2023 Keynote Speakers

March 9th 2023:

“Religious Musicking as Intervention: Examples from the Quebecois Everyday”  

by Dr Miranda Crowdus 

Miranda Crowdus is an assistant professor at the Department of Religions and Cultures at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, where she also directs the Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies and holds the Research Chair in Canadian Jewish Studies.

Crowdus’ research interests lie at the intersection of ethnomusicology and Jewish Studies. She earned her doctorate at City University London in 2016 that focused on grassroots music-making initiatives in South Tel Aviv, Israel. Prior to her move to Canada, she spent six years in Hanover, Germany, as a research associate at the European Centre for Jewish Music. She is currently working on research on Jewish cultural heritage and cultural sustainability with Dr Sacha Kagan as an affiliate professor at the University of Hildesheim on the DFG-funded research project “Queering Jewish Cultural Heritage: Reparative Response and Creative Encounter”.


March 16th 2023:

“Demands for a Secular Body: Analyzing requirements and performances in contemporary France and Québec”

by Dr. Jennifer Selby

Dr. Jennifer A. Selby is graduate coordinator and associate professor at Memorial University, cross-appointed in Religious Studies and Political Science and affiliated with the Department of Gender Studies. Her research grapples with configurations of secularism in France and Québec. She is currently Principal Investigator of the Secularism on the Move project and is a visiting researcher in 2022-23 at the CIRRES at the University of Montreal.