Welcome to this website meant as a record of my academic activities and interests!
The comparative study of religions is my academic home, from which I regularly journey into the surrounding landscape of the humanities and social sciences (and, sometimes, even beyond). After completing my doctoral degree in the study of religions at the University of Lausanne (UNIL, Switzerland) in September 2012, I have joined the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto as a postdoctoral fellow. Previously, I have worked as an assistant and conducted research at the University of Lausanne, as well as at the Chair of comparative history of religions and interreligious dialogue at the University of Fribourg.
My privileged domain of inquiry is the intersection of religion, gender and the body, that I explore both in historical and contemporary contexts, mostly from an interdisciplinary perspective. My research interests range widely and I have taken on topics as varied as the female voice and body, religion and ornaments, religious toys and dolls, religion and the Internet, and mothers, mothering and motherhood in religious traditions. In addition, I am interested in method and theory in the study of religions, particularly in comparison.
My current research project, conducted as a postdoctoral researcher funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation is entitled “Natural Parenting” in the Digital Age. At the Confluence of Mothering, Environmentalism, Religion and Technology. It is hosted jointly at the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto and at the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at York University.
My Ph.D. dissertation ("De quelques représentations de figures féminines en transaction avec des dieux. Exercice d'exploration thématique différentielle en histoire comparée des religions") highlights a variety of representations of female figures in religious contexts trough an exploration of literary sources of early-modern India and of ancient Greece, using differential comparison as an explicit research design. A translation into French of Braj devotional poetry attributed to Mirabai forms an appendix to my study. A list including my publications about Mirabai and bhakti can be found here.
For additional information about my current academic activities, please visit my Academia profile or contact me at:
Florence . PascheGuignard [ a ] utoronto . ca