Heidi Epstein

  • Associate Professor, Department of Religion and Culture
  • St. Thomas More College
  • 1437 College Drive Saskatoon, SK S7N 0W6
  • Phone: 306.966.8047
  • hepstein@stmcollege.ca
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Education | Research Interests | Research Projects | Selected Publications
Teaching Responsibilities | Administrative Responsibilities


  • Ph.D., Religious Studies, McGill University, Montreal, 2000
  • B.Ed., Secondary Education, University of New Brunswick,, 1993 (magna cum laude)
  • M.A., Religious Studies, McGill University, 1990
  • B.Mus., Music History, McGill University, 1984. (Practical studies in Church Organ)

Research Interests

Feminist and Queer Theologies; Women in Western Religions; Theories of Sacred Music in Western Religions; Religion and Pop Music; New Musicological Analysis of Biblical Texts Set to Music;

Research Projects

  • "Wiring the Shulammite for Ecological Ends: Aesthetic Paradoxes in Barry Truax's Song of Songs"
  • Monograph:  Amatory Interventions:  The Song of Songs' Queer Musical Career.
  • "Doric Boot-Straps:  A Musical Semiotics of Muscular Christianity"
  • "Foul Ooze:  The Symboloc Interplay of Music and Blood in Hildegard's Hymn to St. Ursula and the 10 000 Martyrs

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • “Post-War Trauma and Postmodern Love: Musical Double Entendres ‘in’ the Song of Songs” Biblical Interpretation (forthcoming)
  • "Sick with Love:  The Musical Symptoms of a Shtetl-Bound Shulammite,"  The Bible At Humanity's Limits.  Semeia Studies Series, Society of Biblical Literature.  Jennifer Koosed, ed.  In press.
  • "Penderecki's Iron Maiden: Intimacy and Other Anomalies in the Canticum canticorum salomonis,Bible Trouble: Queer Reading at the Boundaries of Biblical Scholarship.  Semeia Studies Series, Society of Biblical Literature.  Ken Stone and Teresa Hornsby, eds.  In Press.
  •  "Sour Grapes, Fermented Selves: Musical Shulammites Modulate Subjectivity," The Bible and Critical Theory, Volume 5/1 (2009): (electronic journal).
  • "Chastening Tale: Refiguring Woman Across the Christian Fundamentalist-Feminist Divide," Fundamentalism and Women in World Religions, Arvind Sharma and Katherine K. Young, eds.  New York: T. and T. Clark, 2007.
  • Melting the Venusberg: A Feminist Theology of Music, New York: Continuum Publishing Group, 2004.
  • "Re-Vamping the Cross: Galas's Musical Mnemonic of Promiscuity," Theology and Sexuality, Volume 15 (2001): 57-77.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Religion, Globalisation, and Social Justice
  • Gender and God-Talk
  • Sex, God, Rock n' Roll: Re-vamping the Sacred
  • History of Christian Thought
  • Women and Western Religious Traditions
  • Seminar on Religion and Embodiment

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Planning Committee for Graduate Program in Women and Gender Studies
  • U of S Religious Studies Undergraduate and Graduate Committees
  • Member of the U of S College of Graduate Studies and Research
  • Member of the STM Professional and Community Service Committee