Research Travel Scholarships awarded 2020

The Corporation has granted three research travel scholarships in 2020 :

Charles J. Guibla, Laval University, for his project on Pentecostal prayer in Burkina Faso.

Charles Joseph Guibla is originally from Burkina Faso. He’s a doctoral student in theology at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Sciences at Laval University. He holds a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Ouagadougou (2005), a bachelor’s degree in theology from the Faculty of Theology of the Church of the Assemblies of God in Burkina Faso (2009), a diploma in Advisor for foreign affairs at the National School of Administration and Magistracy in Ouagadougou (2011) and a master’s degree in public administration from Saint-Cloud State University (2018). Enrolled in a master’s degree in theology at Laval University in September 2018, he benefited from a direct passage to the doctorate in January 2019. He served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Burkina Faso as secretary of foreign affairs (2004-2009) and foreign affairs adviser (2011-2016). He has also been a pastor in the Assemblies of God Church in Burkina Faso since 2009.

« The ‶prieurs″, the case of Burkina Faso: Proposal for a theological interpretation in an African Pentecostal context », is the subject of M. Guibla research which aims to be a theological interpretation of the phenomenon of ‶prieurs″ in the African Pentecostal context. This theme focuses on the specific case of Burkina Faso and offers an interpretation of the activity of ‶prieurs″ in its dual categorical and transcendental dimension.

Durga Kale, University of Calgary, for her project on the deified landscape of Konkan, India.

Durga Kale is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Calgary, specializing in the study of Eastern Religions. With a background in archaeology, she approaches the topic of sacred landscape in South Asia using an interdisciplinary lens. She hopes to enhance the understanding of multi-religious spaces along the west coast of India through her Ph.D. thesis.  Her study focuses on the Hindu religious literature known as “Puranas”, that narrativize the geography as sacrosanct.  She is the co-convener of a working group in Calgary that combines the study of literature and material culture. When not studying the sacred landscape, Durga splits her time between reading and painting. She often adds sketches and illustrations to her field notes and tries to capture the process of studying religion on the field. And she advocates for a wide application of Religious Studies across a breadth of study areas.

Durga Kale’s doctoral project focuses on the study of the Religious narratives along the west coast of India. The literary antiquity of these narratives goes back to the time of the medieval (c. 800-1600 CE) texts of Hinduism known as Puranas. The Hindu origin story for the landscape along the west coast of India mentions a mythical hero, Parshurama, as the creator.

The project aims to understand the idea of sacred landscape accentuated through the narratives in specific texts such as Sahyadri Khanda, Vyadeshwara Mahatmya and Sangameshwara Mahatnya that fall in the category of Puranas. Most of these Hindu narratives are reflected in the quotidian performances along the west coast of India. The compendium of myths sacralising the landscape link Parshurama, with the local gods revered in the area. The PhD project is aimed at further exploring the vicissitudes of the deified landscape while resorting to an interdisciplinary study of the local literature, archaeology of temples, and ethnographic interviews.

Dieudonné Kibungu, Université de Montréal, for his project on the rape of women as a tactic of war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Dieudonné Kibungu is a doctoral student in theology at the Institute of Religious Studies (IER) of the University of Montreal. He holds a master’s degree in theology and religious sciences from the Catholic University of Louvain and a specialized diploma in catechesis and pastoral from the ‘Institut international Lumen Vitae/Belgique. His doctoral research focuses on the rape of women as a weapon of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The main objective that he pursues consists of analyzing the paradoxical character of the impact of religions in the fight against these rapes in Congolese socio-cultural context. The specific objectives are to analyze stories of survivors, speeches by religious leaders, biblical and theological texts, the impact of these rapes in the destruction of the social fabric and to propose a theology of the transformation of the social fabric. The methodological approach is interdisciplinary, decolonial and anthropophanic in the perspective of the feminist turn of postcolonial African theology.

He is the author of The Feminist and Feminist Turning of Postcolonial African Theology. Case of raped women in DR Congo, L’Harmattan, Paris, 2017, and active member of the African and Afro-descendent Theologies Group (GTAS) at the IÉR.