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Department for the Study of Religion
170 St George Street
Toronto, ON M5R 2M8
Pamela Klassen is Professor in the Department for the Study of Religion, cross-appointed to the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. She teaches graduate and undergraduate students in areas of the anthropology and history of Christianity and colonialism in North America, method and theory in the study of religion, and religion, media, and the public sphere. From 2015-17 she is Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Anthropology of Modern Religion at the Ludwig-Uhland-Institut für Empirische Kulturwissenschaft at the University of Tübingen in Germany, where she recently taught a course entitled “Museums and Material Religion”. From 2015-2020, as holder of the Anneliese Maier Research Award from the Humboldt Foundation, she is collaborating with Monique Scheer of the University of Tübingen on an international project entitled “Religion and Public Memory in Multicultural Societies.” Her most recent book, Spirits of Protestantism: Medicine, Healing, and Liberal Christianity (University of California Press, 2011) won a 2012 American Academy of Religion Award of Excellence. Her current book project, “The Story of Radio Mind: A Missionary’s Journey on Indian Land” examines the politics and material practices of storytelling in exchanges between Christian missionaries and Indigenous peoples in early-twentieth-century Canada. For more information, please see here.
In Fall 2015 Pamela is teaching “Museums and Material Religion”, in conjunction with my colleague Ajay Rao in Historical Studies at UTM. Several of the class meetings will be held at the Royal Ontario Museum. In the winter term, she is teaching a new graduate course, “Mediascapes: Text, Land, Stories” which serves as the BKS2000 Ph.D. seminar in the Book History and Print Culture Program. Interested DSR graudate students can contact her about the course. She will also teach the Religion in the Public Sphere Service Learning Course, which is open to advanced undergraduates with her permission (details here).