Program for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the EIRAAR

Eastern International Region of the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting 2017

Diversity and Equality: Texts, Traditions, and Trends

April 28-29, 2017 University of Waterloo

 

Registration and conference sessions are all held in the same building at Renison University College (REN). For an interactive online map of University of Waterloo campus visit: uwaterloo.ca/map. Maps will also be available at the Registration Table.

 

DAY 1: FRIDAY APRIL 28, 2017

 

12:00pm-1:00pm

 

Registration

REN – Main reception area

 

 

1:00pm-2:30pm

Concurrent Panel Session 1

 

Panel A

REN 2920

 

Religion and National Identity

Chair: Zabeen Khamisa, University of Waterloo

 

Trump, Truth, and Textualism, in Appalachia: Biblical Literalism and American Conservatism - Shawn McAvoy, Arizona State University

 

Melting Pot, Salad Bowl, and Toy Box: The Mixed Metaphors of American Religious Pluralism  - Michael E. Chaness, Nazareth College

 

Uniform Diversity: Turbans, Press, and Mounties – Laura Morlock, University of Waterloo

 

Religion and Sports: A Marriage Not Made in Heaven - Rose M. Tekel, St.Francis Xavier University

 

Panel B

REN 2922

Building Inclusive and Exclusive Communities

Chair: Peter Frick, University of Waterloo

 

The Formation of a Modern Buddhist Sect: Master Cheng Yen’s Establishment of Tzu Chi Dharma Path from Contemporary Taiwan - Kai-wen Cheng, National Chengchi University

 

The Influence of Diversity in Interreligious Dialogue and Identity Formation - Joyce Konigsburg, Duquesne University

 

Peacebuilding Through Inclusive Identity and Boundary Foundation - Hyung Jin Kim Sun, University of Toronto

 

What does Equality have to do with Compassion? – Julia Stenzel, McGill University

 

Panel C

REN 2924

Eastern Christian Writings and Early Encounters with Islam

Chair: Jason Sparkes, Wilfrid Laurier University

An Aesthetic of Reception and the Middle English Metrical Apocalypse of Pseudo-Methodius - Zack Candy, University of Ottawa

 

Syriac Apocalyptic Writing and the Questioning of Theodicy - Meghan Bowen, Saint Paul University

 

On This Rock I Will Build My Church: An Examination of the Foundations of Faith in Dialogue - Louise St. Germain, Saint Paul University

 

Panel D

REN 2926

Religion, Comics, and Books

Chair: Zach Munro, University of Waterloo

 

Bart Ehrman Wept: Chester Brown’s Rewritten Bible Spell - Aaron Ricker, McGill University

 

Performing Religion in Comics: An Alternative Methodological Approach - Nathan Gibbard, Ryerson Catholic Campus Ministry

 

Yes/ Yes, But Not You: Meril, Sandover, American Scripture, and The Failure of Autonomous Authorship - Anthony Easton, Independent Scholar

 

Panel E

REN 2928

Indo-Buddhist Traditions

Chair: Christopher Emory-Moore, University of Waterloo

 

A New Role for the Bhikṣuvarṣāgrapṛcchā: A Training Manual for Junior Monks - Gerjan Altenburg, McMaster University

 

On the Canonicity of the Scriptures of the 18 Indian Buddhist Schools: The Works of Śākyaprabha in Bu sTon’s History of Buddhism – Christopher Emms, McMaster



2:30pm-2:45pm

Break

Refreshments available in the Foyer

 

 

2:45pm-4:15pm

Concurrent Panel Session 2

Panel B

REN 2922

Religion, Law, and Education

Chair: Laura Morlock, University of Waterloo

 

The Cases in Favour of TWU’s Law School and The Poverty of Classical Liberal Virtues - Connor James Steele, University of Ottawa

 

The Precarious Education: The History of Jewish Day Schools in Montreal – Anne Read, University of Waterloo



Panel C

REN 2924

Religion and Hierarchy

 Chair:  Verna M. Ehret, Mercyhurst University

 

A Basilisk in Paradise: Contesting the Gender Hierarchy - Cecile Wilson, Carleton University

 

Toppling the Divine Hierarchy: How Trinitarian Thinking Shapes Our Communities - Martha Elias Downey, Concordia University

 

Panel D

REN 2926

Theologies of Inclusion

Chair: Peter Frick, University of Waterloo

 

The Art of Tolerance: Insights from Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Emmanual Levinas – Peter Frick, University of Waterloo

 

Toppling the Divine Hierarchy: How Trinitarian Thinking Shapes Our Communities - Martha Elias Downey, Concordia University

 

Caring and Covenant: Christians With Disabilities as “Catholic Personalities” - Michael Alexander Walker, University of Toronto

 

Transcendence Machines: Examining the Religious Consequences of SoundSelf - Jordan Brady Loewen, Syracuse University

 

 

4:15pm-5:45pm

Special Graduate Student Workshop

REN 2920

“Landing a Non-Academic Job”

 

 

6:00pm-8:30pm

Dinner St. Jerome’s University

6:30pm-7:00pm

Business Meeting, Announcements, Awarding of Student Essay Prizes

7:00pm-8:00pm

Keynote Speaker: Lori Beaman, University of Ottawa

A New Diversity? Cooperation and Conflict Between the ‘Religious’ and ‘Nonreligious’

 

DAY 2: SATURDAY APRIL 29, 2017

 

7:30am-9:00am

 

Registration and Breakfast

Registration: REN – Main reception area

Breakfast: Main Dining Hall

 

9:00am – 10:30 am

Concurrent Panel Session 1

 

Panel A

REN 2920

 

Islam and History

Chair: Jason Sparkes, Wilfrid Laurier University

 

The Unorthodox Orthodoxy of Shah Jahan - Michael D. Calabria, St. Bonaventure University

 

Personal Sacred Space and Sacred Time in the Public Space: Awakening Awareness and God Consciousness Through Sakina - Yunus Kumek, SUNY Buffalo State

 

Panel B

REN 2922

Religion, Food, and Healing

Chair: Rachel Brown, University of Victoria

 

The Religious Other in Muslim Dietary Laws: Ibn Rushd’s Ethical and Legal Logic of Pluralism - Mourad Laabdi, University of Toronto

 

Seeking Sinless Eating: Rewriting Sin as Food Choice - Kathleen M. Self, St. Lawrence University

 

Living Rooms: Latter-day Saints, Domestic Space, and Rituals of Healing, 1887-1947 – Brooke Brassard, University of Waterloo

 

Panel C

REN 2924

Religion, Film, TV, and A Cultural Hero

Chair: Carmen Celestini, University of Waterloo

 

Image-Mixing: Film Aesthetics and Interreligious Encounter - Brett David Potter, Queen’s University

 

Marginal Religions in the Town of South Park - Chris Miller, University of Waterloo

 

“A Cultural Hero?”: What Ian Fleming’s James Bond Series Reveals about Twentieth-Century Religion, Culture, and Diversity - Robert Revington, McMaster University

 

 

Panel D

REN 2926

Religion, Morality, and Diversity

Chair: Aaron Ricker, McGill University

 

A Diversity of Conscience According to Power or Vulnerability - Ann Sirek, University of Toronto

 

Ham Seok-Heons’s Anthropology of Cosmopolitanism - Song-Chong Lee, The University of Findlay

 

10:30am-10:45am

Break

Refreshments available

 

 

10:45am-12:15am

Concurrent Panel Session 2

 

Panel A

REN 2920

 

Humans and Non-Human Animals in the Bible

Chair: Cynthia Hogan, Ithaca College

 

The Bible and Christian Tradition on Animals - Kristopher Hiuser

 

From Eden to the Ark: Seeing God Through Animal Eyes - Nancy Menning, Ithaca College

 

 

Panel B

REN 2922

Indigenous Religion and the Canadian State

Chair:  Erich Fox Tree, Wilfrid Laurier University


Restraint and Resurgence: Accompanying Social Reconciliation in Canada - Gordon Rixon, University of Toronto (Regis College)

 

Postsecularity and Nonviolent Epistemology - Maxwell Stephen Kennel, McMaster University

 

Panel C

REN 2924

Music and Religion

Chair:  Pamela Andrews, Wilfrid Laurier University


Abraham Pandither’s Karunamritha Sagaram (1917): The Twentieth-Century Genealogy  of Karnatik Music as Tamil, Scientific, and Christian - Praveen Vijayakumar,  Concordia University

 

Word, Sound, and Power: The Religious Imagination of Rastafari - Christopher J. Duncanson-Hales, University of Sudbury at Laurentian University

 

 

Panel D

REN 2926

Buddhism in North America  

Chair: Mavis Fenn, University of Waterloo


Once the Buddha was an Aryan: Race Sciences and the Introduction of Buddhism to North America - Ryan Anningson, Wilfrid Laurier University

 

Examining Buddhism in Unitarian-Universalist Hymns – Jeff Wilson, University of Waterloo

 

Lineage and Adaptation in a Transnational Vajrayana Sangha – Christopher Emory-Moore, University of Waterloo

 

Panel E

REN 2928

Gender and Sexual Diversity Part 1: Film and Discussion

Chair: Richard W. McCarty, Mercyhurst University

 

Teesri Dhun (Third Tune) and the Politics of Knowledge Mobilization Among Transgender Communities in Pakistan - Shahnaz Khan, Wilfrid Laurier University

 

12:30pm-2:15pm

Lunch  REN Dining Hall

1:00pm-2:00pm

Keynote Speaker: Peter Beyer, University of Ottawa

Religious and Nonreligious Diversity: How will they be equal and how equal will they be?

 

2:15pm-3:45pm

REN 2106

Roundtable

The Role of Religious Studies in the Age of Trump

Moderator: Erich Fox Tree, Wilfrid Laurier University

Jeff Wilson, University of Waterloo

Pamela Andrews, Wilfrid Laurier University

Carmen Celestini, University of Waterloo

Amarnath Amarasingam, Institute for Strategic Dialogue

 

3:45pm-4:00pm

Break

Refreshments available

 

 

4:00pm-5:15pm

Concurrent Panel Session 3

 

Panel A

REN 2920

 

Religion and Engagement

Chair: Zabeen Khamisa, University of Waterloo

 

Re-Negotiating Equality to Engage Diversity: Examining the Hermeneutics of Social Engagement in Two Contemporary Advaita Movements - Reid B. Locklin, University of Toronto (St. Michael’s College)

 

“Not in Believing, But in Being and Becoming:” Spirituality and Embodied Practice at Greenacre-on-the Piscataquash - Seren Gates Amador, Syracuse University

 

Ritual Matters: Changing Ontologies, Values, and Ecological Conscience Formation - Barbara Jane Davy and Stephen Quilley, University of Waterloo

 

Panel B

REN 2922

Gender and Sexual Diversity Part 2

Chair: Cynthia Hogan, Ithaca College


Essentialist and Queer Reading of Gender and Sexual Diversities In Religious Discourses: Competing Strategies for Liberation - Richard W. McCarty, Mercyhurst University

 

Citizenship in Transition: Tongzhi Identity in Hong Kong - Desmond A. D. O'Doherty,

York University

 

Religious Liberty and Marriage: Equality for Heterosexual Women and Men Only? - Robert Smith, University of Montreal

 

Panel C

REN 2924

Inclusion and Exclusion

Chair: Laura Morlock, University of Waterloo

 

Family, Church, Nation, Humanity: Social Identity and Inclusion in the Christian Doctrine of Resurrection - Steven Edward Harris, University of Durham

 

Imposing Identity: Characterization of Slaves in Canonical and Apocryphal Narratives During Late Antiquity - Joseph E. Brito, Concordia University

 

Hybrid and Hyphenated Identities: Examining the Role of Religion in the Identity Construction of Young Muslims in Toronto - Sana Patel, Carleton University

 

 Muslim Refugees and Christian Charities: A Case Study of Refugee Resettlement in Rome, Italy - Shannon Boley, Hamilton College

 

Panel D

REN 2926

Struggles in the Christian Church

Chair:


Is the Crisis of Church Decline a Crisis of Whiteness?: Managing Diversity and the Revitalization of Canadian Presbyterian Worship  - Lisa M. Davidson, University of Toronto

 

Inclusion That Squashes Diversity: Liturgical Revision in the Anglican Church of Canada - Cole William Hartin, University of Toronto (Wycliffe College)

 

Awakenings: The Black Experience in the Episcopal Church - Gabrie’l J. Atchison, Trinity Episcopal Church

 

The Doctrine of Justification in Lutheran-Catholic Ecumenism: Reflecting on 500 years of Reformation and Repair - Joseph Morgan-Smith, Duquesne University

 

 

5:30pm-6:00pm

Presentation of The Saint John’s Bible

Cristina Vanin, University of Waterloo

St. Jerome’s University is hosting A Year with the Saint John’s Bible: the first illuminated, handwritten Bible of monumental size to be commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in more than 500 years.

 

6:00pm-8:00pm

Closing Reception

Renison Dining Hall

 

 

 

 

Subpages (1): Paper Abstracts 2017