam (the Netherlands).
He is the author most recently of A New Heaven and a New Earth: Reclaiming Biblical Eschatology (Baker Academic, 2014) and The Liberating Image: The Imago Dei in Genesis 1 (Brazos, 2005). He has coauthored books on worldviews, postmodern culture, and biblical faith and has published articles on creation theology in the Old Testament / Hebrew Bible, the dynamics of human and divine power in biblical narratives (especially in 1 Samuel), and the problem of suffering in the Bible in relation to ecology and evolution. His books have been translated into Korean, French, Indonesian, Spanish, and Portuguese.
He is currently at work on a monograph entitled The Silence of Abraham, the Passion of Job: Explorations in the Theology of Lament (for Baker Academic). This will be followed by another called Portrait of a Disgruntled Prophet: Samuel’s Resistance to God and the Undoing of Saul (for Eerdmans), and a third called Life and Death in the Garden of Eden: A Theological Reading of Genesis 2–3 (for Cascade Books).
Northeastern Seminary at Roberts Wesleyan College
2265 Westside Drive
Rochester, NY 14624-1997
Géraldine Mossière est anthropologue et professeure agrégée à l’Institut d’Études Religieuses (IÉR) de l’Université de Montréal ; en 2019-2020, elle a été titulaire de la chaire EHESS-IMéRA en études transrégionales à Marseille (France). Ses travaux touchent les questions liées aux comportements religieux contemporains et à la diversité religieuse dans les sociétés sécularisées. Elle s’intéresse en particulier aux diverses dimensions des mobilités religieuses (circulations, conversions) ainsi qu’aux subjectivités (non)-croyantes (spiritualité, guérison).
English book review editor for Sciences religieuses / 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).
Lauren Strumos is pursuing her Ph.D. in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa. She received her B.A. in Religious Studies from Bishop’s University (2017) and her M.A. in Religious Studies from Queen’s University (2018).
Lauren’s doctoral research engages theories of environmental and ecological justice to explore cooperative environmental activism among religious, nonreligious, and Indigenous protestors in Canada. She is also interested in environmental ethics and human-nonhuman animal relations, including the place of nonhuman animals in the sociological study of religion. Lauren is the Student Caucus Leader for the Nonreligion in a Complex Future project and an assistant editor for the Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network Blog.
Will Sweet is President of the Canadian Theological Society, and Jules Léger Research Chair in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Director of the Centre for Philosophy, Theology, and Cultural Traditions, and Member of the Advising Faculty in Catholic Studies at St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS. He studied political science at the Université Paris 1-Sorbonne (with Luc Ferry); philosophy at l’Université d’Ottawa and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; and theology at the Centre Sèvres (Faculté de théologie de la Compagnie de Jésus, Paris), l’Université Saint-Paul, and the University of South Africa.
A Past President of the Canadian Philosophical Association, he is also President honoraire / President Emeritus of the Canadian Jacques Maritain Association and of the Istituto Internazionale Jacques Maritain (Rome). He currently serves as Vice President (Research) of the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (RVP), and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie.
Professor Sweet has lectured on 6 continents, and has taught as a Visiting Professor at universities in Asia and Europe, including Renmin University in China, the Catholic University of Lublin (Poland), Soochow University and Fu Jen University in Taiwan, and the Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram (the Pontifical Athenaeum of Philosophy, Theology and Canon Law) in Bangalore, India.
He has published extensively in theology, religious studies, and philosophy, particularly in cross-cultural philosophy of religion, Indian and British idealisms, Asian Christianities, the philosophy of law, bioethics, and human rights. He is editor of the journal Philosophy, Culture, and Traditions and the author and/or editor of some 30 books; among the more recent are Intercultural Dialogue and Human Rights (2011), Responses to the Enlightenment (2012), Migrating Texts and Traditions (2012), Ideas Under Fire (2013), What is Intercultural Philosophy? (2014), Cultural Clash and Religion (2015), and Care of Self and Meaning of Life: Christian and Asian Perspectives (2016). Professor Sweet is also the translator and editor of Jacques Maritain’s posthumously published Lectures on Natural Law.
Mona Tokarek LaFosse is the Assistant Professor of Christian Scriptures and Sacred Texts at Martin Luther University College (formerly Waterloo Lutheran Seminary), which is federated with Wilfrid Laurier University. She completed a PhD in the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto (2011) as well as an MA in Religion and Culture at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her research focuses on age structure, aging and gender, and intergenerational relationships in the ancient Mediterranean and in early Christianity—particularly in 1 Timothy and the Apostolic Fathers—using a social-scientific lens. Her teaching includes topics in the realm of Bible (obviously), exegesis, evil, age, apocalypticism, apocrypha, Koine Greek, and Jesus (of course).
Martin Luther University College, Wilfrid Laurier University
75 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3C5
The Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion (CCSR) is a consortium of Canadian academic societies in the fields of religious studies and theology. It was founded in 1971 for the purpose of publishing a journal and other materials to serve the needs of scholars working in both the French and English languages in Canada in all fields of the academic study of religion.