The CRSA Speaker Series showcases the work of learned scholars in the Study of Religion and brings together faculty, researchers, graduate and undergraduate students, as well as anyone interested in issues of religion and religiosity.
The first event of the CRSA Speaker Series is a lecture by Dr. Jason B. Crawford on the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
The event will take place on Tuesday, November 18th at 4 PM, followed by a QnA period.
Location: Department of Religion, 2060 MacKay, room FA-202.
Refreshments will be served.
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“The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence: Queering Religion, Politics and Community”
Jason B. Crawford, Ph.D.
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are a 21st century group of queer nuns that were founded in San Francisco in 1979. The Sisters have consistently been at the forefront of AIDS activism, advocacy and service to various LGBTQ communities and have created a global network of queer nuns who work in their local areas for social justice, equality and human rights. This lecture will focus on the ways that the Sisters queer our ideas of religion and spirituality as well as examine how the Sisters’ playful and sexy religious rituals create new meanings of queer politics and queer community.
Jason B. Crawford holds a PhD in Humanities from Concordia University in Montreal and currently teaches at Champlain College in Saint-Lambert, Quebec. His research and writing are situated at the crossroads of politics, performance, geography and queer culture. His writing on the drag kings and drag queens of Montreal appeared in Canadian Theatre Review and his research with Karen Herland on the Sex Garage raid and police actions was published in the Journal of Canadian Studies. He has a forthcoming chapter on the Quebec gay film auteur Michel Audy in the book Cinephemera: Moving Images at the Margins of Canadian Cinema History to be published in December. Currently he is collaborating on a book-length project with geographer Julie Podmore on the history of Montreal’s gay, lesbian and queer pride parades.