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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...

Read an article written by our Team Member Natasha Bakht and Student Team Member Jordan Palmer entitled “The courts and the veil: Justice for some?” published on the iPolitics website on July 31, 2014. Please click here to read the article.


Guillaume Boucher (Univer- sity of Montreal) will be giving a lecture entitled "À la recherche de la diversité religieuse régionale : quelques défis liés à l'approche ethno- graphique" on Monday, October 6, 2014, at the University of Montreal. It will be given as part of the "Laboratoire de recherche empirique sur les groupes religieux" lecture series organised by Solange Lefebvre's Chaire in Religion, Culture and Society. Please click here for more information.

Good luck to our Student Team Member Louis-Charles Gagnon-Tessier, who will be defending his doctoral dissertation entitled "Catholicisme et postmodernité : analyses philosophiques à partir de débats publics Québé- cois" on Friday, October 3, 2014. Please click here for more information.

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 and Diversity Project 2014-2015 Innovation Grants

Congratulations to our team members Pascale Fournier, Pamela Klassen and Barbara Thériault. They were awarded 2014-2015 Innovation Grants from the Religion and Diversity Project for the following research projects.

  • Pascale Fournier: "Le sécularisme et les femmes de minorité religieuse"
  • Pamela Klassen: "Digital Dissemination of Spiritual Invention of a Nation: Media and Missionaries on Indian Land"
  • Barbara Thériault: "La religion en miniature: de la prison à la maison de transition"

For more information on these projects, please click here.

September 26, 2014

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Events Calendar
October 2014
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Upcoming Event

Do not miss Elisabeth Arweck's (University of Warwick) 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" that will be given as part of the "Critical Thinkers in Religion, Law and Social Theory" lecture series. The lecture will take place at the University of Ottawa on Thursday, October 16 at 4pm in Simard Hall, room 129. 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.


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.