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2013


Announcements and Special Mentions in 2013

Congratulations to team members Pascale Fournier and Valérie Amiraux who co-edited a Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture special issue entitled "'Illegal' Covering: Comparative Perspectives on Legal and Social Discourses on Religious Diversity." Please click here to read this special issue.


The report for the Whose Religion?: Education about Religion in Public Schools Workshop, held at the University of Ottawa from November 4- 6, 2013, is now available. To read the workshop report prepared by Student Team Member Leo Van Arragon and Jessica Ford, please click here.


The Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture's December 2013 newsletter is now available. Please click here to read this newsletter.


Congratulations to Team Member Gary Bouma who has received The Australian Sociological Association's 2013 Distinguished Service to Australian Sociology Award. The award recognises Gary Bouma's many years of service to the discipline, particularly his scholarship, education leadership, research and public engagement on religion and diversity in contemporary society.


Team Member Solange Lefebvre's Chair in Religion, Culture and Society (CRCS) 2012-2013 activity report is now available. Please click here to read the report (French) or here to learn more about the CRCS.


The book Polygamy's Rights and Wrongs: Perspectives on Harm, Family and Law, edited by Gillian Calder and Lori G. Beaman, has been published. Please click here to obtain more information on this book.


Our Team Member Pascale Fournier's new website is now live. Please click here to visit the website and to obtain more information on her current research, teaching, publications and more.


Don't forget to read our latest team member book recommendation from James A. Beckford on the piece Christianity and the University Experience. Understanding Student Faith. Please click here to read the recommendation.


A new edition of the Centre for the Studies in Religion & Society (CSRS) newsletter is now available. Please click here to read this newsletter. To obtain more information on the CSRS, directed by Team Member Paul Bramadat, please click here.


Team Member Barbara Thériault will be giving a lecture at the Université de Sherbrooke on Wednesday, November 27, 2013. The lecture (French) will be entitled "Porter le chapelet. Formes religieuses dans une prison de femmes" and will be given as part of the SoDRUS lecture series. Please click here for more information.


Congratulations to Team Member Pascale Fournier. The French translation of her book Mariages musulmans, tribunaux d'Occident was published by the Presses de Sciences Po. Click here for more information (French).


The book launch for Mariages musulmans, tribunaux d'Occident: les transplantations juridiques et le regard du droit organised by the Trudeau Foundation, will be held on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 from 5pm to 7pm at the Grande Bibliothèque in Montreal. Please click here for more information on the book launch.


Pascale Fournier participated in a collective book launch on Tuesday, November 19, 4pm, at the University of Ottawa’s Fauteux Hall. Ten law professors discussed their new books at this event organised by the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa.


Jean-Guy Nadeau will be giving a lecture entitled "Enquêter auprès de victimes d'abus sexuels: défis méthodologiques" in Montreal on November 20, 2013. For more information, please click here.


Religion and Diversity Project team members Michael Wilkinson and Samuel Reimer were successful co-applicants for a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Development Grant. Please click here for more information. 



Howard Kislowicz (University of New Brunswick) will be giving a lecture entitled "Faithful Translations? Cross-Cultural Communication in Religious Freedom Litigation" in Montreal on November 11, 2013. For more information, please click here.


The Media Democracy Days will be held in Ottawa on November 8-9, 2013. Please click here for more information or here to visit the MDD website.


Don’t miss Adam Dinham’s (Goldsmiths, University of London) lecture entitled "Religious Literacy Recovered: Talking Well About Religion After a Century of Secularism" on Monday, November 4th, 2013. Please click here for more information.


The Fall 2013 Religion and Diversity Project Newsletter is now available on our website. Please click here to read our latest newsletter or here to read past issues.


Don’t miss Linda Woodhead’s lecture entitled "Four Reasons why Religion has Changed and Will Never be the Same Again" on Thursday October 31, 2013. This lecture will be given as part of our Critical Thinkers in Religion, Law and Social Theory series. Please click here for more information.


Team Member Pamela Klassen’s student participated in the Q debate special hosted by Jian Ghomeshi entitled "Is the internet making us smarter or stupider?" on CBC Radio. Click here to listen to this debate.


Congratulations to Team Member Rukhsana Ahmed who received the 2012 Distinguished Edited Book Award by the Applied Communication Division of the National Communication Association (NCA) for her book (co-edited with Benjamin R. Bates) entitled Medical Communication in Clinical Contexts. For more information on the book, please click here.


Congratulations to Student Team Member Geoff Conrad (supervised by Benjamin Berger) who was awarded the Lt. Governor’s Silver Medal for best master’s thesis at the University of Victoria. Please click here for more details.


Don’t miss Paula Fredriksen’s (Boston University) lecture entitled "Paul, Practical Pluralism, and the Invention of Religious Persecution in Roman Antiquity" on Thursday, October 24, 2013. This lecture will be given as part of our Critical Thinkers in Religion, Law and Social Theory series. Please click here for more information.


Elizabeth Shakman Hurd has a new op-ed on the politics of religious engagement entitled  "Losing faith in faith-based outreach.”" Please click here to read it.


Congratulations to our team members Pascale Fournier, Christopher Helland, Pamela Klassen, Nancy Nason-Clark, Michael Wilkinson, Peter Beyer and Pamela Dickey Young who were awarded Religion and Diversity Project grants (2013/2014) for their research projects.


Check out our latest Religion and Diversity Project database "Topics on Modern Muslim Women" that is now available online. You may search through resources compiled by Rubina Ramji by clicking here.


Congratulations to Julia Martínez-Ariño who was awarded the Religion and Diversity Project postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Montreal’s Faculté de théologie et de sciences des religions.


Congratulations to Team Member Prema Kurien who received the National Science Foundation award. Her project is entitled "Political Incorporation of Minorities in Canada and the United States" (9-1-13 to 8-31-14).


Congratulations to Team Member Jean-François Gaudreault-DesBiens who was awarded the Advocatus Emeritus distinction by the Barreau du Québec.


Congratulations to Peter Beyer on the publication of his newest book entitled "Religion in the Context of Globalization" by Routledge. Click here for more information on Peter's publication.


We are very pleased to have seen so many Religion and Diversity Project team members at the SISR conference that was held in Turku, Finland, this June. Peter Beyer, Lori G. Beaman, Valérie Amiraux, James A. Beckford, Donald Boisvert, André Laliberté, Barbara Thériault and Student Team Member Stéphanie Gravel all participated in this international conference. We look forward to seeing many of you in New York for the ASR in August.


Find out more about the Living with Religious Diversity International Seminar that was held in Delhi, India in February 2013. For more information please click here. To access the website which includes the program, videos, photos and abstracts, please click here.


Congratulations to Team Member Rubina Ramji who was awarded a multi-investigator SSHRC Insight Grant (2013-2017) for her project entitled "New Muslim public spheres in the digital age: identity, community, diversity and authority in Canada."


Congratulations to Ian Brodie and Team Member Rubina Ramji who were awarded funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Leader’s Opportunity Fund to construct a Media Interpretation and Reception Lab (MIRLab) at Cape Breton University (CBU).


Congratulations to Team Member James Richardson, who has been elected President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR). Please click here for more information.


Religion and Diversity Project Team Member Rukhsana Ahmed has co-edited a volume on health communication. The volume entitled Health Communication and Mass Media is a much needed resource for those with a professional or academic interest in the field of health communication. Please click here to obtain more information.


Studies in Religion (2013) has released a special issue featuring Religion and Diversity Project team members’ presentations from our 2011 Annual Team Meeting.  The selection of papers is edited by Pamela Dickey Young and is available online.  Please click here for more information or to access the articles.


Nancy Nason-Clark will deliver a keynote address discussing the impact of religion in domestic violence cases at The Study of Religion in Atlantic Canada workshop series at Saint Mary’s University, Tuesday, May 28 at 7pm at the Sobey School of Business. Click here for more information.


A concilium entitled Living with Diversity. Ethical and Theological Analysis & Panel and General Discussion on Pope Francis will be held in Montreal from May 29-30, 2013 at the University of Montreal and will be hosted by Team Member Solange Lefebvre. Please click here for more information.


Competition opening for a postdoctoral fellowship financed by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funded Major Collaborative Research Initiatives (MCRI), Religion and Diversity Project, at the University of Montreal’s Faculté de théologie et de sciences des religions. Please click here for more information.


The Diversity and Equity Research Group (DERG) presents a lecture entitled "Working with Diversity: A geographical analysis of ethnic and racial heterogeneity in Toronto workplaces" by Brian K. Ray. For additional information, please click here.


Congratulations to Gary Bouma who was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for services to Sociology, to Interfaith Dialogue & Relations and to the Anglican Church at the Government House in Melbourne on the 14 April 2013.


Congratulations to Pamela Klassen who won the American Academy of Religion Award of Excellence in Analytical-Descriptive Studies for Spirits of Protestantism: Medicine, Healing, and Liberal Christianity.


Congratulations to Richard Moon who has received the 2013 Mary Lou Dietz Equity Leadership Award from the Status of Women, Diversity, and Equity Action Committee of the Windsor University Faculty Association.


Barbara Thériault and Susan Palmer are inviting you to an informal seminar that will be held on May 10 at 10am at the Centre canadien d'études allemandes et européennes. Please contact Student Team Member Étienne Tardif to obtain the featured texts.


The "Religious Identity Survey" is now available online. Please click here to obtain more information on this survey.


The videos of Grace Davie's (University of Exeter) lecture, "A European Perspective on Religion and Welfare: Connections, Reflections and Extensions", and Tariq Modood's (University of Bristol) lecture, "Is Multicultural Equality Compatible with an Established Religion or Religions?" are now available on the YouTube Channel. Click here to view the videos.


Congratulations to Linda Woodhead who was awarded a Member of the British Empire (MBE).


Congratulations to Barbara Thériault. Her book entitled The Cop and the Sociologist. Investigating Diversity in German Police Forces will be published in April 2013.


Congratulations to all the Graduate Research Grant Awardees for 2013-2014. Click here for the complete list of awardees.


Team Member Solange Lefebvre was in Rome as one of CTV News’ exclusive panel of Papal Commentators.


Todd van der Heyden spoke with Solange Lefebvre in Rome about papal contender Cardinal Marc Ouellet.


Tariq Modood (University of Bristol) offered a lecture entitled "Is Multicultural Equality Compatible with an Established Religion or Religions?" at the University of Ottawa on Thursday, March 21, 2013. Click here for more information.


Valérie Behiery and the IMOW team are thrilled to announce the public launch of IMOW’s new online exhibition, Muslima: Muslim Women’s Art & Voices. You can see the exhibition at the following link: http://muslima.imow.org/. Click here for more information.


A one day workshop entitled "Let’s Talk! Interprofessional Dialogue at the Intersections of Religion, Diversity, and Healthcare" will be held on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at the University of Ottawa. Click here for more information.


The Winter 2013 Religion and Diversity Project Newsletter is now available. Click here to read our latest issue.


The new Winter 2013 issue of the E-Journal Regulating Religion is now available. Click here for more information.


Solange Lefebvre will be hosting the editors of the international journal Concilium, from May 20 to June 1, 2013 and will organise a symposium on the theme "Critical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Multiculturalism." For more information on the Chair in Religion, Culture and Society (CRCS), please click here.


Student Team Member Sharday Mosurinjohn writes about her experience with the Religion and Diversity Project's Graduate Student Workshop Series at Queen's University.


Anna Tsing (University of California) will be giving a lecture entitled "Critical Description after Progress: Recognizing Diversity in Damaged Times" on January 31, 2013 at the University of Ottawa.


Christopher Helland was invited to join the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Role of Faith; a special twenty person committee meant to examine the role of faith in the global environment. Christopher’s work on media, the Internet and religion will be a new perspective that will be integrated in the Council's work. The two year appointment has already sent Christopher to Dubai, U.A.E. to attend The Summit on the Global Agenda in November.

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