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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...


This year’s 33rd International Society for the Sociology of Religion (ISSR) Conference on the theme of "Sensing religion" will include the participation of several Religion and Diversity Project team members, student team members and research associates. The conference will take place in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, from July 2-5, 2015. For information regarding our team member's involvement, please consult the conference programme

We proudly announce that our Team Member Benjamin Berger will be assuming the role of the Osgoode Hall Law School's inaugural Associate Dean (Students), effective July 1, 2015. "Please join me in welcoming Professor Berger to this important role. I have no doubt that Professor Berger will make tremendous contributions to the Osgoode community and especially the student experience during his appointment" (Osgoode Dean, Lorne Sossin). For more information, please click here. 

We would like to congratulate our former Religion and Diversity Project Student Team Member Mohamed Fadil who was appointed Assistant Professor of Higher Education at the Sociology Department, Faculté des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines Fès-Sais, at the Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University in Morocco. 

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

New Project Reports

We invite you to learn more about our team member's research by reading the latest project reports added to our "Team Research Projects" section: 

Recently added reports: 

  • Donald Boisvert, "What kind of man are you?: Same-sex relations, masculinity and Anglican Angst". Report 
  • Anver Emon, "The Muslim male scholar as feminist authority". Report 
  • Rukhsana Ahmed, "An assessment of health beliefs among Muslim women in Canada: Implications for culturally and religiously appropriate health care practice". Report

June 5, 2015

Click here to read archived announcements.

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Call for Applications - Religion and Diversity Project Postdoctoral Fellowship 2015-2016

We invite you to apply for the postdoctoral fellowship financed by the Religion and Diversity Project, to be held at the University of Ottawa and supervised by our Project Director Lori G. Beaman. The project will examine the local regulation of religion, including resistance, negotiation and navigation of that regulation by religious groups. Please submit a complete application no later than 5pm (EST) July 17, 2015. For more information, please click here.


Scholars as Resources

We are pleased to have added Jasjit Singh, University Academic Fellow at the University of Leeds, to our "Scholars as Resources" page. Jasjit's research examines religious identity and processes of religious and cultural transmission among members of minority religious communities. To find out more about Jasjit Singh's research interests and publications, please click here.


New web page! Youth, Religion and Identity Workshop

We invite you to visit our newly created "Youth, Religion and Identity Workshop" web page. This workshop was held at the University of Ottawa on October 16-18, 2014, and was organised by Peter Beyer, Paul Gareau and Spencer Bullivant.

This new page includes:

  • a description and the themes of the workshop;
  • a list of the participants;
  • videos of the discussions;
  • and videos of the presentations. 

To access the page, please click here.


E-Journal - Regulating Religion

How does religion adapt to traffic laws? And how do traffic laws adapt to religion? Raphaël Mathieu Legault Laberge explores these original questions through his study of the Old Order in Ontario, who travel by carriage as they are prohibited from owning a car. The article clearly outlines the negotiation process between the members of the Old Order and the provincial government, both called upon to make concessions. Please click here to read this article.