Organizers

Emma AndersonHillary KaellPamela KlassenStaff

Emma Anderson Emma Anderson is the Director of the Institute of Canadian and Aboriginal Studies and a Professor in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa. Anderson is the author of two books, both published by Harvard University Press. The Death and Afterlife of the North American Martyrs (2013) traces the cult of eight Jesuit missionaries from the seventeenth century to the present. The Betrayal of Faith: The Tragic Journey of a Colonial Native Convert (2007) explores the life of Pierre Anthoine Pastedechouan, a young Innu taken to France for baptism and a religious education before being reintegrated, with tragic results, into his natal culture. The work, which is also available in a French translation through Laval University Press, received the American Academy of Religion’s Best First Book in the History of Religions and the Alf Heggoy Prize, awarded by the French Colonial Historical Society.

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Hillary Kaell Hillary Kaell is author of Walking Where Jesus Walked: American Christians and Holy Land Pilgrimage (New York University Press, 2014) and editor of the forthcoming volume Religion in Contemporary Quebec (McGill-Queens University Press). She writes about North American Christianity, with a focus on material culture. Her current project examines the development of a global Christian imaginary over the last two centuries through the lens of child sponsorship programs. Aspects of her work have been published in venues including Religion, Journal of Material Culture, Journal of the American Academy of Religion and Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. She also writes for popular audiences in print and online, co-curates the online forum Anthrocybib, and co-hosts the New Books in Religion podcast. She is Associate Professor of Religion at Concordia University in Montreal.

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Pamela Klassen Pamela Klassen is Professor in the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto, and Vice-Dean Undergraduate in the Faculty of Arts & Science. She teaches graduate and undergraduate students in such areas as the anthropology and history of Christianity and colonialism in North America, book history, and religion, law, and gender. From 2015–17 she is Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Anthropology of Modern Religion at University of Tübingen in Germany. She holds the Anneliese Maier Research Award from the Humboldt Foundation, in support of “Religion and Public Memory in Multicultural Societies,” a project in collaboration with Prof. Monique Scheer of Tübingen. Her books include Blessed Events: Religion and Home Birth in America and Spirits of Protestantism: Medicine, Healing, and Liberal Christianity, which won a 2012 American Academy of Religion Award of Excellence. Her latest book project is The Story of Radio Mind: A Missionary’s Journey on Indian Land.

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