Dr. Craig Ginn, PhD
Associate Professor (Teaching)
Office: +1 (403) 220-5612
PhD University of Leeds, 2009
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 Muslims, Religious Perspectives of Death & the Afterlife, From Jesus to Christ, Bible 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.
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.
- 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
In the News
- There’s much we can learn about life and relationships from animals. (2023)
- The Southern Sash. (2022)
- Finding Validation in Your Work. Now Innovating. (2022)
- Compelling Calgarians. Calgary Herald. (2022)
- Ten notable albums from Calgary-area artists in 2021. Calgary Herald. (2021)
- With inspiration from Louis Riel, U of C prof tackles colonialism, discrimination and genocide in new album. Calgary Herald. (2021)
- MÉTIS SINGER-SONGWRITER PARTNERS WITH CUPS FOR SONGS OF JUSTICE PROJECT. CUPS Calgary Society. (2021)
- Classics and Religion instructor takes on Canadian colonialism with Songs of Justice. University of Calgary. (2021)
- Lac Ste Anne Pilgrimage inspires songwriter’s tribute to healing and hope. Grandin Media. (2020)
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