Florence Pasche Guignard

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 Florence . PascheGuignard [ a ] utoronto . ca

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 researcher.  My current research project is entitled “Natural Parenting” in the Digital Age. At the Confluence of Mothering, Environmentalism, Religion and Technology. I is currently funded by a fellowship of the Swiss National Science Foundation and 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.

Previously, I have worked at the University of Lausanne, at the Collège des Humanités at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), and at the Chair of comparative history of religions and interreligious dialogue at the University of Fribourg.

The intersection of religion, gender and the body is my privileged domain of inquiry both in historical and contemporary contexts. My research interests range widely and I have taken on topics as varied as the construction of feminine voices and bodies, religion and ornaments, religious toys and dolls, religion and the Internet, and mothers, mothering and motherhood in religious traditions. I am also interested by method and theory in the study of religions, in particular comparative research designs, South Asian studies, ritual studies, and the digital humanities. A list of my publications can be found here.

In 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"), I explored representations of feminine figures in transaction with gods in a variety of devotional, ritual and poetic contexts. Using differential comparison as an explicit research design, I selected literary sources from two different contexts: ancient Greece and early-modern India. As part of this doctoral research, I translated the Padāvalī, a collection of devotional songs attributed to the saint poetess Mīrābāī, from Brajbhāṣā into French.