After serving as Chair of Religion during 2002-2007, James DiCenso is returning as Acting Chair for 2012-13. DiCenso takes over from John Kloppenborg, who has completed a five year term as Chair of Religion, and after a well-deserved sabbatical will return for another five year term starting in 2013-14. During his five year period as Chair, DiCenso was instrumental in reconfiguring Religion as a truly globalized and multi-disciplinary program. In collaboration with several other units, faculty positions were created in Buddhist Studies, Islamic Studies, and South Asian Studies at both the St. George and UTM campuses, and new positions were developed in global Christianity and the Anthropology of Religion.
In the past five years, DiCenso has completed a two-book project on Immanuel Kant explicating his ongoing significance for theorizing religion: Kant, Religion, and Politics (Cambridge, 2011), and Kant’s Religion within the Boundaries of Mere Reason: a Commentary (Cambridge, 2012).