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Dr Miranda Crowdus

Assistant Professor, Religions and Cultures

Miranda Crowdus is an assistant professor at the Department of Religions and Cultures at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, where she will also be directing the Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies. Crowdus’ research interests lie at the intersection of ethnomusicology and Jewish Studies. She earned her doctorate at City University London in 2016 that focused on intercultural encounters in grassroots music-making initiatives in South Tel Aviv, Israel. Prior to her move to Canada, she spent five years in Hanover, Germany, as a research associate at the European Centre for Jewish Music under the directorship of Professor Sarah Ross where she conducted research, assisted with programming, curriculum development and community outreach. She is currently working on research on Jewish cultural heritage and cultural sustainability with a particular emphasis on intangible cultural heritage.

Miranda Crowdus est professeure adjointe au Département des religions et des cultures de l'Université Concordia à Montréal, au Canada, où elle dirigera également l'Institut d'études juives canadiennes. Ses intérêts de recherche se situent à l'intersection de l'ethnomusicologie et des études juives. Elle a obtenu son doctorat à la City University de Londres en 2016, axé sur les rencontres interculturelles dans le cadre d'initiatives musicales populaires dans le sud de Tel-Aviv, en Israël. Avant de (re)déménager au Canada, elle a passé cinq ans à Hanovre, en Allemagne, en tant qu'associée de recherche au Centre européen de musique juive sous la direction du professeur Sarah Ross où elle amené des recherches, aidé à la programmation, à l'élaboration de programmes età la sensibilisation communautaire. Elle travaille actuellement sur des recherches sur le patrimoine culturel juif et la durabilité culturelle avec un accent particulier sur le patrimoine culturel immatériel.

Teaching activities



RELI 220 Introduction to Judaism

RELI 6017 Nations in Conversations? Jewish and Indigenous Voices in Canada


Dr. Singh is Assistant Professor of Art and Racial Justice in the Department of Art History, as well as the Faculty for Fine Arts nominee for a Tier II Canada Research Chair. She is an interdisciplinary scholar trained in cultural theory and ethnic studies. Broadly, her work centers the racial, gendered, and sexual politics of embodiment, surveillance, and policing. Using anti-colonial methods of reading and sensing, Singh builds on theories of opacity across two book-length projects. The first, her in-progress manuscript “Militant Bodies: Racial/Religious Opacity and Minoritarian Self-Defense,” takes a materialist feminist approach to explore questions that center post-9/11 racial and religious hyper-policing of Muslim and Sikh bodies. Through a politics of religious dress, hair, and adornment, this project interrogates the related racial, gendered, and queer life of turbaned and hijabi bodies to analyze the twinned expansion of contemporary Islamophobia and surveillance culture. The second book project, “Opacity in Black and Brown: Race, Aesthetics, Anonymity,” will further analyze opacity, anonymity, and autonomy as essential to a radical politics beyond representation for minoritarian peoples. Moreover, she teaches courses in Asian and Arab diasporic cultural studies; race, affect, and aesthetics; visual culture and surveillance studies; and the politics of fashion and the body.

Currently, she serves as Reviews Editor for the College Art Association’s 
Art Journal. Singh has been published in journals including Sikh FormationsCritical Ethnic StudiesQEDSurveillance and SocietyRhizomes, and the Journal of Asian American Studies. She received her PhD from the University of Washington, held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign and the University of Texas at Austin, and served as an assistant professor at Virginia Tech prior to her arrival in Montréal. 

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