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.
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