Heidi Epstein

    • Associate Professor, 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
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    • 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

    • “My Beloved is a Bass Line: Musical, De-colonial Interventions in Song Criticism and Sacred Erotic Discourse”  The Bible and Critical Theory, In press.

    • “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