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Dr. Royden Loewen

Royden Loewen Title: Professor, History and Mennonite Studies
Email: r.loewen@uwinnipeg.ca


Royden Loewen is the Chair in Mennonite Studies and Professor of History.  In that capacity he is also editor of the Journal of Mennonite Studies and director of the Mennonite History Graduate Fellowship Program.  He is also series editor of the “Ethnicity and Culture History Series” at University of Manitoba Press.  His research interests include: North American immigration history; North American rural history; Canadian ethnic history; 19th and 20th century history of Mennonites in the Americas.

His published works focus on changing religious practice, concepts of non-violence, gender relations, moral economies, transnational networks, rural dislocation, international migration, ethnic reinvention, the linkage of text and time, family history.  His most recent research project considers the environmental history of seven Mennonite farm communities around world, and focuses in particular on the relationship of religious ideas on nature and community to climate change, state policy and global markets.


Selected Publications

Village Among Nations: ‘Canadian’ Mennonites in a Transnational World, 1916-2006. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013

(with Gerald Friesen), Immigrants in Prairie Cities: A Century of Canadian Cultural Diversity (University of Toronto Press, 2009).

Diaspora in the Countryside: Two Mennonite Communities and Mid Twentieth Century Rural Disjuncture (University of Toronto Press and University of Illinois Press, 2006).

Ethnic Farmers in Western Canada (booklet). Canadian Historical Association, 2002.

Hidden Worlds: Revisiting the Mennonite Migrants of the 1870s. University of Manitoba Press, 2001.

From the Inside Out: the Worlds of Mennonite Diarists, 1863-1929. University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Family, Church and Market: Mennonites Communities in the Old and the New Worlds, 1850-1930. University of Toronto Press, 1993.

Blumenort: A Mennonite Community in Transition, 1874-1983 (Blumenort, Manitoba, 1983).