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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 our Team Member Anver Emon on the publication of the edited volume entitled Islamic and Jewish Legal Reasoning: Encountering our Legal Other (Oneworld Publications, 2016). This book brings together a scholar of Islamic law and a scholar of Jewish law and explores a new perspective that not “only provides a deeper understanding of the other’s legal tradition, but it also reveals new insights into the one’s own legal tradition, shedding light on what we had previously been too close to observe.” For more information on this publication, please click here

Our Project Director Lori G. Beaman and our Team Members James T. Richardson will be participating in the Religions and Human Rights International Conference that will be held from April 14-15, 2016, in Padua, Italy. For more information and to obtain the conference programme, please click here

Submissions for Volume 9, The Changing Faces of Catholicism of the Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion, edited by our Team Member Solange Lefebvre and Alfonso Pérez-Agote, are now being accepted. The editors are seeking out contributors who can address questions raised in the sociology of religion about Catholicism with authors representing regional and cultural variation. For more information, please click here



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

Congratulations to our Student Team Member Jason W. M. Ellsworth (supervised by Christopher Helland) who has received a Religion and Diversity Project Graduate Student Grant for 2016-2017.  This grant provides financial support for graduate students supervised by a team member to help them conduct original research related to their own graduate research and within the parameters of the Project.

To obtain a list of our student team members who have received this grant and to read their reports, please click here.

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Events Calendar
May 2016
April 2016 September 2016

Lecture ♦ James A. Beckford

We invite you to attend a lecture that will be given by our Team Member James A. Beckford entitled “Le religieux et le social : contradiction ou tautologie?” as part of the “Les Belles Soirées” lecture series organised by Solange Lefebvre’s Chair for the Management of Cultural and Religious Diversity in collaboration with the Religion and Diversity Project. This lecture will take place on April 27, 2016, at the University of Montreal and will explore the question of how - and by what means - the “social” concept can help us better understand religious phenomena. For more information, please click here


Research Centres

The Project is happy to provide information about research centres, initiatives and projects across Canada and beyond that are focusing on the examination of religion, diversity, pluralism and society through its “Research Centres” page. The Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, led by our Team Member Paul Bramadat (Director), is an interdisciplinary research centre located at the University of Victoria. Its mission is to foster the scholarly study of religion in relation to any and all aspects of society and culture, both contemporary and historical. To learn more about this centre, please click here.


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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