Text and Context Symposium VI

April 25 & 26, 2018 SN 2000

Day 1: Wednesday April 25

9:30 am – 9:35 am Opening Remarks: Patricia Dold

9:35 am – 10:45am Human-ness

We are One’: Exploring the Mediated Oneness of Disney’s Pandora – the World of Avatar and Rivers of Light.
Jennifer Porter, Religious Studies

“Man Created Homophobia, God Created Transformistas”:
Saluting the Oricha in a Cuban Gay Bar.
Cory W. Thorne, Folklore

10:45 am – 11:00am Coffee Break

11:00 am – 12:15 pm Keynote

Gender and Religion: The Unmarked Intersection.
Pamela Dickey Young, School of Religion, Queen’s University

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch (on-site & provided)

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm – From Supernatural to Hypernatural

Heritage, Memory, and the Cultural Politics of Interpretive Planning at the Shag Harbour UFO Interpretive Centre.
Noah Morritt, Ph.D. Candidate, Folklore

The Function of Andaran Crystal Spirals in New Age Ritual.
Leigha Eby, MA Candidate, Religious Studies

The Religion of Tarot: Not Just a Passing Fad.
Jessica Williams, MA Candidate, Religious Studies

2:30 – 4:00 Reception (on site)

Day 2 Thursday April 26, 2018

9:00 am – 10:30 am Seculareligious

Beyond Accommodation: A new model to consider religious diversity in Canada
Jennifer Selby, Religious Studies

Fetishism and Iconoclasm: Negotiating a Path Between
Shannon Michael O’Rourke, Ph.D. Candidate, Philosophy

Limiting Religion: The Supreme Court of NL Decision in
John Doe v. The Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation of St. John’s.
Patricia Dold, Religious Studies

10:30 am – 10:45 am Coffee Break

10:45 am – 12:00 pm Round Table: Boundaries and Intersections: Religion, Belief, Gender.


Holly Everett, Folklore
Carol-Lynne D’Arcangelis and Jennifer Dyer, Gender Studies
Jennifer Selby and Patricia Dold, Religious Studies


Pamela Dickey Young

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch (on-site & provided)

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm De/Constructions of Gender in Religion

Original: a feminist reimagining of mythology
Sharon King-Campbell, MA Candidate, English

Hail Mary: Prayers, Poetry, and Navigating Motherhood
Vicki Hallett, Gender Studies

Rock, Water and the Divine Feminine: Marian Grottos on the Avalon Peninsula
Cynthia Egan Kiigemagi, Ph.D. Candidate, Folklore

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm Closing Remarks – Patricia Dold

5:00 pm - Reception (Off campus, location TBA)


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