Academics


Humanities & Communication

Chair, Department of Humanities and Communication

Associate Professor

(518) 694-7385
michael.pittman@acphs.edu

Michael Pittman, PH.D.

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Religious Studies, State University of New York at Stony Brook

COURSES TAUGHT AT ACPHS

  • Religion and Film 
  • Middle Eastern Literature and Film
  • Islam and Sufism 
  • Introduction to Buddhism 
  • The Short Story
  • The Pre-modern World
  • The Modern World

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • G.I. Gurdjieff and the Role of Orality in Spiritual Teaching and Practice; Sufi Poetry; Religious Themes in Medieval Literature; Classical Themes in Contemporary Sufism and Buddhism. Faith and Redemption in the films of Andrei Tarkovsky, Lars von Trier, and Wim Wenders; The Islamic Other in Iranian Cinema.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Book

"Classical Spirituality in Contemporary America: The Confluence and Contribution of G.I. Gurdjieff and Sufism", Continuum Publishing, London, May 2012.

Edited Book

"G.I. Gurdjieff: Armenian Roots, Global Branches", Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Cambridge, UK, 2008.

Chapters

"G.I. Gurdjieff: Cosmopolitanism in the Late 19th/Early 20th Century Caucasus". In Creoles, Diasporas, Cosmopolitanisms: The Creolization of Nations, Cultural Languages, Global Languages and Literatures. David Gallagher, editor. Academica Press, Palo Alto, CA, 2012, pages 499-511.

"Problematizing East-West Essentialisms: Discourse, Authorhood, and Identity Crisis in Orhan Pamuk's Beyaz Kale (The White Castle)". In Global Perspectives on Orhan Pamuk's Literature: Existentialism and Politics. Mehnaz Mona-Afridi and David Buyze, editors. Palgrave-Macmillan Press, New York, 2012, pages 63-74.

"Introduction" in G.I. Gurdjieff: Armenian Roots, Global Branches. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Cambridge, UK, 2008, pages vii-xv.

"Laughter as Demolition and Reconstruction in Beelzebub's Tales" in G.I. Gurdjieff: Armenian Roots, Global Branches. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Cambridge, UK, 2008, pages 13-32.

"Preliminary Remarks on Soul-Making in Beelzebub's Tales" in G.I. Gurdjieff: Armenian Roots, Global Branches. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Cambridge, UK, 2008, pages 44-56.

"Gurdjieff's View of Education in Beelzebub's Tales" in G.I. Gurdjieff: Armenian Roots, Global Branches. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Cambridge, UK, 2008, pages 68-76.

"Soul-Making in Beelzebub's Tales to his Grandson", Proceedings of the All and Everything International Humanities Conference. Seymour Ginsburg and Ian MacFarlane, editors. England, 2007, pages 79-96."

Gurdjieffan Laughter: Demolition and Reconstruction", Proceedings of the All and Everything International Humanities Conference. Seymour Ginsburg and Ian MacFarlane, editors. England, 2006, pages 133-153.

Articles

"Majid Majidi and Baran: Iranian Cinematic Poetics and the Spiritual Poverty of Rumi"in Journal of Religion and Film, vol. 15, no. 2, October 2011.