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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 Research Associate Anna Halafoff and Matthew Clarke on the publication of their book titled "Religion and Development in the Asia-Pacific: Sacred Places as Development Spaces".

To obtain more information on this publication or to purchase a copy, please click here.

Congratulations to Lori G. Beaman (Project Director), Peter Beyer (team member) and Christine L. Cusack (student team member) on contributing a chapter (Young People and Religious Diversity: A Canadian Perspective) to the book titled: "Young People’s Attitudes to Religious Diversity", edited by Elisabeth Arweck!

Please click here for more information on this new publication.

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

Please click here for more information.

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.

To access the archived announcements, please click here.

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Events Calendar
October 2016
September 2016  

Critical Thinkers Lecture: India’s ‘Religious Suicides’ and the Legal-Secular Question

October 13, 2016 at 4 p.m.

What happens when a traditional religious practice conflicts with modern secular law? This talk addresses this central question as it looks at the tensions that arise when a religious tradition endorses the self-extinguishment of human life in a legal system that treats suicide as a criminal offence. It explores the doctrinal-scriptural, ethical, medico-legal and sociological aspects of Santhara — a Jain practice in which a person fasts unto death — and examines how religion, law and constitutional secularism intersect in the ongoing debate outside the courtroom and in the litigation over the legality of the practice.

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Religion in the Metropolis (Part of the Metropolis Project)

Hosted at the University of Toronto, Metropolis is an international network for comparative research and public policy development on migration, diversity, and immigrant integration in cities in Canada and around the world. The international arm of the Project involves partnerships with policy makers and researchers from over 20 countries, including the United States, most of Western Europe, Israel, Argentina and the Asia-Pacific.

For more information, 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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