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.
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).
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.
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.
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”
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”
I am a PhD candidate in a collaborative program with the Department for the Study of Religion and the Department of Environmental Studies at the University of Toronto. I am interested in how Indigenous spirituality informs and is incorporated into social and land based activist movements in North America. In particular my dissertation focuses on the act of walking the land within the Journey of Nishiiyuu, a social movement in which Cree and Inuit youth from Whapmagoostui Quebec travelled 1600 km by foot to Canada’s national capital in the Winter of 2013 to demonstrate strength and solidarity among First Nations.
I consider how Indigenous and non – Indigenous youth engage in and commemorate walking the land as a way to foster healing and build resilience, as well as to negotiate competing demands for resistance and reconciliation in colonial Canada. In addition to my academic interests I have also served as a research consultant for the past five years and have worked for organizations such as, the Cree Board of Health and Social Services and the Aboriginal Financial Officers of Canada.
Peter Jingcheng Xu completed his PhD at the School of English Literature, Bangor University, Wales, UK in 2018. His doctoral research situates the twentieth-century Anglophone-Welsh poet Edward Thomas within the ecological framework of Chinese indigenous philosophy Daoism in pursuit of their unexpected ecological affinities and insights that inform our responses to the deteriorating ecosphere in the “Anthropocene”. Continue reading “Peter Jingcheng Xu”
Lily Zeng is a PhD Candidate at Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and New York Botanical Garden. She works in Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture in southwest China, an area that contains the world’s northernmost tropical rainforest and China’s richest biodiversity, to look at community-based conservation in sacred forests traditionally protected by local indigenous groups. Continue reading “Lily Zeng”