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Dr. Steven Muir

Dr. Steven Muir obtained a PhD from the University of Ottawa, specializing in New Testament, Classics, and history of Early Christianity.  His research interests include how travel and religion affected each other in the ancient world, pilgrimage and sacred space in world religions, issues of diaspora and homeland in religious identity, and the transmission and adaptation of religious images, concepts and practices as they move through different locations and eras.  Some of his travel-related publications may be found here.  Dr. Muir was awarded the President’s Research Award in 2015.

Dr. Linda Van Netten Blimke

Dr. Linda Van Netten Blimke specializes in the literature of the long eighteenth century, with particular focus on British women’s non-fictional travel writing. Her work examines the dynamic relationship between eighteenth-century British women’s sentimental travel narratives and political controversy in the latter half of the eighteenth century. She has delivered papers on travelogues of Ann Radcliffe, Janet Schaw, Mary Morgan, and Helen Maria Williams, and has published notes on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century travel literature in the online database Popular Romanticism. She has also co-edited an early twentieth-century travel journal entitled Crossing Canada, 1909: Hope Hook’s Diary (2011).

Dr. Tolly Bradford

Dr. Tolly Bradford says, “My relevant research interests area as follows. My major research project on Religion and Colonialism in western Canada touches on three relevant topics: the first is Missionary and travel writing in the 19th. century, specifically, how travellers/mission-authored texts about the west created images and ideas about the ‘other’ (especially about religion of the other) and how these images are used to organize and guide their mission work; the second is the experiences (after the 1870s) of Indigenous people who travel outside their home territory and to the metropole of empire (Upper Canada and Britain); the last is the rather theoretic question of how ideas and concepts (especially Evangelical Christianity) change as they ‘move’ from Britain to the colonial frontier in the 19th century. I also have a more general interest in tourism in the Rocky Mountain Parks –  how  the parks construct ‘wilderness’ and images of ‘Indians’ and how are these are consumed by tourists. Overall, I’d say I’m interested in how travel/encounter/movement shaped ideas, identity, and image of the other, during the 19th century.”

Dr. Marco LoVerso

Dr. Marco LoVerso’s main scholarly interests are the English novel of the eighteenth century and the personal essay, including creative nonfiction.  Several of his own attempts in the latter area focus on travel and an ongoing investigation of the culture and stereotypes associated with his native Italy.  A list of his recent publications on travel may be found here.

Dr. Wendy Pullin

Dr. Wendy Pullin obtained a PhD in clinical psychology and is a registered clinical psychologist.  She has focused on feminist and socially critical issues, including professional and personal identity development, gender issues, perceptions of discrimination in Parisian public schools and aggression in youth.  She travels to France and visits other European countries yearly.  This has enabled her to work closely with colleagues at two major French universities.  The underlying thread that runs through her collaborative research is her use of an international perspective as a lever to critically examine phenomena.  More specifically, the issues that she has examined include gender differences in experiences of anger in intimate relationships, youth aggression and violence, and the economic precariousness of socially vulnerable groups such as women or youth in varied cultural contexts.

Dr. Tim Loreman

Dr. Tim Loreman is President and Vice-Chancellor at Concordia and a Professor in the Faculty of Education. His active research interests include inclusive education and pedagogy, including international comparative studies. He has conducted research and presented at major conferences throughout the world, including in Australia, Hong Kong, the United States, Britain, Ireland, Italy, France, Canada, Spain, Ukraine, and the Pacific Islands. In 2010 he was Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Bologna in Italy and in 2013 was Visiting Research Professor at Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland. In collaboration with the Ukraine Resource Development Centre at MacEwan he recently completed a large cross-institutional and cross-national CIDA project aimed at reform of the education system in Ukraine in order to better support inclusive education. His current international work is with school systems in Pacific island nations. He is on the Executive of the International Inclusive Teacher Education Research Forum. Dr. Loreman is the host of The Scholarship of Inclusive Education Podcast, featuring international inclusive education scholars, available on iTunes.  Dr. Loreman was awarded the President’s Research Award in 2016.

Dr. Elizabeth Smythe

Dr. Elizabeth Smythe has a PhD in Political Science specializing in international relations. Her research has focussed on international trade and the movement of goods, services and investments transnationally and the politics of negotiating rules that limit or facilitate such movements across borders.  Her work addresses the formation of transnational social movements and networks of advocacy organizing to influence or challenge the negotiation of these rules.  Most recently she has been focussing on the movement of food in global trade and the multilevel networks of food movements from local food to peasant farmer organizations seeking to influence international and national policies regulating food.  Her current research focuses on, and the negotiation of international food standards including food labels at the Codex Alimentarius (a joint body of the UN Food and Agriculture and World Health Organizations).  Dr, Smythe was awarded the President’s Research Award in 2014.

Dr. Catherine Caufield

Dr. Catherine Caufield notes, “My research interests related to travel have to do with the potential for growth and increased understanding that can occur when one comes into contact with other places and peoples in their home contexts. In situations where I am the foreigner and willing to be receptive to the good in the lifeworld around me, the similarities and contrasts help me to connect more deeply about what is true about who I am and my own culture. Travel permits the development of an appreciation for the range of vertebrate and invertebrate life on this planet, as well as the stunning beauty of its geography and flora. When thoughtfully designed as a program and with sufficient support throughout for the student, broadening one’s understanding of others in situ and enriching self knowledge through encounter is a transformative experience that enriches undergraduate education.”

Dr. Katherine Nielsen

Dr. Katherine Nielsen says, “I am an Associate Researcher at the Centre for International Education, University of Sussex. I trained as an educational anthropologist, and my research examines the role of travel in relation to how students learn and develop individual and social identities based on their travel experiences. My doctoral research examined North American students travelling in Ireland, and was informed my transformative learning, educational tourism, and intercultural learning theories. Travel can have profound effects on the development of adult personalities, and my own journeying has informed my research and analysis because I have lived in Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, and the United Kingdom, and greatly enjoy opportunities to travel both locally, and internationally. Somehow I always end up where I started, but with new perspectives on what I have seen and experienced.”  She has two websites, see here and here.

Dr. Janet Tulloch

Dr. Janet Tulloch notes, “With regard to travel, I am interested in ancient astronomy, navigational methods including geographical maps, but also star maps or celestial calendars (for guiding the soul on its journey) and the visual demarcation of space in general.”

Lainna El Jabi

Lainna El Jabi says, ” I am especially interested in creative writing and the intersections between writing, travel, and spiritual inquiry.”

Nanna Natalia Karpinska Dam Jørgensen (M.Phil)

Nanna Natalia Karpinska Dam Jørgensen (M.Phil) has an interest in Psychology and Pilgrimage.  She does research on the therapeutic value of pilgrimage walks.

Rupa Pillai

Rupa Pillai is a PhD candidate in the department of Anthropology at the University of Oregon. Her research focuses on the intersection of religion, ethnicity and movement. In particularly she is interested in how religious practices and beliefs travel and adapt to new contexts and how the itinerary of movement impacts these adaptations. Her dissertation examines how Indo-Guyanese adapt and mobilize Hinduism to negotiate their ethnic identity in New York City.

Dr. Michel Desjardins

Dr. Michel Desjardins says, “Over the last four years I have worked closely with Joanne Benham Rennick (Society, Culture and Environment, Laurier Brantford) on a teaching-related issue: what values are embedded in academic programs that encourage learning outside the country, e.g., through volunteering or taking courses abroad? We’ve facilitated conversations on this topic with faculty and staff from across Canada, and we are now opening conversations with scholars in Australia with similar concerns. Some of our work has now appeared in our book The World is my Classroom: Priorities for Globalizing Canadian Higher Education.”

Dr. Anne Read

Dr. Anne Read holds a PhD in Sociology of Religion and specializes in diaspora youth identity construction. Her research interests lie in the intersection of diasporic identity, national education and cultural history with a focus on how the past shapes current group identities. Her work relates to the role travel plays in cultivating diaspora identity and attachment to homeland. Currently, she teaches as an adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo.