Michael Pittman, Ph.D.

Bio: 

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.

Chair, Department of Humanities and Communication
Associate Professor
Department of Humanities and Communication