Keynote Speaker: Dr. Noel Salmond, Professor of Religion, The College of the HUmanities, Carleton University.
About the Keynote Speaker:
Noel Salmond, B.F.A. (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design), M.A.
(Concordia), Ph.D. (McGill), is Associate Professor of Humanities
and Religion at Carleton University. He has been a Faculty Research
Fellow with the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute in India, and is
a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society. He is the author of Hindu
Iconoclasts: Rammmohun Roy, Dayananda Sarasvati, and Nineteenth
Century Polemics Against Idolatry ( 2004) and numerous articles
on the relation between visual art and religion. His current research
interests lie in modernist forms of Asian religion (Hindu and Buddhist
reform and revival movements) and also in religious views of nature
and religious responses to environmental crisis. His interests outside
the academy include wilderness canoeing and flight from the world
to the forests of the Gatineau hills.