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Challenge or opportunity?

Examining religious diversity in Canada and the world.

Our team of 37 researchers from across the globe is looking at these questions and weighing in on religious issues in Canada and abroad from a variety of perspectives including: religion, law, communication, sociology, history, political science, education and philosophy. If you want to challenge the way you think, keep on browsing to find out about exciting events taking place on and off campus, to read thought-provoking research findings and learn more about current news events. Open your mind and be daring.

What's New...

Congratulations to Project Director Lori G. Beman and to our Student Team Member Steven Tomlins on the publication of the edited volume Atheist Identities; Spaces and Social Contexts. The book offers an interdisciplinary comparative approach to the analysis of issues relating to atheism, such as demography, community engagement, gen-der politics, stigmatism, and legal action. It also includes chapters by our Team Member Peter Beyer and by out Student Team Member Christopher R. Cotter. Please click here for more information.

We invite you to join us for Meera Baindur's lecture entitled "Nature in Indian Thought: Sacred Narratives and Place" that will be given as part of our Critical Thinkers in Religion, Law and Social Theory 2014-2015 series. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at the University of Ottawa, Simard 129, at 4pm. Please click here for more information.

The "Resistance and Collaboration under Com-munism Workshop," orga-nised by our Team Member Barbara Thériault, Student Team Member Monica Grigore, Lavinia Stan and Lucian Turcescu will be held at the University of Montréal on Friday, February 27, 2015. The central theme of this workshop is resistance and collaboration of religious groups' members and leaders with political authorities in communist Europe after World War II. Please click here for more information.

Noteworthy Annoucements

Read about announcements, special mentions and noteworthy activities involving the Religion and Diversity Project team members. Click here to access our "Noteworthy" page.

Religion and Diversity Project Ongoing Research Projects

Web-based Survey on Religious Identity (III): Application through Case Studies - Peter Beyer

This research project has delivered two preliminary analyses of survey data collected up to September 2014. Team Member Peter Beyer presented papers to this effect at the "Youth, Religion, and Identity: A Canadian and International Workshop", held at the University of Ottawa from October 16-18, 2014 (click here to read the Workshop report) and at the annual conference of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR) in early November 2014. During the fall of 2014, the research team also conducted 30 follow-up and 11 longitudinal interviews and is continuing to conduct such interviews in 2015. Recruitment for the online survey is also ongoing. Student Team Members Scott Craig and Alyshea Cummins are carrying out further analysis of the survey data. Further communication of results will take place at this year’s Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, May 30 - June 5, 2015, in Ottawa.For more details on this project, please click here.

February 5, 2015

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Events Calendar
March 2015
February 2015 April 2015

Critical Thinkers Lecture - Meera Baindur (Manipal University)

We invite you to attend a Critical Thinkers in Religion, Law and Social Theory lecture that will be offered by Meera Baindur (Manipal University) on Tuesday March 3, 2015, at the University of Ottawa. Please click here for more information. 


*New Issue* E-Journal - Regulating Religion

We are pleased to announce that the new Winter 2015 issue of the Religion and Diversity Project E-Journal Regulating Religion is now available. Please click here to read this issue.  


Postdoctoral Fellowship - Winter/Spring 2015

Thank you for submitting your applications for the postdoctoral fellowship financed by the Religion and Diversity Project, at the University of Montreal’s Faculté de théologie et de sciences des religions, with Solange Lefebvre, Chaire religion, culture et société. Please click here for more information. 


Cultural and Religious Identity among 18-40 Year-olds in Canada

Are you between the ages of 18 and 40 and Living in Canada? Interested in participating in a survey regarding cultural and religious identity? Please click here for more information.