Guest Blog


Is Academia a Religion?

Dana Sidebottom
Cultural Studies MA Student
Queen’s University

…I find holy redemption
When I put this car in drive
Roll the windows down and turn up the dial

Can I get a hallelujah
Can I get an amen
Feels like the Holy Ghost running through ya
When I play the highway...Read More »

Better to Sell a Candle than Curse the Darkness?

Aaron Ricker
Lecturer,  McGill University

Carl Sagan’s Cosmos was broadcast in 1980, and Neil DeGrasse Tyson (NDT) starred in the Cosmos reboot of 2014. Both shows were wildly successful (by the standards of educational TV), and in tandem they build a good-cop/good-cop image of science as a source of...Read More »

What Holiday Is Next?

Andie Alexander
MA Student, University of Colorado, Boulder

The other week (about mid-January), I was having coffee at Starbucks with a friend when I noticed that they gave me one of this year’s controversial red holiday cups. (Don’t worry, this isn’t another Starbucks red cup diatribe.) But it initially struck me as...Read More »

Religious Cultures and the Elusive Secular School

David Emory
MA Education and Society, McGill University

Secularism, when considered in relation to education, seems to be one of those terms that means completely different things depending on who you are talking to. To some, it represents the idea that schools can be open places, neither favouring nor disregarding any...Read More »

Religion and Contemporary Art in the Canadian Context

Daniel Santiago Sáenz
MA Student, Art History, Concordia University

Discussions of religion in the art history classroom are often confined to survey courses, as well as Early Christian and Early Modern topics. More specifically, it appears that religion and spirituality have all but disappeared in art since the 1960s. In the Québécois...Read More »

Adolescent Perceptions and Experiences of the Hijab: a Qualitative Canadian Study

Emma Funnell-Kononuk
Faculty of Education Student, Queen’s University

Wearing a hijab is a visual marker of Islam and instantly identifies a girl as Muslim. Muslim females regularly experience Islamophobia, a dislike or prejudice against Islam and Muslims, due to this visual association. Canadian girls frequently feel the effects of Islamphobia;...Read More »

Is Bernie Sanders "Spiritual But Not Religious"?

Galen Watts
Cultural Studies PhD Student, Queen’s University

Watching the current American election from Canada is like watching a hurricane from a seemingly safe distance, and hoping (perhaps even praying), that it doesn’t come any closer, and that it ends soon.

There have been many theories proposed by...Read More »