Concordia University

https://www.concordia.ca/content/concordia/en/artsci/loyola-college-diversity-sustainability/faculty.html

Dr. Matthew Robert Anderson, PhD

Affiliate Professor, Theological Studies
Affiliate Professor, Loyola International College

Office: S-D 303-1 
D Annex,
2140 Bishop
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2874
Email: matthew.anderson@concordia.ca
Website(s): Something Grand

Research interests

Pilgrimage, Mobility, New Testament: the Pauline letters, History of Christianity, the Bible and Western Culture, Theology and Film, First Peoples and Settler/Newcomer Theology, Cultural Studies, Masculinity Studies

B.A. (University of Saskatchewan; Political Science, with Distinction), Master of Divinity (Lutheran Theological Seminary), Ph.D. (McGill, Faculty of Religious Studies, thesis topic: 'Before the Fact: How Paul's Rhetoric Made History')

Other interests

History, writing fiction (I've published a number of short stories and am a member of the Quebec Writers' Federation) documentary film-making (2012 Something Grand; 2014 Under the North Star, trailers at www.somethinggrand.ca)

Poster for one of my documentary showings - Something Grand
Photo credit: M. Anderson
Poster for one of my Gospels and Beatles presentations
Photo credit: M. Anderson

Publications

Articles in refereed journals

2018                “Walking to be Some Body: desireand diaspora on the St-Olaf Way,” in InternationalJournal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage (invited and submitted)

 

2018                “Luther’s Failed Pilgrimage andthe Body of Christendom,” in InternationalJournal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage (invited and submitted)

 

2018                “Post-Reformation ChristianPilgrimage and the Globalization of Sentiment,” in Theoforum 48/1, 2018

 

2017                “The Tough Wedge: ReformationNow and Onward,” in Consensus 38:2, 5

 

2015                “The Curious Voyage of Christ: katábasis, anábasis, and the New Testament,” in Les Études Classiques. 83:1

 

2014                "De Vieux-Montréal  à Kahnawa:ké : the story of an urbanpilgrimage between settler and aboriginal cultures," in Urban Pilgrimage, Room One Thousand, University ofCalifornia (Berkeley). Co-authored: S. Terreault

 

2006                “Adaptation:The Self-Proclaiming Rhetoric of Charlie Kaufman and of                                 Paul” in Journal of Religion and Popular Culture. Vol XIII.

 

2004                “In a MirrorVery Darkly: Pauline Argument and the Problem of History,” in the Lexington Theological Quarterly. VolXXXIX, No.4: 225-242

Chapters in books


2014              "The First Cut is the Deepest: First Century Attitudes towards Masculinity and Circumcision," in Biblical Masculinities Foregrounded, eds. Peter-Ben Smit and Oviudu Creanga. Sheffield-Phoenix Press, co-written with K.B. Neutel, University of Oslo Norway

Articles in media or non-refereed journals


HeritageSaskatchewan video for Canada 150: https://somethinggrand.ca/2017/10/19/walking-the-land-a-canada-150-post/

http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/831195203503

http://ici.radio-canada.ca/emissions/pour_faire_un_monde/2014-2015/chronique.asp?idChronique=380260

http://www.lehtiluukku.fi/lue/lappilainen-25.02.2015/70979.html

http://www.rovaniemenseurakunta.fi/viestinta/seurakuntaradio_rovadei/kuuntele_haastatteluita/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLUdJZC72GU&feature=youtu.be&t=2m45s

https://somethinggrand.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/prairie-post-aug-28-2015.pdf

2014, June  "From Old Montreal to Kahnawake: A Pilgrimage to End Ignorance," in Concordia Now.

2014 May "Following the Saints, Footfall by Footfall" in The Montreal Review.

Academic reviews

2010 - Review of "The Faith of Jesus Christ: Exegetical, Biblical and Theological Studies ," Michael F. Bird and Preston Sprinkle, eds. Peabody MA: Hendrickson Paternoster, 2009. At the request of, and for, The Toronto Journal of Theology
2007 - Review of "The Bible after Babel: Historical Criticism in a Postmodern Age," by John Collins. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005. At the request of The Journal of Hebrew Studies, Vol XLVIII: 343-345.
2004 - Apocalypse Recalled: The Book of Revelation after Christendom, by Harry O. Maier. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2002, in Consensus. Vol 29, No 2: 162-164.

Dictionary and Encyclopedia Entries

2012  “Thorn in the Flesh,” (solicited article) for Dictionary of the Bible and Western Culture. Eds. Michael Gilmour and Mary Ann Beavis. Sheffield-Phoenix Press

2012  “The Garden of Eden,” (solicited article; also used as template for call for submissions) for Dictionary of the Bible and Western Culture. Eds. Michael Gilmour and Mary Ann Beavis. Sheffield-Phoenix Press


Recent Academic Papers

Keynote and Invited Presentations

2017                Our Work, Our Walk. Invited keynote atthe “Sustainability Across Disciplines Conference,” Concordia University, JohnMolson School of Business. March 17, 2017.

 

2017                Mapping with our Feet: Pilgrimage andPedagogy in Montreal and Mohawk Spaces. Invited presentation at ConcordiaUniversity Dept. of Applied Human Sciences, to faculty and grad students. Jan12, 2017.

 

2016                Land and Meaning-Making: the EnvironmentalSeminar Series. Presenting with Orenda Boucher-Curotte, Coordinator ofFirst Peoples’ Studies, Dawson College, Montreal. Invited speaker.

 

2016                Pilgrimage, A Retreat of our Own,Canmore Alberta Canada, September. Keynote speaker.

 

2015                Sola Scriptura, Presbyterian College ofMontreal, in association with McGill University, Montreal (invited panel)

 

2013                The Heroic Journey, 2013 Symposium on PilgrimageStudies. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg VA, USA (keynote address)

Presentations


2017                Masculinity in the New Testament: a changing ideal. At Universityof Nottingham, UK, Dept. of Theology and Religious Studies.

 

2017                Imagining Iceland: Pilgrimage. Invited panelist at the “ImaginingIceland: From Concordia to the North,” Concordia University, Visual ArtsBuilding. Sept 20, 2017.

 

2017                Our Work, Our Walk. Invited keynote at the “Sustainability AcrossDisciplines Conference,” Concordia University, John Molson School of Business.March 17, 2017.

 

2017                Mapping with our Feet: Pilgrimage and Pedagogy in Montreal and MohawkSpaces. Invited presentation at Concordia University Dept. of Applied HumanSciences, to faculty and grad students. Jan 12, 2017.

 

2016                Land and Meaning-Making: the Environmental Seminar Series. Presentingwith Orenda Boucher-Curotte, Coordinator of First Peoples’ Studies, DawsonCollege, Montreal. Invited speaker.


2016                Indigeneity, Journey, and Historical Recollection on the Northern Great Plains, American Academy of Religion,Annual Meeting, San Antonio TX

 

2016                Mapping with our Feet: Pilgrimage as Pedagogy in Mohawk and Montreal Spaces, American Academy of Religion, Annual Meeting, San Antonio TX

 

2016                Horror and the Hidden: Luther, Paul, and Tracy on the hiddenness of God, paper at the Hiddenness of God conference, King’s College, Western University, London ON

 

2014                The Pilgrimage that Ended Pilgrimages, Reformation effects on European pilgrimage, at 2014 Symposium, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg VA

 

2014                The Curious Journey of Christ: Katabasis in 1 Peter,  at the                          interuniversity Katabasis colloquium, Concordia

 


Media Appearances

media appearances


2016   Interview on CBC Radio One, with playlist of music, about pilgrimage, Indigenous rights, and my research and work. Host Nantali Ndongo.

                                     http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/831195203503

        

2015 (July/Aug)         Interview (in French) and an accompanying web essay, with Radio-Canada, about my pilgrimage on the North West Mounted Police Trail, inSK, July and August 2015 http://ici.radio-canada.ca/emissions/pour_faire_un_monde/2014-2015/chronique.asp?idChronique=380260


South-West TV news did a short mini-documentary onme and on the walk. It can be found here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLUdJZC72GU&feature=youtu.be&t=2m45s

 

July 20, 2015, radio interview with CKOM Saskatoon’s John Gormley about my pilgrimage along the 310 km North West Mounted Police Patrol Trail. Live on the phone from our abandoned farm house where we were eating lunch and taking refuge from the heat and the sun:http://ckom.com/audio/dr-matthew-andersond-21-day-310-km-trek-across-southwest-saskatchewan-and-join-show/569417

 

July 20, 2015              Article in the Gull Lake Advance: https://somethinggrand.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/gull-lake-advance-july-20-2015.pdf

July 10 and Aug 28, 2015. Articles inthe Prairie Post: https://somethinggrand.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/prairie-post-aug-28-2015.pdf

2014 (Sept)     "Journeys of Faith". An interview with the Catholic Times

2014 (June 18)  "From Old Montreal to Kahnawake: A Pilgrimage to End Ignorance," in Concordia Now  http://www.concordia.ca/cunews/main/stories/2014/06/18/from-old-montrealtokahnawakea34kmpilgrimagetocombatignorance.html

2014 (June 15) CBC Radio One (Quebec) interview on "All in a Weekend" about     Concordia student pilgrimage to Kahnawake Mohawk Territory.                   

2014 (June)  The Eastern Door (Kahnawake Mohawk newspaper): "Montreal to  Kahnawake Pilgrimage" by Cecilia Macarthur

2014 (June)  "Walking Towards the Light", excerpt from my The Montreal  Review article, featured on "The Dish" blog, with over 110,000 followers http://dish.andrewsullivan.com/2014/06/15/walking-towards-the-light/

April 20,2014  CBC Radio One (national) radio interview on pilgrimage and the new spirituality

Jan 25, 2014  CBC Radio One (Quebec) interview on "All in a Weekend" about  Conference on Aboriginal Spirituality

April 2014 Montreal Gazette and cross-Canada Postmedia chain newspapers (ie Victoria BC, Saskatoon, Ottawa etc) interview in feature piece about pilgrimage and spiritual transformation



Public Talks

Recent Public Talks


2016    Indigeneity,Journey, and Historical Recollection on the Northern Great Plains, AmericanAcademy of Religion, Annual Meeting, San Antonio TX

 

2016    Mappingwith our Feet: Pilgrimage as Pedagogy in Mohawk and Montreal Spaces, AmericanAcademy of Religion, Annual Meeting, San Antonio TX

 

2016    Horrorand the Hidden: Luther, Paul, and Tracy on the hiddenness of God, paper at theHiddenness of God conference, King’s College, Western University, London ON


Oct, 2014  He's Our Man: Why Leonard Cohen is Secretly Saint Paul, at St.  Veronica's Parish, Dorval, QC

 

Oct, 2014   Luther and his Cities - a look at the Reformation. St-Lambert QC

 

2008-2014 Vancouver, Toronto, Kitchener, Montreal: The Gospels and the Beatles.  An exploration of the "Fab Four" in music, culture and critical theory

 


Keynote and Invited Talks

2017    OurWork, Our Walk. Invited keynote at the “Sustainability Across DisciplinesConference,” Concordia University, John Molson School of Business. March 17,2017.

 

2017    Mappingwith our Feet: Pilgrimage and Pedagogy in Montreal and Mohawk Spaces. Invitedpresentation at Concordia University Dept. of Applied Human Sciences, tofaculty and grad students. Jan 12, 2017.

 

2016    Landand Meaning-Making: the Environmental Seminar Series. Presenting with OrendaBoucher-Curotte, Coordinator of First Peoples’ Studies, Dawson College,Montreal. Invited speaker.

 

2016    Pilgrimage,A Retreat of our Own, Canmore Alberta Canada, September. Keynote speaker.

 

2015    SolaScriptura, Presbyterian College of Montreal, in association with McGillUniversity, Montreal (invited panel)

 

2013    TheHeroic Journey, 2013 Symposium on Pilgrimage Studies. College of William andMary, Williamsburg VA, USA (keynote address)

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