Vol 35 No. 1 (2016)

Foreword

University of Alberta
Catherine Caufield holds a doctorate in Religious Studies from the Centre for the Study of Religion in the University of Toronto. She has received a number of awards, including a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto and a Foreign Government Award with the Government of Mexico. She taught at the University of Alberta from 2002-2013 where she served in the Faculty of Nursing and the Faculty of Art’s Religious Studies Program and Latin American Studies Programs. Dr. Caufield coordinated the International Research Capacity-Building Program for Nurses to Study the Drug Phenomenon in the Americas, a program hosted by the Faculty of Nursing and funded by the Organization of American States. Her research areas of interest are hermeneutic literary theory and the expression of religion in contemporary local and global sociopolitical contexts. She has published numerous articles in referred journals, as well as the book Hermeneutical Approaches to Religious Discourse in Mexican Narrative. Her second monograph, Jewish Mexican Neomysticism, is currently in production at an academic press.

Articles

McGill University
So rich are late nineteenth century Mackenzie Delta culture- contact archives as to preclude any one scholar from fully locating data by ethnic group (Kukpugmiut, Nunatagmiut, other Beaufort Sea Inuit, Gwich’in, whalers, would-be gold miners traversing the region, fur trade staff, adventurers, clerics), passage (the three main channels and their connections), site (Fort McPherson, Tununiak, Iglogzyooit, Singigizyooak, Kuwachuk, Kittigazuit, Tuktoyaktuk, Eskimo Lakes, Baillie Islands, Yukon Coast, Okpooyetchiuk, Shingle Point, Herschel Island), fauna (beluga, bowhead, caribou, fish, etc.), flora, natural phenomena (ice formation, spring breakup), or human process (migration, inter-tribal relations, power structures, family dynamics, women’s roles, violence, hunting methods, traditional beliefs, infanticide, sickness and death, trade, modernization, missionization, and so on). The Western Arctic Historical Citation Project (WAHCP) facilitates the effort by posting on Academia.edu documents transcribed by this author and the syntheses they inspired.
Loyola University Chicago
Recent attempts to define the object of and suitable method for spirituality – such as Kees Waaijman’s and Sandra M. Schneiders’ – invoke phenomenological and meta-cognitive approaches which prevent (rather than favour) engagement with lived experience. I propose, instead, to conceive spirituality as interpretive encounter and dialogue between the researcher’s and the studied subject’s experiences of inner transformation. The researcher gains access to other spiritual traditions by assuming her own spiritual localization and by reaching out to other living experiences and traditions in their distinctiveness. This mutually enriching conversation itself progressively sheds light on its undergirding foundation: the human longing for God.
Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheba
In the second half of the 15th century, Isaac Abravanel addressed a question to Rabbi Joseph Hayyun, the spiritual leader of the Lisbon Jewish Community: Did God dictate the book of Devarim (Deuteronomy) to Moses word by word as he did in the case of the other four books of the Torah, or was this book created independently by Moses? According to the author, Abravanel’s question and Joseph Hayyun’s answer mark a new chapter in the history of examining the level of creative freedom Moses had in writing the Torah.
St. Joseph’s College at the University of Alberta
In this essay, I argue that there are noteworthy textual and thematic links between Thomas’ Commentary on Boethius’ De Trinitate and the Summa contra gentiles that shed light on the contents and peculiarities of these two works. While it is commonly held through codicological research that these two texts are closely related, I have not found some of the precise thematic links I will be discussing announced, much less explored, in the literature or commentary tradition. I present these connections in order to account more perspicuously for Thomas’ conception of metaphysics over and against that of revealed theology, especially with respect to how those two domains figure into the odd structure of the Summa contra gentiles.

Reflections from the Field

Luleå University of Technology
This vividly written reflection on research content, dissemination of knowledge, the researcher’s selfhood and ethical choices at a career point at which the author’s work is highly recognized and speaking invitations abound is a personal account of her decision to leave the field of Holocaust studies. Kokkola explains how she used elements from her own life story to find the empathy needed to engage with the research material, whilst highlighting the dangers of drawing such parallels. She concludes by exposing how the Holocaust has been leveraged for political and economic purposes to negate the other genocides and to promote a simplified view of saviour nations and idealized victims.