Teaching

I teach both undergraduate and graduate students in larger classes and in smaller settings.  In Winter 2016, I will teach a new graduate course, “Law & Religion: Critical Conversations”, together with my colleague Benjamin Berger, from the Osgoode Hall Law School. As the Distinguished Visiting Professor of the Anthropology of Modern Religion at the University of Tübingen, in June 2016 I taught a class entitled “Everyday Multiculturalism: A Canadian Perspective” with students from Tübingen and Toronto,

In 2015-2016 I also taught RLG399Y in the Research Opportunities Program. In June 2015 and July 2016, I travelled with students to the Rainy River First Nations, to consult with the community on our website Story Nations, which is aStory Nations at rapids digital storytelling portal based on the diary of an Anglican missionary who visited the Ojibwe of the Rainy River in 1898.

Last year, I taught one of my favourite classes, “Museums and Material Religion”, RLG307F. Four of the course meetings were held at the Royal Ontario Museum, in conjunction with a similar class at UTM taught by my colleague Prof. Ajay Rao. In Winter 2015, I taught two classes: “Mediascapes: Text, Land, & Stories” (BKS2000) which was a Ph.D. course in the Book History and Print Culture Collaborative Program, and Religion in the Public Sphere Service Learning, which was an upper-level undergraduate course for students interested in a mix of theoretical and practical learning.

In April 2013, together with my colleague Amira Mittermaier, I brought three graduate students to a symposium on mediation, emotion, and religion, organized by Dr. Monique Scheer at the University of Tübingen. DSR grad student Matt King and I delivered a co-authored paper, “Suppressing the Mad Elephant: Missionaries, Lamas, and the Mediation of Sacred Historiographies in the Tibetan Borderlands,” which is now published in History and Anthropology.

In Fall 2011, I taught a third-year course (RLG332F) entitled “Memoir and Confession”, aka “From Augustine to Oprah.” In Winter 2012, I team-taught for the first time, co-teaching two courses with my colleague Kevin O’Neill: Anthropology of Christianity and Themes in North American Religions.

With research assistants Sarina Annis and Amy Fisher in Prince Rupert

On research trips to archives in Victoria, Vancouver, and Prince Rupert, British Columbia, I was accompanied by two students, Ph.D. candidate Amy Fisher and Religion/Philosophy undergraduate Sarina Annis, now a graduate of LSE’s Anthropology of Religion M.A.  We were researching the life and times of Anglican Archbishop Frederick Du Vernet (1860-1924), who is a prominent subject of my next book.

With students in Heidelberg
With Canadian and German students in Heidelberg

 

In February 2011, I led a DAAD Study Tour to Germany.  I traveled with 11 Ph.D. students to four research institutes in four German cities: Berlin, Halle, Goettingen, and Heidelberg.

 

 

 

Selected Graduate Courses:

  • Mediascapes: Text, Land, & Stories (Winter 2015)
  • Method and Theory in the Study of Religion (Fall 2013)
  • Genealogies of Christianity (Fall 2014)
  • Religion, Medicine, and Healing
  • Themes in North American Religion (Winter 2013)

Selected Undergraduate Courses:

  • Museums and Material Religion (Fall 2015)
  • Memoir and Confession, RLG332F (Winter 2015)
  • Anthropology of Christianity
  • Christian Religious Tradition, RLG203Y (Fall-Winter 2012-13)
  • Religion & the City
  • Christianity and Conflict
  • Rites of Passage