Religious Studies

Note: This article was originally written by Leigh Cameron in the Queen's Gazette

Galen Watts (Cultural Studies) secures one of five top spots in the 2018 SSHRC Storytellers contest.

Congratulations to Dr. Richard Ascough, Faculty of Arts and Science Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) for being named one of the 2018 3M National Teaching Fellows for his imaginative, experiential work as a Queen's School of Religion Professor.

Queen’s University post doctoral fellow Valerie Michaelson is exploring research around adolescents and spiritual health.  While spiritual health has long been recognized as important to health and well-being, there has been renewed interest in understanding what it is, and how it relates to the health of young people.

In a cross-national analysis, her team found that the importance of spiritual health decreases as children age, but for those who maintain its importance, the strong and positive health benefits are very provocative.

QSR Prof James Miller will give three lectures in California this month about his research on religion, culture and nature in contemporary China.

Students in RELS 227 Religions of Native People discussed the plight of aboriginal women and girls when Kingston and Islands MPP Sophie Kiwala visited their class on November 12th.

Kiwala spoke about the need for a national public inquiry into missing and murdered Canadian aboriginal women and girls.

Instructor Jason Kelly reported that the students were very engaged and motivated by the talk.

Julia Marsala (Artsci’14) is from a small farm town in Pennsylvania, so when she stepped into the megalopolis of Shanghai, with its more than 23 million people, she felt a little overstimulated, a little overwhelmed.

 “The sheer number of people on the streets – it was nothing I’d ever seen. It was culture shock, but not in a bad way,” she says. “The city and China in general forces you out of your comfort zone, and when you do that, you learn a lot about yourself.”