Department of Religion
If you watch or read the news, you will quickly begin to see how religion plays a crucial part in world affairs. Our professors are involved in research ranging from religious studies in Nigeria to the role of the body in medieval Christian devotional practice. Several research highlights are below, however all faculty members are conducting research; details available in each faculty member's profile.
Buddhism in Sri Lanka
Kevin Trainor, current dept. chair, continues to research and write about Buddhism in Sri Lanka, scholarship that has resulted in a number of recent publications. 2008: a German translation of "Buddhism: The Illustrated Guide," a co-written article (with prof. Anne Clark): "Buddhist Hymns and Medieval Plainsong: Reflections on Neurosciences, Music and Religion." Trainor will also appear in a PBS documentary in 2010 on the life of the Buddha. Learn more about Professor Trainor.
Gospel music, national publics and economic globalization in Nigeria
Vicki Brennan returned to Nigeria recently to begin preliminary field research for her new project: examining the relationships between gospel music, national publics and economic globalization in Nigeria. Professor Brennan continues to work on her book "Singing the Same Song: Music, Religion and Politics in Postcolonial Nigeria." Along with papers and presentation of her research, Brennan's specialty in the religions of Africa continues to take on new forms. Learn more about Professor Brennan and her work.
Medieval Christian devotional practices and the role of the body, music in monastic life
Anne Clark is now pursuing a new angle on some of her long-standing interests in medieval Christian devotional practices. She received an NEH fellowship to participate in a seminar on Dante in Italy this summer. She looks forward to expanding her work on visionary literature and will also be researching one of the most important cults of Dante's era. More about Anne Clark.
Last modified September 17 2010 11:53 AM