Loren Lerner has a cross-disciplinary formation in art history (MA, University of Michigan), library science (MLS, McGill University), and communication studies (PhD, Université de Montréal). Professor in the Department of Art History, she teaches an undergraduate course “City of Jerusalem: Ideas and Images” that considers different attachments to Jerusalem from its early beginnings to the present time through archaeology, works of art, and architecture. In association with this course Lerner is editor of the Jerusalem Art History Journal: An Undergraduate eJournal/Histoire de l’art à Jérusalem : cyberrevue étudiante de premier cycle. In May 2017, she was co-organizer with Csaba Nikolenyi of the symposium "Faces of Israel at Expo 67 held at the Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies, Concordia University. A result of this research-related endeavour is Lerner’s essay, "The Canadian Jewish Connection to the Visual Narrative of Nationhood at the Jewish Palestine Pavilion in New York (1939) and the Israel Pavilion and Pavilion of Judaism in Montreal (1967)," Canadian Jewish Studies (Fall 2018).
Csaba Nikolenyi is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies at Concordia University, Montreal. He received his PhD from the University of British Columbia in 2000. He is a former English Co-Editor of the Canadian Journal of Political Science (2006-11) and Chair of the Department of Political Science (2011-14). His research focuses on the comparative study of political parties, electoral systems and legislatures in post-communist democracies as well as on the political systems of Israel and India. Dr. Nikolenyi has published extensively in comparative politics journals and has authored two books: Minority Governments in India: The Puzzle of Elusive Majorities: (Routledge, 2012), and Party Government and Institutional Design in Post-Communist Europe (Oxford University Press, 2014). He was visiting professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2007-8 and 2016-7), the Centre for European Studies at the Australian National University (2012), the Research School of the Social Sciences at the Australian National University (2015-6), Science PO, Grenoble (2015), and the Jindal Center for Israel Studies at the O.P. Jindal Global University (2017). He is currently writing a book on the politics of party switching and the history of “kalanterism” in the Knesset.
Religions and Cultures
Lorenzo DiTommaso is a Professor of Religions & Cultures. He is interested in apocalyptic thinking across cultures and over time, from the biblical books of Daniel and Revelation to mediaeval prophecies and iconography to contemporary politics, new religious movements, and popular culture. Recent publications include "The Apocryphal Daniel Apocalypses," Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses 94 (2018): 275-316, "The Apocalypse of Pseudo-Methodius," Medioevo greco 17 (2017): 311-21, "Natura e necessità della comunicazione tra cielo e a terra nella letteratura apocalittica," Rivista ricerche storico bibliche 29 (2017): 171-92, "Apocalypticism and Popular Culture," in J.J. Collins, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Apocalyptic Literature (OUP, 2014), 473-509, and the 2018 Brill volume, The Embroidered Bible [Festschrift M.E. Stone], ed. with M. Henze and W. Adler. His new book, The Architecture of Apocalypticism, the first volume in a trilogy, is forthcoming from OUP. His current SSHRC research project (2018-23) examines Antichrist figures in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, mediaeval and modern.
Norma Baumel Joseph is a member of the Department of Religion, Director of the Women and Religion specialization, and an Associate of the Concordia Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies. Her teaching and research areas include women and Judaism, Jewish law and ethics, and women and religion.
Norma appeared in and was consultant to the films “Half The Kingdom” and “Untying the Bonds...Jewish Divorce”. While continuing to work on Jewish law and gender, Norma Joseph applies an anthropological approach to the study of food, identity and gender. In 2002, she edited a collection on gender, food and survival in Judaism. Over the years she has held numerous grants supporting this research.
She currently is studying the effects of food and gender on the identity and adaptation of an Iraqi Jewish community living in Montreal. This research is directly linked to collaboration with colleagues in Israel.
Ira Robinson is Professor of Judaic studies in the Department of Religion of Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec. He has taught at Concordia University since 1979 and served as the Chair of the Department of Religion. He also serves as Chair in Canadian Jewish Studies and Director of the Concordia University Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies. Dr. Robinson is the President of the Canadian Society for Jewish Studies, past President of the Association for Canadian Jewish Studies (formerly the Canadian jewish Historical Society) and past President of the Jewish Public Library of Montreal. Dr. Robinson was awarded the Louis Rosenberg Canadian Jewish Studies Distinguished Service Award by the Association of Canadian Jewish Studies in recognition of his lifelong contribution to the study of Canadian Jewry. Dr. Robinson was recently inducted to the Provost's Circle of Distinction.
Sociology and Anthropology
Meir Amor (PhD, Sociology, University of Toronto) is an Associate Professor of Sociology in the Concordia University department of Sociology and Anthropology. Dr. Amor researches and teaches the interdependencies and interconnectedness of status equalization, politics of inclusion and exclusion and violence in a historical and a comparative frame of analysis. He argues that the contradictory tendencies created by citizenship and racialization processes played a crucial role in defining modernity, the modern state, nation and the nation-state. By focusing on the recurrent emergence of violent eruptions, a less conventional approach is suggested in which the dark sides of enlightenment ideas, modernity and democracy are highlighted. Amor’s research is focused on the diverse and divergent paths on the way to modernity of societies such as 15th century Catholic Spain, Ottoman Turkey, United States of America, Third Republic France, Second and Third Reich Germany and Uganda. Middle East history and present realities and especially the Israeli Palestinian conflict are also centers of his interest and research.