Ronjon Paul Datta, PhD, MA, BAH, BTh
July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020
Research and Teaching Areas
As a social theorist, Dr. Datta’s work focuses on metatheory, power and the sacred in society. His current research is focused on Durkheim and religion. He has published on a variety of topics including: suicidality, social support and social pathology; zombie capitalism and the political economy of debt; religion and the sacred; the philosophy of social science; justice, post-politics and security; cosmopolitanism; aleatory materialism; Critical Realism; and theorists such as Durkheim, Foucault, Agamben, and Althusser, among others. He was recently awarded the 2018-2019 Humanities Research Group Fellowship in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Windsor. Prior to arriving in Windsor in 2013, he was Assistant Professor of Social Theory and Culture and Director of the Intermedia Research Studio in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta. He has also worked as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Mount Allison University. Dr. Datta was awarded a Governor General of Canada Academic Gold Medal for his doctoral work on Michel Foucault, social theory, political sociology, and the philosophy of social science, and received the Bill Meloff Memorial Teaching Award from the University of Alberta. In December 2015, he received an "Innovation Award for Recruitment" from the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at UWindsor. Dr. Datta serves as an Associate Editor at The Canadian Journal of Sociology, is a member of the editorial collective of the Annual Review of Interdisciplinary Justice Research, and is a co-founder and member of the Organizing Committee for the Canadian Network of Durkheimian Studies, an official Research Cluster of the Canadian Sociological Association.
Recent Courses Taught
- Morals, Markets, and Myths (48-222) at the second-year level (an introduction to economic sociology)
- Theorizing Social Life (48-291) at the second-year level
- Contemporary Social Theory (48-391) at the third-year level
- Advanced Seminar in Social Theory (48-405) at the fourth-year level
- Sociological Theory (48-600) at the MA and PhD level
- PhD, Carleton University, (Sociology, Dr. Alan Hunt - Supervisor)
- MA, Queen's University at Kingston, (Sociology, Dr. Frank Pearce - Supervisor)
- BA, Honours, Trent University (Sociology - First Class)
- BTh, Eastern Pentecostal Bible College (Pastoral Theology - Highest Honours)
Recent and Key Publications
- Datta, Ronjon Paul. In Progress. Durkheim on Religion. Key Thinkers in Religious Studies. Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge
Datta, Ronjon Paul. 2019 In Press. You Only Get What You Give? A New Radical Durkeimian Political Economy of Sacrifice. Turkish Journal of Sociology, Special Issue: Rethinking Durkeim, Eds. Aynur Erdoğan Coşkun and Philip Smith.
Datta, Ronjon Paul. 2018. Theorizing fiscal sacrifices in zombie capitalism: A radical Durkheimian Approach. In Revisiting Crimes of the Powerful: Revisiting Crimes of the Powerful: Marxism, crime and deviance. Eds. M Beare, S. Tombs, S. Bittle, L. Snider, D. Whyte. New York: Routledge, pp. 87-110.
Nakhaie, Reza and Datta, Ronjon Paul. 2018. Who’s Got My Back? A Neo-Durkheimian Analysis of Suicidality and Perceptions of Social Support in British Columbia and Saskatchewan. The Canadian Journal of Sociology, pp. 13-169.
- Datta, Ronjon Paul. 2017. Zombie Capitalism and the Collective Conscience: Between Bataille and Agamben. Interdisciplinary Approaches to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse 1: 59-73.
- Datta, Ronjon Paul, and Milbrandt, Tara Hope. 2014. The Elementary Forms of Religious Life: Discursive Monument, Symbolic Feast. Introduction to Special Issue. The Canadian Journal of Sociology 39(4):473-522.
- Datta, Ronjon Paul, and Milbrandt, Tara Hope. 2014 (eds.). Special Issue. Durkheim’s Elementary Forms of Religious Life: Contemporary Engagements. The Canadian Journal of Sociology, 39(4):473-777.
- Datta, Ronjon Paul. 2013. Mundane Cosmopolitanism, Mobility and Social Justice: A Durkheimian Approach. Mobilities, Knowledge and Social Justice. Ed. Suzan Ilcan. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press.
- Datta, Ronjon Paul. 2012. Foucault’s Struggle for Justice: Bourgeois versus Popular Conceptions. Thinking About Justice: A Book of Readings, eds. Kelly Gorkoff and Richard Jochelson, Halifax and Winnipeg: Fernwood Books, pp. 101-121.
- Datta, Ronjon Paul. 2011. Security and the Void: Aleatory Materialism contra Governmentality. Anti-Security, eds. George Rigakos and Mark Neocleous, Ottawa: Red Quill Books, pp. 217-241.
- Datta, Ronjon Paul. 2011. Time for Zombies: Sacrifice and the Structural Phenomenology of Capitalist Futures. Race, Oppression and the Zombie, eds. Moreman, C. M. and Rushton, C. J., Jefferson, NC: McFarland, pp. 77-92. (Co-authored with Laura MacDonald).
- Datta, Ronjon Paul, Frauley, Jonathan, and Pearce, Frank. 2010. Situation Critical: For a Critical, Reflexive, Realist, Emancipatory Social Science, Journal of Critical Realism Vol. 9 (2): 227-247.
- Datta, Ronjon Paul. 2010. From Political Emergencies and States of Exception to Exceptional States and Emergent Politics: A Neo-Durkheimian Alternative to Agamben. Durkheim and Violence, International Social Science Journal, UNESCO: Paris and Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 169-183.
- Datta, Ronjon Paul. 2008. Politics and Existence: Totems, Dispositifs and some Striking Parallels between Durkheim and Foucault’, Journal of Classical Sociology, Vol. 8 (2), pp. 285-307.
- Datta, Ronjon Paul. 2007. From Foucault’s Genealogy to Aleatory Materialism: Realism, Nominalism and Politics. Critical Realism and the Social Sciences: Heterodox Elaborations, (eds.) Jon Frauley and Frank Pearce, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, pp. 273-295.
- Humanities Research Group Fellowship, Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, The University of Windsor, (2018-2019).
- Innovation Award (Recruitment), Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, The University of Windsor (2015).
- Bill Meloff Memorial Teaching Award, The Department of Sociology,The University of Alberta (2013).
- Governor General of Canada Academic Gold Medal (2008).
- University Medal for Outstanding Graduate Work – Doctoral Level, Carleton University (2008).
Academic Society Involvement
- Co-founder and member of the Organizing Committee for the Canadian Network of Durkheimian Studies, a Canadian Sociological Association Research Cluster
- Associate Editor at The Canadian Journal of Sociology
- Editorial Collective Member, Annual Review of Interdisciplinary Justice Research