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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 team member Pascale Fournier on having been elected to the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada!

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We were delighted to have so manyReligion and Diversity Project members participate in the 78th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion (August 19-21, 2016, Seattle, Washington). Conference presentations were made by: Project Director Lori G. Beaman (Presidential Address), Team Members Peter Beyer, James Richardson, Michael Wilkinson, Nancy Nason-Clark, Solange Lefebvre, Gary Bouma, Pamela Dickey Young, Linda Woodhead (Paul Hanly Furfey Lecture), James Beckford and Susan J. Palmer, Postdoctoral Fellows Sara Teinturierand Monica Grigore Dovlete, Student Team Members Christine L. Cusack,Keelin Pringnitz and Leo Van Arragon, Project Manager Heather Shipley and Research Associate Cathy Holtmann

Please click here for the conference program.

The Religion and Diversity Project would like to congratulate Jean-François Gaudreault-Desbiens (University of Montreal) on having been chosen as one of the new members of the Royal Society of Canada!

Please click here to read the article featured on the University of Montreal's website.

Current Projects of the Religion and Diversity Project

Congratulations to our student member, Jason W.M. Ellsworth (supervised by Christopher Helland) who was awarded a Religion and Diversity Project grant for graduate students. This grant offers financial support to graduate level students who are supervised by a team member, in order to assist them in completing an original research project that is linked to their own research topic, but that also falls in line with the aims of the Religion and Diversity Project.

To obtain a complete list of all student members who have received this grant, and in order to read their reports, please click here.

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Events Calendar
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Critical Thinkers Lecture: What is Catholic About the Clergy Sexual Abuse Crisis? 

September 29, 2016 at 5 p.m.

In this lecture, Robert Orsi looks at how the sexual abuse of children and adolescents by priests was specifically Catholic in its origins and dynamics, not the product solely of individual psychopathology. Orsi argues that the clergy sex abuse crisis has to do with Catholic understandings of the nature of the priesthood, Catholic attitudes towards children, the web of relationships that make up Catholic parishes, and the tension between Catholicism and the modern world, among other things. 

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Centre de ressources et d'observation de l'innovation religieuse (CROIR)

Le Centre de ressources et d'observation de l'innovation religieuse (CROIR) de l'Université Laval offre à la communauté universitaire et à la population de la grande région de Québec des services d'information, de référence et de formation dans le domaine des croyances en général, des groupes religieux et spirituels, et des manifestations d'innovation religieuse dans les grandes religions instituées.

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Team Members' Publications

Numerous publications including books, edited volumes, journal articles, and reports have been written or edited by our Religion and Diversity Project team members. Please visit our recently updated “Team Members' Publications” page to obtain a detailed list of these publications and their bibliographic references. 


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