Studying
Religion in
Culture


Nathan R. B. Loewen
Assistant Professor


Globalizing Discourse of Religious Studies, Religion and Development Studies, Practice and Pedagogy of Collaborative Online Learning

Email: nrloewen@ua.edu
Office phone: (205) 348-3467
Office: Houser 3033


 

Nathan Loewen, who began in REL as of January 1, 2015, earned his Ph.D. in Modern Philosophy of Religion at McGill University's Faculty of Religious Studies. Prior to coming to UA he taught at McGill University (2005-2009) and in the Department of Humanities at Vanier College (2009-14), both of which are in Montreal, Canada.

Dr. Loewen has two primary areas of research and publication. One focuses on globalizing discourses within the philosophy of religion, and the other analyzes the emerging confluence between Religious Studies and Development Studies.

A third area of interest for him is collaborative online learning--how the emphasis on technology in higher education can be directed towards strategies for networked learning. His work in this area focuses on innovations that enable teachers and classes to engage not only with each other but also with wider circles of scholars and various publics on both local and global contexts. For example, Dr. Loewen's classes may connect in real-time with professors and classes in other time zones to work on a common project.

It is this last research focus that has led to his participation in the College of Arts and Sciences' etech office (focusing mainly on assisting other A&S faculty with online course development).

Dr. Loewen publishes in both English and French, and he completed a book on collaborative networked learning, entitled Effective Social Learning: A Collaborative, Globally-Networked Pedagogy. He has recently completed work on a book manuscript with the title Reconsidering Evil: Beyond the Discourse of Theism. Here he considers how Derrida's treatment of evil (le mal) assists the work of historicizing the discourse on evil within the philosophy of religion.


Courses Taught

REL 100 Introduction to Religious Studies

REL 220 Survey of Asian Religions