Faculty & Student Success

Dr. Dawne McCance

Congratulations to Dr. Dawne McCance who was elected as a fellow to The Royal Society of Canada!

Dr. McCance is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary scholar and critic. Her innovative and integrative research engages religion, bioethics, feminism, philosophy, psychoanalysis, literary criticism, architecture, animal and disability studies, and the history of academic freedom. As the eighteen-year Editor of Mosaic: an interdisciplinary critical journal, she published multiple interviews with leading scholars, organized four major international interdisciplinary conferences, and established Mosaic in Europe and North America as a pathbreaking critical forum.

Dr. McCance est une chercheuse et critique interdisciplinaire de renommée internationale. Ses recherches novatrices et intégrées portent sur la religion, la bioéthique, le féminisme, la philosophie, la psychanalyse, la critique littéraire, l’architecture, les études sur les animaux et les personnes handicapées et l’histoire de la liberté académique. En tant que rédactrice en chef depuis dix-huit ans de Mosaic: an interdisciplinary critical journal, elle a publié de nombreuses entrevues avec d’éminents chercheurs, organisé quatre grandes conférences interdisciplinaires internationales et fait de Mosaic un forum critique et innovant en Europe et en Amérique du Nord.

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The RSC. recognizes excellence, advises the government and the larger society, and promotes a culture of knowledge and innovation in Canada and with other national academies around the world.

Dr. Dawne McCance

Congratulations to Dr. Dawne McCance on the publication of her book,

The Reproduction of Life Death
Derrida’s La vie la mort

Based on archival translations of a soon-to-be published seminar by Jacques Derrida, The Reproduction of Life Death offers an unprecedented study of Derrida’s engagement with molecular biology and genetics. Dr. McCance shows how Derrida ties biological accounts of reproduction to the reproductive program of teaching, challenging auto-reproductive notions of pedagogy, while also reinterpreting the work of psychoanalysis. Dr. McCance brings extensive archival research together with a background in genetics to offer a fascinating new account of the encounter between philosophy and the hard sciences that will be of interest to theorists in a wide range of disciplines concerned with the question of life. 

Dr. Dawne McCance is Distinguished Professor at the University of Manitoba. Her most recent book is Critical Animal Studies: An Introduction

“This is a superbly researched, written, and argued book on two of the most important though neglected aspects of Derrida’s work: his reading of biology and his closely related work on academic institutions. It is a work that anyone who is serious about Derrida will want to read and will have to take into account.” —MICHAEL NAAS, DePaul University

Dr. Ian Whicher

Congratualtion to Dr. Ian Whicher who was awarded the SSHRC Insight Grant (2018-2023) for,  Freedom and the Principle of Intelligence in Yoga

Congratulations to Dr. Whicher who's book, Essays on the Yoga-Sutra: Engaging the World in Freedom, was just published in January 2019 with Motilal.Banarsidass (Delhi), 238 pages.

Dr. Elizabeth Alexandrin

Elizabeth Alexandrin and Paul Ballanfat (co-investigator, Galatasaray University/Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3)- 2018-2020- SSHRC Insight Development Grant- Mystical Messianisms and the End of Religion

Elizabeth Alexandrin, workshop participant, "Visualizing Sufism". Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn. 14 May 2018. Convened by Giovanni Maria Martini

Donna Brown

Congratulations to Donna Brown who was awarded a SSHRC for her master's project, Western Spiritual Influences on North American Buddhism

Jenna Coutts

Congratulations to Jenna Coutts who was awarded a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship for her master's project.

Heather Patrick

Congratulations to Heather Patrick who was awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities (SSHRC) Doctoral award for her PhD project Desacralizing Ancient Texts: Satire and Parody in First and Second Century Early Christian and Greco-Roman Literature

Dr. Elizabeth Alexandrin

Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Alexandrin (PhD McGill University, 2006) on the publication of her book Walāyah in the Fāṭimid Ismāʿīlī Tradition



Dr. Danielle Dubois

Congratulations to Dr. Danielle Dubois on being awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant for her project "Marguerite Porete in the Italian, French, and English Historical Record, 15th-19th Century."

Zachary Janzen

Congratulations to Zachary Janzen who was awarded a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship for his master's project, "Healing the Science-Religion Split: A Spiritual Psychology from Rudolf Steiner and C.G. Jung." Zachary will be entering the MA program in September 2017.

Heather Penner

It is with great pride and pleasure that we announce that Heather Penner, who completed her Master's this March, has been awarded a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship and will be starting her PhD at the University of Ottawa this fall. Before receiving news of the SSHRC, she had also secured full funding from the University of Ottawa for her PhD program.

Jeizelle Solitario

Congratulations to Jeizelle Solitario on being accepted in the PhD program in Religion at the University of Toronto. In addition to this, Jeizelle has been awarded the Jane Trombley Graduate Scholarship for Academic Excellence.

David Hutten

David Hutten has received the elite Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement from SSHRC. On top of his MA SSHRC, this is a major accomplishment for an MA student. The funds will enable him to travel to Caen, France in May and to spend three months working in the IMEC archives at L'Abbey d'Ardenne, where he will do research related to Jacques Derrida's unpublished seminars. He will also work with the renowned scholar Marc Crépon at L'École Normale Supérieure in Paris.

 Dr. Dawne McCance

Congratulations to Dr. Dawne McCance on being awarded a SSHRC Outreach Connections Grant in support of an interdisciplinary symposium, "Living On", that she is organizing for March 9-11, 2017. Dr. McCance has, as a sole applicant, now received $750,000 in SSHRC funding!

Dr. Nat Morehouse

Congratulations to Dr. Nat Morehouse (PhD University of Manitoba, 2012) on the publication of his book Death's Dominion: Power, Identity, and Memory at the Fourth-Century Martyr Shrine


Ted Malcolmson

Congratulations to Ted Malcolmson on having successfully defended his M.A. thesis, "Evil Dead: The Problematic Story of the Jonestown Corpses." We wish Ted all the best for his Ph.D. studies in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Kenneth MacKendrick

Congratulations to Dr. Kenneth MacKendrick for his successful project, "Facilitating Writing and Peer Review Groups" (co-applicant with Kathy Block, Miriam Unruh, Jocelyn Thorpe, and David Watt). Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund Application. $13,448. 

David Hutten

Congratulations to David Hutten who was awarded a Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC) for his master's project, "Life Worth More than Life?"

Jeizelle Solitario

Congratulations to Jeizelle Solitario who was awarded a University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship for her master's project, "Living Together: Jacques Derrida's Rethinking of Sovereignty."

Dr. Heidi Marx-Wolf

Dr. Heidi Marx-Wolf is a featured speaker at the Center for Late Ancient Studies Symposium (Duke University) on De Morte: Death and the Afterlife in Late Antiquity. Her talk is entitled “Platonic Afterlives: Origen, Porphyry, and Iamblichus on the Restoration of the Soul.”


Dr. Brenda Cantelo

Bodies of Water – An Interdisciplinary Approach to Learning
On Thursday, December 3, 2015, a group of students performed “Bodies of Water” in the St. John’s College Chapel. Students from Dr. Brenda Cantelo’s Religion and Dance course in the Faculty of Arts collaborated with students in Dr. Gordon Fitzell’s eXperimental Improv Ensemble (XIE) from the Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music to create an engaging performance that featured choreography by Stephanie Ballard.

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Dr. Dawne McCance

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Dawne McCance is a guest speaker at a two-day seminar entitled "The Future of Derrida Scholarship" that will be taking place at Harvard University this March. The seminar runs concurrently with the meetings of the American Comparative Literature Association.

Dr. Heidi Marx-Wolf

Congratulations to Dr. Heidi Marx-Wolf on the publication of her book, Spiritual Taxonomies and Ritual Authority: Platonists, Priests, and Gnostics in the Third Century C.E.!


Professor Jade Weimer

Congratulations to Professor Jade Weimer who successfully defended her dissertation, "Musical Assemblies: How Early Christian music functioned as a Rhetorical Topos, a Mechanism of Recruitment, and a Fundamental Marker of an Emerging Christian Identity," in the  Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto!

Dr. Kenneth MacKendrick