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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...

The “Norms of Religious Minority Participation: Fields of Practice” international conference led by our Team Members Avigail Eisenberg, Paul Bramadat, Pamela Klassen and by Patti Lenard will be held at the University of Victoria, in Victoria, British Columbia from November 28-29, 2014. This conference will address the place of religious minorities in four fields of practice: healthcare; security; education; and environmental assess- ments. Please click here for more information.

Lori G. Beaman and Gary Bouma will be giving keynote addresses at “Religion, Diversity and Governance,” the 2014 Annual Conference of the Australian Association for the Study of Religion (AASR) that will be held from December 3-5, 2014 at the Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. Please click here for more information.

The 2014 American Academy of Religion (AAR) Annual Meeting will see the participation of several Religion and Diversity Project team members. Patrice Brodeur, Pamela Klassen, Rubina Ramji, Winnifred Sullivan, and student team members Christine L. Cusack and Stéphanie Gravel will be participating in the meeting that will take place in San Diego, California, from November 22-25, 2014. Please click here for the conference programme.

Noteworthy Announcement

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

Religion, Gender and Sexuality among Youth Project

Through 2014, the Religion, Gender and Sexuality among Youth in Canada research team, comprised of Team Member Pamela Dickey Young (Primary Investigator), Heather Shipley (Collaborator), and Student Team Member Ian Alexander Cuthbertson (Research Assistant), interviewed survey participants and collected video diaries. Data analysis is underway, evidenced in multiple conference presentations and publications. 

To learn more about this project, please click here.

October 22, 2014

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Events Calendar
November 2014
October 2014 December 2014

Elisabeth Arweck Lecture ♦ Videos and Pictures
We are please to announce that the videos and pictures of Elisabeth Arweck's lecture entitled "Religious Diversity in the UK: How the Attitudes and Views of 13–16-Year-Old Students Interact with their Own (Non-)Religious Identities," given on October 16, 2014, at the University of Ottawa, are now available. Please visit our "2014 Event Photo Gallery" or our RelDivProject YouTube channel to view them.


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.


E-Journal Regulating Religion

Who defines religion and what impact does this have on the right to religious freedom? Louise Tardif in her article explores the Supreme Court of Canada’s understanding of religion in recent religious freedom cases. She discusses how the court's reading of religion has been shifting from understanding it both in terms of a collective and individual practice and belief, to solely an individual and subjective pursuit. She reflects on the consequences of this shift for religious communities and for the (im) possibility of achieving religious freedom in Canada. To read Louise's article, please click here.


Religion and Diversity Project Spring 2014 Newsletter

The Religion and Diversity Project Spring 2014 newsletter is now available. Read this issue to learn about research and project updates, events, visiting fellows, team member publications, and much more.