James Miller is Head of Research for SNC-LAB and Director of Queen’s School of Religion. He has over 25 years experience as a China scholar, and is Professor of Chinese Studies in the School of Religion at Queen’s University, Canada, cross-appointed to the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures He is one of the West’s leading scholars working at the intersection of Chinese religions, nature and sustainability. Continue reading “James Miller”
Daniel is a PhD Candidate in the Cultural Studies Graduate Program at Queen’s University. His research interests are related to religio-cultural beliefs / practices and environmental management. Daniel’s current PhD work will explore traditional religio-cultural beliefs and practices and environmental crisis in Ghana. Continue reading “Daniel Asante Boamah”
I am an MA student in the Cultural Studies Graduate Program at Queen’s University. I am interested in exploring the intersection between religious studies, history, material culture theory, affect theory and apposite methodologies. Continue reading “Emma Bass”
Parish Bhumgara is an MA student at Queen’s University in the Philosophy program, with a specialization in political and legal thought. He completed his undergraduate studies at Queen’s with a Philosophy major and Religious Studies minor.
Ian Cuthbertson is Head of Operations for SNC-LAB. He is a Baker Postdoctoral Fellow at Queen’s University working on critical approaches to the category ‘religion’ and in the ways dominant popular and academic discourses work to set limits on which kind of phenomena count as religion while supporting social and political efforts to manage and control both the expression of religious beliefs and also the presence of religious behaviours and objects in the public sphere. His PhD dissertation explored how dominant views of secularization, disenchantment, and modernity, which constitute a ‘modern imaginary,’ work to discipline academic and popular accounts of the place of religion in modern world such that magic, superstition, and other supra-rational beliefs and concerns are rendered largely invisible. Continue reading “Ian Cuthbertson”
Jayme Grieco-Hogg is Head of Outreach for SNC-LAB. She is pursuing her MA in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. She completed her undergraduate degree at Queen’s with a Religious Studies major and a Psychology minor. For her Masters, Jayme is focusing on environmentalism as a cultural movement. Specifically, she is researching how certain subcultures in South East Asia incorporate sustainability into their lifestyles.
Jason James Kelly is Head of Education for SNC-LAB. Dr. Kelly is Chair of Graduate Studies at Queen’s School of Religion, where he teaches courses on Religion and Environment, Indigenous Traditions in North America, Mysticism, and Social Ethics. Dr. Kelly’s research interests include spiritual ecology, the psychology of religion, continental philosophy and Indigenous philosophy. He has published work on erotic mysticism, the Spiritual But Not Religious (SBNR) movement and process philosophy. His current research project focuses on the history of cosmic consciousness in relation to spiritual ecology and social justice.
Why is religion still relevant for new African immigrants in a supposedly secularizing Canada? How and why do the majority of African immigrants in Canada tend to establish their own religious communities rather than identify with Canadian led ones? What opportunities and challenges are presented by such immigrant religious communities to social policy makers on matters of human development and the environment? Continue reading “James Kwateng-Yeboah”
Angus McBlane is currently Visiting Assistant Professor (Philosophy and Cultural Theory) in the Humanities and Social Sciences and member of the Centre for Cognitive Science at the Indian Institute of Technology – Gandhinagar (Gujarat, India). He is also Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Cultural Studies programme at Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario, Canada). He received his PhD from the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory at Cardiff University (Wales, UK). Specializing in Posthumanism, Phenomenology, Comparative/World Philosophy, and Visual Cultures, his current research focuses on the development of Posthumanist Philosophy. His most recent publication is ‘Expressing Corporeal Silence: Phenomenology, Merleau-Ponty, and Posthumanism’ in a special issue on proto-posthumanisms in Word and Text (Vol VI, 2016), and his work has appeared in Directory of World Cinema: Japan, Directory of World Cinema: South Korea, and Anime and Philosophy. He is also a reviewer for the newly-launched Journal of Science Fiction and Philosophy (http://www.jsfphil.org).
There are many research questions that call for a consilience between disciplines, which is why I find it exciting to be cross-appointed between the Department of Public Health Sciences and the School of Religion. As a postdoctoral fellow at Queen’s University, my research draws together diverse topics under the wide rubrics of children’s spiritual health. I explore the lived experiences of children, and ask questions about young people find ways to live well, and even to flourish, in a complicated world. Continue reading “Valerie Michaelson”
I’m an Assistant Professor in the School of Religion at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. My research and teaching focuses on the contemporary religious situation. My major line of work is about boredom and spirituality. At the moment, I’m writing a book which investigates how the modern concept of boredom as a spiritual crisis functions today, in the late modern “information society.” Other research areas include new religious movements, ritual, religion and/as media, and concepts of nonreligion and secularity. The scholarship of teaching and learning in religious studies is also of great interest to me. I am an Assistant Editor for the Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network. I also serve as a Member-at-Large on the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion executive.
Joshua Noiseux is a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. He completed his MA at Trent’s Theory, Culture, and Politics program, with a thesis on the American and Israeli militaries’ engagement with Deleuzean philosophy and its implications for the practice of strategic agency. Continue reading “Joshua Noiseux”
Monica is a Queen’s University student finishing her Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Development and Art History. She is interested in the intersecting concepts of social justice and the art world. Monica is particularly focused on the effects of neo-colonialism on First Nations and Inuit artist’s voices which are primarily under represented in museums and galleries, past and presently.
She wishes to study the strategy, sustainability, and management of the Inuit Art Economy and its on-going place in an evolving global austerity; which has experienced major domestic and international restructuring in recent years. Monica recognizes that there is a critically underserved artistic population, and she hopes her research can be a stepping-stone towards equality and equity.
Currently living in Santa Cruz, California but soon to be based in Montréal, Quebec, she is looking to complete her honours thesis this Spring of 2018. Monica is planning on pursuing further education in the history of Inuit Art and its contemporary economy, as well as the crucial changes needed in order to one day reconcile.
Rohit Revi is a PhD Candidate in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. He completed his MA in Society and Culture at Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, India.
His Masters dissertation described the technology-driven deterioration of the condition of labour under neoliberal capitalism, and focused on a contradiction inherent to the contemporary technosolutionist drive.
He is currently interested in contemporary critical theory, environmental politics and philosophy of technology.
My name is Golam Rabbani, and I am a PhD student in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. I also taught cultural studies theory and literature and worked as a researcher in universities for more than seven years in Bangladesh. I have a variety of research interests including Baul literature and music, ethnomusicology, mysticism and erotic mysticism, cognitive approaches to literature, ecocriticism and ecomusicology, postcolonial theory and literature, American literature, literary and cultural theory, and popular culture. Continue reading “Golam Rabbani”
Matt Sandell is Head of Undergraduate Research for SNC-LAB. He is an undergraduate student at Queen’s University pursuing a BAH in Global Development Studies. His research interests are extremely broad, including anarchist theory, critical theory, psychoanalytic theory, spirituality and religion, anti-colonialism, issues of socio-ecological justice, cultural semiotics, and especially any point at which these topics intersect.
I am Project Manager for the Religion and Diversity Project, (SSHRC funded initiative, University of Ottawa, led by Lori Beaman), and have taught in Religious Studies and Sexuality Studies at the University of Ottawa, Carleton University and Queen’s University. Continue reading “Heather Shipley”
Colin Simonds is an MA student at Queen’s University in the Cultural Studies Graduate Program. His undergraduate work at Queen’s University took place in Religious Studies and Global Development Studies. For his graduate work, he seeks to bring together these two disciplines and look at the intersection of contemporary spirituality and environmental ethics. Continue reading “Colin Simonds”
I am currently a PhD student in the Cultural Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Program at Queen’s University, having recently completed my MA thesis fieldwork in the Malabar region at the University of Calicut in Kerala, India. My research is centered upon the visible and invisible impacts of gender differentiating ideology for Malayalam women in Kerala. Continue reading “Victoria Sicilia”
I am a PhD candidate in the Process Studies graduate program at Claremont School of Theology. My work investigates the material and socio-cultural dynamics of transitioning to an Ecological Civilization by integrating cultural theory and social science disciplines within a broad understanding of political economy and religion. Continue reading “Zack Walsh”