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Announcements and Special Mentions in 2012

Our Team Members Lori G. Beaman, Solange Lefebvre, Kim Knott, Jean-François Gaudreault-DesBiens, and Linda Woodhead were in Belgium to discuss religious diversity in Canada at the 2012 Religare Conference "Secularism and Religious Diversity in Europe:Opportunities and Perspectives." Please click here for more information.

Donald Boisvert is currently on sabbatical, working on a book which examines the multiple uses of young saints in the formation of a Catholic sexual pedagogy. In August, he was the keynote speaker at the annual conference of Affirm United, the United Church of Canada's LGBT group. In September, he delivered a paper at the International Harry Hay Centennial Conference at CUNY in New York City.

Rebecca Johnson participated in the Faces of UVic Research series. Listen to her speak about her research on religion and sexuality in the Faces of UVic series.

Solange Lefebvre participated in a panel, with David Shannon, Director and Chief Executive Officer, Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, on the theme "Le multiculturalisme. De la célébration des différences à la citoyenneté inclusive" on October 17, 2012.

Congratulations to Gary Bouma who was elected President of the Australian Association for the Study of Religions (AASR).

Pamela Dickey Young and Heather Shipley were invited to talk about the Religion, Gender and Sexuality among Youth (RGSY) project at the University of Nottingham on September 3, 2012. The talk, entitled, "Religion, Gender and Sexuality among Youth in Canada" was a report on the current state of the RGSY research This talk was given as part of a larger event entitled "Religion, Youth and Sexuality: Stories from the United Kingdom and Canada," where Andrew Yip and Sarah Jane Page also talked about their Religion, Youth and Sexuality project in the UK. The enthusiastic audience was composed of academics and those who work with youth in religious organisations and in community projects.

Congratulations to our Team member Michael Wilkinson. His book entitled Global Pentecostal Movements: Migration, Mission, and Public Religion was published by Brill. For more information, please click here

Pamela Dickey Young gave a presentation entitled "Religion and Violence in the Lives of Gay and Lesbian Christians," at the New Forms of Public Religion event held at St. John’s College in Cambridge, on September 7, 2012.

Pamela Dickey Young's book entitled Religion, Sex and Politics: Christian Churches and Same-Sex Marriage in Canada was published by Fernwood Publishing. To learn more about this book, please click here

Congratulations to our Team Member Anver M. Emon for the publication of his recent book, Religious Pluralism and Islamic Law: Dhimmis and Others in the Empire of LawClick here to read more and to find out how to order a copy this book. More publications by Anver Emon and other team members can be found in the Reading Corner.

The project entitled "Pathways to Prosperity Partnership" was awarded a $2.5 million grant to support settlement and integration of immigrants across Canada. Congratulations to our Team member Rubina Ramji who is a collaborator on this project. To find out more about this project, click here. 

Our Project Director Lori G. Beaman, in collaboration with Marie-Claire Foblets, received funding from the International Research Acceleration Programme (IRAP) of the University of Ottawa for their project entitled "Patterns of Governing Religion". Congratulations. 

Congratulations to Lene Kühle (Religion and Diversity Project Visiting Fellow, 2011-2012), William Hoverd (Religion and Diversity Project DFAIT Postdoc, 2011-2012), Jørn Borup and Tim Jensen for being awarded a Danish Research Council grant for their research on "Network for the Critical Study of Religious Diversity Methodologies." The idea for the network was developed while Lene and William were both resident at the Religion and Diversity Project research lab at the University of Ottawa.The network will also include Team Members Paul Bramadat and Kim Knott.

Congratulations to graduate student Stephanie Voudouris, who is the successful applicant for the 2012 summer internship with the Religion and Diversity Project. The internship will entail examination of human rights best practice in negotiating, accommodating and inclusively designing for religious diversity within everyday settings and organisational contexts governed by the Ontario's Human Rights Code.

The 2012-2013 Religion and Diversity Project Graduate Research Grants have been awarded. These grants provide financial support for graduate students supervised by a Religion and Diversity Project team member to help them conduct original research (e.g. fieldwork or archival research) related to their own graduate research and within the parameters of the project.

Congratulations to the following students:

Name Institution Supervisor
Årsheim, Helge University of Oslo Winnifred Sullivan
Ruiz, Giomny H. Université de Montréal Solange Lefebvre
Holtmann, Cathy University of New Brunswick Nancy Nason-Clark
Rangdrol, David University of Ottawa André Laliberté
Riikonen, Tanja Université de Montréal Patrice Brodeur

Read how the grants have helped the students in their research by reading their reports.

Congratulations to our Team Member Barbara Thériault, a co-investigator on Laurence McFalls' project entitled "International Research Training Group on Diversity," for receiving a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Development Grant.

We would like to congratulate our Team member Solange Lefebvre. Her project entitled "Diversité culturelle et religieuse dans quatre contextes nationaux : étude comparée de la dynamique identitaire et de la régulation de la religion," was financed by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSRC) from 2012 to 2017.

Congratulations to our Team Member Kim Knott and Project Director Lori G. Beaman. Their project "Religion, discourse and diversity: UK/Canada collaboration" received funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). 

Congratulations to Team Member Pascale Fournier who is now the University Chair in Legal Pluralism and Comparative Law at the University of Ottawa.

In January 2012, the Religion and Diversity Project took part in the Ontario Human Rights Commission's Policy Dialogue: Creed, Freedom of Religion and Human Rights.

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