Seth Schermerhorn

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Seth Schermerhorn recently co-organized and presented on a panel in the Indigenous Religious Traditions Unit at the American Academy of Religion (AAR) Annual Meeting in Denver.

The panel, which focused on the theme of “Movement and Indigenous Religions,” was co-organized with Meaghan Weatherdon of the University of Toronto. It featured the work of nine international scholars working with indigenous traditions in diverse cultural and geographical contexts.

Based on the popularity of the session, Schermerhorn and Weatherdon now plan to co-edit a special issue of Material Religion on “Movement and Indigenous Religions,” expected to be published in December 2021.

Weatherdon presented “Indigenous Journeys: The Spiritual Politics of Resurgence in Canada” at Hamilton on Nov. 27. In the public lecture, Weatherdon discussed the Journey of Nishiyuu and a variety of other indigenous journeys across Canada within the past decade.

Weatherdon also visited Schermerhorn’s Sacred Journeys course where students were able to discuss her work in the context of the class on the anthropology of pilgrimage and ask questions about her research.

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