Dr. Craig Ginn, PhD

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Associate Professor (Teaching)

Faculty of Arts , Department of Classics and Religion

Director

International Indigenous Studies Program

Phone number

Office: +1 (403) 220-5612

Background

Educational Background

PhD University of Leeds, 2009

Biography

Craig is an Associate Professor (Teaching) at the University of Calgary in the Department of Classics and Religion and serves as the Director of the International Indigenous Studies Program. Craig has taught at the U of C since 2009 during which time he has taught a wide variety of courses including Jews, Christians and MuslimsReligious Perspectives of Death & the AfterlifeFrom Jesus to ChristBible as Literature, and Christianity in the Developing World. Recent courses he has developed include Religion in Popular Music and Indigenous Traditions and Worldviews. His current research interests include religion and music, the historical-comparative study of religion, and near-death experiences.  He is active in interdisciplinary research also, serving as a Co-Investigator in a community-based study exploring links between health, spirituality, and wellbeing within the Métis Nation of Alberta – Region 3.  Most recently, Craig has been working on multi-media projects including the Songs of Justice Project and the Animal Kinship Project.

Projects

Songs of Justice Project

The Songs of Justice Project features 10 original songs that inform historical and current relations between Canada and its Indigenous peoples. The songs represent a spectrum of expression. Some songs challenge the apologetics of colonialism, exposing discrimination and genocide. Others celebrate the perseverance and goodness of Indigenous pathways and teachings. Five songs draw attention to the historical and current significance, both spiritual and political, of Louis Riel and the Métis people. Lyric videos and research articles for educators will be developed for each song.

https://www.songsofjusticeproject.com/

Awards

  • Teaching and Learning Grant, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning. 2022
  • Research Fellow, Evolve to Innovate. 2022
  • Patient-Oriented Research, CIHR Indigenous Health Research (IHR). 2021
  • Energizing the Arts, University of Calgary. 2021
  • Falling Walls Conference Nomination, Hunter Hub, University of Calgary. 2020
  • SU Teaching Excellence Awards Nomination, Students' Union Teaching Excellence Awards Committee. 2017
  • SU Teaching Excellence Awards Nomination, Students' Union Teaching Excellence Awards Committee. 2016