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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...

Religion and Diversity Project research associate Anna Halafoff was recently interviewed about the research for a program about the History of Buddhism in Australia as practiced by Westerners. The interview was aired on Encounter ABC Radio National on Saturday, December 13, 2014. Please click here to listen to the interview.

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

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

The current phase of this research is conducting an online survey on religious identity that will include adults from 18-40 years old from all parts of the country, of all religious identities, and of all backgrounds. In conjunction with this survey a longitudinal portion is re-interviewing approximately 100 of the participants in the previous two phases of the project at 5 or 10 year intervals from their initial participation. The aim is to discover continuities and changes in religious identity as these second generation participants move into their more mature adults lives and to compare those identities with the broader Canadian population.

For more details on this project, please click here.

December 18, 2014

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Events Calendar
December 2014
November 2014 February 2015

Postdoctoral Fellowship - Winter/Spring 2015

We invite you to learn more about the competition opening for a 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.


E-Journal Regulating Religion

Where do we draw the line between a parent’s right to educate their child in accordance with their religious beliefs and the child’s best interest? Dia Dabby, draws on a recent Canadian decision: Director and Family services v. D.M.P et al, [2010] MBQB 32 to propose that we adopt a new lens to help us analyze the web of relationships and competing claims that structure this question. Building on the work of Jennifer Nedelsky, she explores the limits of boundaries and bounded metaphors to grasp the complexities of relationships in religious freedom cases, and invites us to think of the human skin as an alternative spatial metaphor to better appreciate the nuances of these relationships. To read Dia Dabby's article, please click here.


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.