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Darlene Juschka

Associate Professor
PhD (University of Toronto), MA (Wilfrid Laurier University, BA (University of Waterloo)

Office: CL 324
Phone: 306-585-5280
Fax: 306-585-4815

Research interests

  • Feminist methods, theories, and epistemologies
  • Popluar culture
  • Globalization
  • Feminist history
  • Gender and sexuality studies (ancient and modern)
  • Approaches to the study of religion; symbol, myth, and ritual (ancient and modern)
  • Folk religions, shamanism, and possession
  • Cross cultural study of religion, ancient Greek and Roman religions
  • Ritual associated with death and burial (ancient and modern)

Darlene Juschka is an associate professor in the Gender, Religion and Critical Studies Department. Focusing on gender, intersectionality and violence in Women's and Gender Studies, and semiotics and posthumansim in Religious Studies, and theories in both, her work is multidisciplinary and critically focused. She has a BA in Classical Studies, an MA in Ritual Studies (ancient and modern), and a PhD in the Comparative Study of Religion. Her studies of myth, symbol and ritual intersect span from the ancient worlds of Greece and Rome to the modern world examining construction of worlds and attendant social bodies, and ideologies, and performances, of gender, identities, social statuses, humanness and so forth.


  • Contours of the Flesh: The Semiotics of Pain (Sheffield: Equinox, 2021).
  • Listening to the Beat of Our Drum: Indigenous Parenting in a Contemporary Society (edited with Carrie Bourassa and Elder Betty McKenna; Demeter Press, 2017).
  • Political Bodies, Body Politic: The Semiotics of Gender (Nanjin, China: Pheinix Publishing and Media Inc., 2015; Chinese Translation).
  • Political Bodies / Body Politic: The Semiotics of Gender (Routledge, 2014).
  • Feminism in the Study of Religion: A Reader (London and New York: Continuum, 2001).

Selected other publications:

  • “Feminist approaches to the study of religion,” in Richard King, (ed.), Religion, Theory, Critique: Classic and Contemporary Approaches. New York: Columbia University Press, 2017, 309-322.
  • “Indigenous women and reproductive justice - A narrative,” in Carrie Bourassa, Betty McKinnon and Darlene Juschka (eds.) Listening to the beat of our drum. Demeter Press, 2017.
  • “Feminism and Gender,” in The (Oxford) handbook of the study of religion. Steven Engler and Michael Stausberg (eds.). UK: Oxford, 2016.
  • Wuerch, Melissa, Zorn, Kim, Juschka, Darlene and Mary Hampton (2016). “Responding to Intimate Partner Violence: Challenges Faced among Service Providers in Northern Communities,” Journal of Interpersonal Violence, (May), 1-21.
  • Kubik, W., Hampton, M., Juschka, D. Bourassa, C., Jeffery, B. “Talking to the ‘Healing Journey’ Interviewers:  Ethical Concerns and Dilemmas," in Journeys in Community-Based Research.  Regina: Saskatchewan Population Health Evaluation and Research Unit. Regina, SK: University of Regina Press, 2014, 15-29.
  • “Enfleshing semiotics: The indexical and symbolic sign-functions.” Religion 44/1 (2014). Online publication Dec 16, 2013.
  • “The category of gender in the study of religion." (2013). In Aaron W. Hughes (ed.) Theory and method in the study of religion: Twenty five years on, 231-238. Leiden, Boston: Brill.
  • “Religious Studies and identity politics: mythology in the making.” (2013). In Scott Elliot (ed.) Reinventing Religious Studies: Key writings in the history of a discipline, 210-217. Durham, UK: Acumen Publishing.
  • “Fixed geomorphologies and the shifting sands of time.” (2012). In William Arnal, Willi Braun and Russell T. McCutcheon (eds.), Failure and Nerve in the Academic Study of Religion: Essays in Honor of Donald Wiebe, 50-61. London and New York: Equinox Press.
  • “Pain, Gender, and Systems of Belief and Practice.” (2011). Religion Compass Vol. 5 (11) (Nov), 709-719.
  • “Feminisms in the study of systems of beliefs and practice.” In Lesley Biggs and Pamela Downe (eds.), Gendered intersections: An introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies, 2nd ed. Halifax: Fernwood Publishing.
  • "The Amazon, Rhetor, and Priest: Feminism, Politics and Religion.” E-International Relations  (October16 2010). By invitation.
  •  Hampton, Mary; Kubik, Wendee; Juschka, Darlene; Bourassa, Carrie; Woods, Meghan (2010). “Resolved to end violence in our society.” In A. Brenda Anderson, Wendee Kubik, and May R. Hampton (eds.), Torn from our midst; voices of grief, healing and action from the missing Indigenous women conference 2008, 221-233.  Regina, SK: University of Regina, CPRC press.
  • “Penetrating the body of the masculine 'other': White US Masculinity, war, and the ritual of 'truth.'” In The CSSR Bulletin 38 (4) (November) 2009: 1-6.
  • “The Fantasy of Gender/Sex: Angela Carter and Mythmaking,” in Lee Easton and Randy Schroeder (eds.) The Influence of Imagination: Essays on Science Fiction and Fantasy as Agents of Social Change, 160-173. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2008.
  • “Deconstructing the Eliadean Paradigm: Symbol,” in Willi Braun and Russell T. McCutcheon, eds. Introducing Religion: Essays in Honor of Jonathan Z. Smith, 163-177. London: Equinox Publishers, 2008.
  • “Masculinity,” in James T. Sears (ed.) The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Love, Courtship, and Sexuality through History, Vol. 6, The Modern World, 146-150. Westport, CT.: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007.
  • “Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down: Waking up in Women's Studies,” in Mathieu Courville (ed.), The Next Step in Studying Religion A Graduate's Guide, 157-168. London: Continuum, 2007.
  • “Interdisciplinarity in Religious and Women's Studies.” Studies in Religion. 35/3-4 (2006): 389-399.
  • “Spectacles of Gender: Enacting the Masculine in Ancient Rome and Modern Cinema.” Religious Studies and Theology, Special Volume: Materializing Roman Religion, Guest Editor Lisa Hughes, 24 (1) 2005: 75-110.
  • “Gender,” in John Hinnells (ed.), The Routledge Companion to the Study of Religion, 225-238. London and New York: Routledge, 2005 (2nd edition 2009).

Articles and Chapters in Edited Books                      

“The ontological and zoomorphic semiotics of two Hellenistic saviour deities compared.” (2022). In Sarah Rollens and Pat Hart (eds.), Worth More Than Many Sparrows: Essays in Honour of Willi Braun. New York and London: Equinox Publishers.

 “Space Aliens and Deities Compared.” (2022). Step Back and Look Beyond: Studying Religion After 2020. Conference proceedings. Karris, Tim, and Freudenberg, Maren (eds.). UK: Brill Publishers

 Juschka, Darlene, Mary R. Hampton, Melissa Wuerch, Carrie Bourassa, and Tracy Knutson. Interpersonal violence in northern Saskatchewan communities: A case study. 2021. In Brenda Anderson, Wendee Kubik, and May R. Hampton (eds.). Global Femicide: Indigenous Women and Girls Torn from our Midst. University of Regina, Open Press Books.

 The Construction of Gendered Identities in Myth and Ritual (2020). In Teresa Meade and Merry E Wiesner-Hanks (eds.). A Companion to global gender history (2nd edition). Wiley Blackwell Companions to World History Series.

 Feminisms and the study of religion in the 21st century. Berlin Journal of Critical Theory. Vol. 3, No. 2 (April, 2019), 5-26.

 Feminist approaches to the study of religion. (2017). In Richard King, (ed.), Religion, Theory, Critique: Classic and Contemporary Approaches. New York: Columbia University Press, 309-322.

 “Indigenous women and reproductive justice - A narrative” (2017). In Carrie Bourassa, Betty McKinnon and Darlene Juschka (eds.) Listening to the beat of our drum. Demeter Press.