Tibetan and Chinese religions; Tibetan Bon religion, philosophy, practices and history; Tibetan Tantric Buddhism and popular cults; Tibetan and Chinese Tantric ritual studies; Chinese Daoism and Popular Cults along the Sino-Tibetan frontiers; History of China, Tibet and Central Asia.
Bird, Frederick (Distinguished Professor Emeritus)
After retiring from Concordia University, Dr. Bird is currently a Research Professor at the University of Waterloo and Graduate Officer for the M.A. in Political Science. Dr. Bird's research interests are: International development and business; the practices of global ethics; the political economy of global poverty; comparative ethics; Max Weber. He is currently working on an essay on "Weber and Ethics" and a book examining the development and practices of global ethics (with respect to the environment, business practices, human rights, the uses of armed force, problems of poverty, and the interfaith movement). CV
Despland, Michel (Distinguished Professor Emeritus)
Dr. Despland retired on May 31, 2011 after more than 45 years of teaching. Dr. Despland passed peacefully on July 31, 2018. His commitment, wisdom, and presence will be missed by all. He was a pillar of this Department.
Lightstone, Jack (Distinguished Professor Emeritus)
Dr. Lightstone's current research interests are: The social and historical study of Judaism in the Greco-Roman period and within the context of Greco-Roman society and culture; understanding early rabbinic literature in its social and cultural contexts.
Dr. Michael Oppenheim (Distinguished Professor Emeritus)
Michael Oppenheim retired after more than forty years as a professor in the Department of Religion. He is continuing his research and writing in Jewish Studies, Philosophy of Religion, Psychology of Religion, and Feminism. A forthcoming book, Two Languages of Love: Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Modern Jewish Philosophy, explores the productive convergence of these fields. It inaugurates a dialogue between the Jewish philosophers of encounter - Franz Rosenzweig, Martin Buber, Emmanuael Levinas, and such relational psychoanalysts as Stephen Mitchel, Jessica Benjamin, and Lewis Aron. See CV
Dr. T.S. Rukmani (Distinguished Professor Emeritus)
Dr. T.S. Rukmani retired on June 30, 2012 after serving as Professor and Chair of Hindu Studies in the Department of Religion since 1996. During her time as Chair in Hindu Studies, Dr. Rukmani organized two international conferences: The Mahabharata: Whatever is Not Here is Nowhere Else (2001), and Hindu Diaspora: Global Perspectives(1997) as well as publishing several books and articles and presenting at many international and national conferences. Dr. Rukmani was the recipient of many awards as well. She also invited many distinguished scholars in the area of Hinduism and Indian philosophy who gave lectures at the University and in the department.
Dr. Sheila McDonough (Distinguished Professor Emeritus)
Dr. Sheila McDonough, a longtime member of Concordia’s Department of Religion was the first woman Islamic scholar in Canada, she received an honorary doctorate at the spring 2002 convocation of Queen’s University. As an undergraduate at McGill, Dr. McDonough came under the influence of religion historian Wilfrid Cantwell Smith, and became the first female graduate student at McGill’s Institute of Islamic Studies. She taught for three years at Kinnaird College for Women in Lahore, Pakistan, to gain experience in the Muslim world, and that experience shaped her academic interests and her interest in promoting the understanding of Islam. Dr. McDonough joined the department as Assistant Professor in 1964.
Professor Engler's research interests are in Brazilian religions and in theories and methodology in the study of religion. He is currently Professor in the Department of Humanities at Mount Royal University and Professor Colaborador at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo.
Dr. Nadeau is of mixed European heritage from Quebec. She is currently a visitor in the traditional homelands of the Lekwungen on Vancouver Island. Her current research interests include Indigenous-settler relations, decolonization of the body, and the deconstruction of whiteness and colonialism in Christianity.
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Hillary Kaell is Associate Professor of anthropology and religion at McGill University and a faculty fellow at Concordia University's Centre for Sensory Studies, where she co-directs the Sensing Atmospheres working group (2020-2022). She writes about North American Christianity, often focusing on how Christians make and imagine global connections. She is editor of Everyday Sacred: Religion in Contemporary Quebec (McGill-Queens UP 2017), and author of Walking Where Jesus Walked: American Christians and Holy Land Pilgrimage (New York UP 2014) and, most recently, Christian Globalism at Home: Child Sponsorship in the United States (Princeton UP 2020). She also serves as co-editor of the Contemporary Anthropology of Religion book series at Palgrave Macmillan press.