Lucian Turcescu, PhD
Professor, Theological Studies
PhD, Theology, Univ. of St. Michael's College (in the Univ. of Toronto), Canada, 1999
M.A. Equivalent, Faculty of Theology, University of Bucharest, Romania, 1992
Research and teaching expertise
Early Christianity / Patristics, Religion and Politics, Ecumenism, Religion and Human Rights, Orthodox Christianity and Gender
Dr. Lucian Turcescu is Professor, as well as past Chair and past Graduate Program Director of the Department of Theological Studies. In 2004-5 he was the Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at St. Francis Xavier University (Nova Scotia). He has done research, published, and taught in several areas, including religion and politics, early Christianity, and ecumenism. He received numerous prestigious research grants. He authored, co-authored and (co-)edited several books, most of which benefited from the generous financial support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada. He published dozens of peer‐reviewed articles. He is twice Past President of the Canadian Society of Patristic Studies (2004‐2008) and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Ecumenical Studies. He is currently a member of the Theology Committee of the National Council for the Attestation of University Titles, Diplomas and Certificates (CNATDCU) of the Romanian Ministry of Education, and sits on the Board of the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism. He also sat on the Board of the Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion, and served as the Corporation’s combined program director.
He also serves as Expert Witness in court cases of asylum and deportation, especially connected with religious persecution, discrimination, and human rights in Romania. See an article on a case of deportation won in Canada where he was an expert witness: Gabrielle Giroday, “Roma man allowed to stay in Canada, says federal AG: Romania fails in attempt to get man extradited,” Canadian Lawyer (August 13, 2018)
On sabbatical leave in 2018-19.
1. Lavinia Stan and Lucian Turcescu, eds., Churches, Memory and Justice in Post-communism (under contract with Palgrave MacMillan, forthcoming in 2020).
2. Lucian Turcescu and Lavinia Stan, eds., Church Reckoning with Communism in Post-1989 Romania (under contract with Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming in 2020).
3. Lavinia Stan and Lucian Turcescu, eds., Justice, Memory and Redress in Romania: New Insights (Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017) xiii 358 pp.
4. Lucian Turcescu and Barbara Theriault, eds., “From Today’s Observation Post: Collaboration and Resistance under Communism” Eurostudia vol. 10, no. 1(2015) (the journal the Le Centre canadien d’études allemandes et européennes, Université de Montreal) https://www.erudit.org/revue/euro/2015/v10/n1/index.html(open access).
5. Lavinia Stan and Lucian Turcescu, Church, State and Democracy in Expanding Europe (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011) xiii 287 pp.
6. Lavinia Stan and Lucian Turcescu, eds., 1989-2009: Incredibila aventura ademocratiei dupa comunism [The Incredible Adventure of Democracy after Communism] (Iasi: Editura Institutul European, 2010) (in Romanian)(interviews conducted with western specialists on Eastern Europe on the 20thanniversary of the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe in 1989), 394 pp.
7. Lorenzo DiTommaso and Lucian Turcescu, eds., The Reception and Interpretation of the Bible in Late Antiquity: Proceedings of the Montreal Colloquium in Honour of Charles Kannengiesser,11-13 October 2006 (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2008), xxviii 608 pp.
8. Lavinia Stan and Lucian Turcescu, Religion and Politics in Post-communist Romania (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007; also included in the Oxford Scholarship Online), xvi 270 pp.
Romanian translation published as L. Stan and L. Turcescu, Religie si politica in Romania postcomunista (Bucharest: Curtea Veche, 2010), 429 pp.
9. Lucian Turcescu, Gregory of Nyssa and the Concept of Divine Persons (New York: Oxford University Press,2005; also included in Oxford Scholarship Online), xi 171 pp.
10. Lucian Turcescu, ed., Dumitru Staniloae: Tradition and Modernity in Theology (Iasi, Romania: Center for Romanian Studies, 2002), 260 pp. Also available electronically at http://www.scribd.com/doc/35976216/Lucian-Turcescu-editor-Dumitru-Staniloae-Tradition-and-Modernity-in-Theology
Select recent articles
1. L. Turcescu, “Freethought, Atheism and Secularization in Romania” in Tomáš Bubík and Atko Remmel, eds., Freethought, Atheism and Secularization in Eastern European Countries in the 20th Century (E.J. Brill, forthcoming).
2. L. Turcescu, “Fascists, Communists, Bishops, and Spies: Romanian Orthodox Churches in North America” in Paul Mojzes, ed., North American Churches and the Cold War (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2018) 342-360. Prepublication printout available here.
3. L.Turcescu and L. Stan, “Collaboration and Resistance: Some Definitional Difficulties” in L. Stan and L. Turcescu, eds., Justice, Memory and Redress in Romania: New Insights (Cambridge Scholars Publishing,2017), 24-44. Prepublication printout available here.
4. L. Turcescu and L. Stan,“Church Collaboration and Resistance under Communism Revisited: The Case of Patriarch Justinian Marina(1948-1977),” Eurostudia 10, no. 1 (2015) http://www.erudit.org/revue/euro/2015/v10/n1/index.html,75-103 (open access)
5. L. Turcescu and L. Stan, “The Romanian Orthodox Church,” in Eastern Christianity and Politics in the Twenty-First Century, ed. Lucian Leustean (New York: Routledge, 2014), 23-37.
6. L. Turcescu, “Eastern Orthodox Constructions of ‘the West’ in the Post-Communist Political Discourse: The Cases of the Romanian and Russian Orthodox Churches,” in G. Demacopoulos and A.Papanikolaou, eds., Orthodox Constructions of the West (New York: Fordham University Press, 2013) 211-228.
7. L. Stan and L. Turcescu, “The Orthodox Church and the Government” in Ronald King and Paul Sum, eds., Romania under Basescu: Aspirations, Achievements, and Frustrations during His First Presidential Term (Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2011) 203-219. Prepublication printout available here.
8. L. Turcescu, “Sobornicity,” 475-476 and “Staniloae, Dumitru,” 487 in I. McFarland, D. Fergusson, K. Kilby,and I. Torrance, eds., The Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011).
9. L. Turcescu, “‘Person’ versus ‘Individual’, and Other Modern Misreadings of Gregory of Nyssa” Modern Theology 18, no. 4(October 2002): 527-539. This is the article about John Zizioulas' misreadings of the Cappadocian Fathers. Available here.
- "A Woman's Lonely Voice in the Romanian Orthodox Church: Introducing Anca Manolache,” Orthodoxy in Dialogue https://orthodoxyindialogue.com/2018/05/24/a-womans-lonely-voice-in-the-romanian-orthodox-church-introducing-anca-manolache-by-lucian-turcescu, May 24, 2018.
- "Corruption, Civicness and Religion in Romania, (published originally in German in Religion und Gesellschaft in Ost und West https://www.g2w.eu (1/2018).
- "Civicness and Orthodoxy in Romanian Protests," on Public Orthodoxy website, February 21, 2017.
- Interview in Romanian with LaPunkt.ro on "Romania, religia si biserica: inainte si dupa 1989" http://www.lapunkt.ro/2016/04/05/interviu-lucian-turcescu-romania-religia-si-biserica-inainte-si-dupa-1989.
- “A Study of Religion, Oppression and the Secret Police: Concordia Professor Lucian Turcescu Divines Patterns of Collaboration and Resistance in Communist Romania,” Concordia University’s NOW, 3 December 2014.