Research

Visiting researchers at CREOR

Prospective applicants for visiting memberships with CREOR are invited to view the application.

Dr. Carla Canullo

Carla Canullo is a Visiting Professor from the University of Macerata, Italy. She completed her PhD in Philosophy and Human Sciences at the University of Perugia. Her thesis was concerned with the influence of Maine de Biran on subsequent French Philosophy, especially that of Louis Lavelle and René le Senne. Prior to her PhD, she completed advanced research on Jean Nabert and his concept of evil, for which she also translated Nabert’s Essai sur le mal. Since 2000, she has worked in contemporary French hermeneutics and phenomenology, on and with Michel Henry, Paul Ricœur, Jean-Luc Marion, Jean-Louis Chrétien, and Claude Romano. In addition to her continued research in phenomenology and hermeneutics, she is Associate Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Intercultural Hermeneutics at the University of Macerata. She has just completed a work (Il chiasmo della traduzione: Metafora e verità) on translation as a method for Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue. Thanks to collaboration with Professors Garth Green and Jean Grondin, she participated at the Second Congress organized by the Société Francophone de Philosophie de la Religion (McGill University and Université de Montreal, October 2-4, 2015; topic: Religion et  Vérité). During her time at CREOR, she will work on contemporary Canadian Philosophy of Religion in the broader context of CREOR’s research projects, hoping thus to accomplish an interdisciplinary approach to religious studies in the secular and post-secular age. Her major publications include: Coscienza, corpo libertà. Itinerario tra Maine de Biran, Lavelle, Le Senne (Consciousness, Body, Freedom: Pathways Between Maine de Biran, Lavelle, Le Senne) (Napoli 2001); La fenomenologia rovesciata. Percorsi tentati in Jean-Luc Marion, Michel Henry, Jean-Louis Chrétien (Phenomenology Overturned: On Jean-Luc Marion, Michel Henry, Jean-Louis Chrétien) (Torino 2004); L’estasi della speranza. Ai margini del pensiero di Jean Nabert (Ecstatic Hope: On Jean Nabert) (Assisi 2005); Specchi infranti. Sulla misericordia e la famiglia (Broken Mirrors: On Mercy and Family (Assisi 2016); Il chiasmo della traduzione. Metafora e verità (The Chiasm of Translation. Metaphor and Truth) (forthcoming).

Dr. Christian Hoffarth

Christian Hoffarth is a Visiting Scholar from the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. He completed his PhD in Medieval and Modern History from Hamburg University in January 2016. His thesis was concerned with the connection of biblical exegesis and political thought in the idea of a community of goods and an egalitarian society in the later Middle Ages. His PhD studies were supported by a fellowship from the Gerda Henkel Stiftung. Prior to the PhD, he received a magister’s degree in History and German Studies from Heidelberg University. Since 2014, he has been a research fellow at the chair for Late Medieval and Early Modern History at the University of Duisburg-Essen where he teaches late medieval intellectual and religious history. Hoffarth’s latest articles are on medieval conceptions of communal property, and on medieval utopian thought. During his time at CREOR, he will pursue research on the connection of ideas of religious primitivism and social progress in the later Middle Ages.

Prof. Chen Yingjie

Prof. Chen Yingjie (Visiting Member)Professor Chen received her doctoral degree in Folklore from Beijing Normal University (2007). Her thesis focused on the revitalization of festivals in Chinese rural communities. Prior to the PhD, she completed an M.A. in folklore from Liaoning University in 2004 and a B.A. from Zhejiang Normal University in 2001. Currently, she is an associate professor at Zhejiang Normal University (ZNU) where she teaches and researches Chinese folk religions. Since 2007, she has been a research follow of the Center for Protection of Intangible Cultural Heritage at ZNU. At ZNU, her research focuses on folk life in rural communities, including oral narratives, local festivals, folk religions, and handicraft arts.  Professor Chen’s most recent publications examine the link between revitalizing local traditions and heritage protection movements, especially in Southeast China.  Her interests also extend to folk art and religions in contemporary Tibet. Her projects on revitalizing folk religions and on rural community development in China are funded by ZNU and Zhejiang Provincial Council of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Past researchers

Visiting researchers (2014-2015)

  • Dr Roberto Formisano, University of Bologna, Marie-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, “La question phénoménologique de la "vérité" : la "chair" de la phénoménalité et la "réalité humaine" à la lumière des philosophies de Martin Heidegger et de Michel Henry”
  • Magda Hayton, PhD candidate at the University of Toronto, ‘The Reception of Women's Prophetic Writings in the Late Medieval and Early Modern Period’.

Postdoctoral fellows (2014-2015)

  • Dr Frederick Tappenden, University of Manchester, FQRSC Postdoctoral Fellow, and Postdoctoral Research Associate in a SSHRC Partnership Grant based at the Centre for Research on the Evolution of Religion and Culture (CERC) at the University of British Columbia. Dr Tappenden is a key organiser of the CERC Workshop to be hosted by the Centre in May 2015: ‘Religion in the Text and on the Ground: the Convergence of Historiography and Ethnography in Religious Studies’.
  • Dr James Bryson, University of Cambridge, SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow (2013-2015), ‘The Christian Neoplatonism of Thomas Jackson’.

Visiting researchers (2013-2014)

  • Professor Hélène Cazes, Director of the Medieval Studies Programme, University of Victoria, “Andreas Vesalius (1504-¬‐1564), the Reformer of Anatomy?”

Postdoctoral fellows (2013-2014)

  • Dr James Bryson, Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge, SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow (2013-2014), ‘The Christian Neoplatonism of Thomas Jackson’.

Postdoctoral fellows (2012-2013)

  • Simon Burton, New College, University of Edinburgh, Commonwealth and CREOR Postdoctoral Fellow (2012-2013), ‘Medieval sources of the theological virtues in Protestant scholastic thought, 1550-1675’
  • James Bryson, Philosophy of Religion Cambridge University, CREOR Postdoctoral Fellow, Fall 2012, ‘Thomas Jackson and Oxford Platonism in the 17th century’

Visiting researchers (2011-2012)

  • Prof Peter Galadza, Kule Professor of Liturgy, St Paul University, Ottawa (12 September 2011 to 15 June 2012) Research: 1) mongraph on Byzantine funeral rites begun at Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Research Center; 2) A Slavonic-English Analytical Catalogue of Liturgical Manuscripts in the Repositories of Ukraine (research funded by SSHRC Standard Research Grant, $116,825.00)
  • Dr Eric Beresford, Principal of the Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax, Nova Scotia (January through December 2011) Research: ‘Post-metaphysical theological ethics beyond Heidegger’s critique of onto-theology’
  • Dr Timothy Cooke, Aargau, Switzerland (15 April to 31 July 2011) Research: ‘Collegium Pietatis: Die Ausbreitung puritanischer Erbauungsliteratur in der frühmodernen Schweiz’
  • The Rev Garth Minott, Lecturer in Theological Ethics, United Theological College, Kingston, Jamaica (1 Jan to 31 May 2011) Research: ‘Evaluating the Response of the Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands to the HIV and AIDS Pandemic in Jamaica’
  • Professor George Carras, Department of Classics, Washington and Lee University

Postdoctoral fellows (2011-2012)

  • Dr Hillel Braude, CIHR-funded Postdoctoral Fellow in Neuro-ethics, joint appointment with Bio-medical Ethics Unit, Faculty of Medicine, McGill (2011) Lecture series: ‘Neuro-theology: Religion and the Brain’ (Fall Term, 2011)

Visiting researchers (2010-2011)

  • Prof Dr Dr Emidio Campi was until recently Director of the Institute for Swiss Reformation History and Professor of Church History at the University of Zurich. He is the author and editor of more than twenty monographs, critical editions, and volumes of essays.  He jointly edited A Companion to Peter Martyr Vermigli (2009), Vermigli’s Commentary on Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics (2006), and Petrus Martyr Vermigli: Humanismus, Republikanismus, Reformation (2002). In the Fall Term 2010 Dr Campi was Visiting Professor in the former Faculty of Religious Studies and a Visiting Fellow of CREOR. Dr Campi led a graduate seminar on “Tolerance, Intolerance and Toleration in Early Modern Europe”, delivered several lectures including one  on “The Reformers and Islam,” and presented a paper at the 16th C. Society.
  • Professor Susan Glover, Dept of English, Laurentian University (Winter Term 2011) ‘Frances Brooke’s History of Emily Montague and the transatlatic church(es) in Quebec, 1759-1768’

Postdoctoral fellows (2010-2011)

  • Dr Yazeed Said is a Postdoctoral Fellow of CREOR for the academic year 2010-2011.  A citizen of Israel and sometime Dean of St George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem, in the summer term of 2010 Dr Said, then a student at Corpus Christi College, received his PhD from Cambridge University for a dissertation on the political theology of the great Islamic philosopher Al-Ghazali (1058-1111).  While a fellow of CREOR Dr Said has continued his research on Al-Ghazali and is currently working in collaboration with the Library of the Institute of Islamic Studies to organize a conference to mark the 900th anniversary of the philosopher’s death.  Dr Said is also a lecturer in the former Faculty of Religious Studies where is currently offering a course on ‘Contemporary Theological Issues’.