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2015


Announcements and Special Mentions in 2015

We invite you to listen to a new (December 14, 2015) Religious Studies Project podcast entitled "Minority Religions and the Law" featuring our Team Member Susan J. Palmer. She describes how she came to study minority religious groups, and to realise that they were often being misrepresented, or at least unduly targeted. To listen to this podcast, please click here


We would like to congratulate our Team Member Rukhsana Ahmed who edited a special issue (Fall 2015, Volume 8, Issue 2) of the Global Media Journal - Canadian Edition - Multicultural Media and Immigrant Integration. This issue includes "commentaries, refereed papers, and reviews of books from multiple perspectives that are theoretical, analytical, critical, empirical, and comparative in their approach." For more information, please click here


The lecture "Why 'Tolerance' Misses the Point: Legality of Sexual and Religious Difference in Islamic Law," given by our Team Member Anver Emon on December 2, 2015, as part of the McMillan Stewart Lecture Series at the MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, is now available on YouTube. To listen to the lecture, please click here


A new book edited by Samia Amor, Mohamed Fadil and our Team Member Patrice Brodeur entitled L'Islam. Regards en coins was just released on December 2, 2015 (Presses de l'Université Laval). This book sheds new light to better understand Islam and to explore new issues. For a more detailed description and to obtain a copy, please click here.


The "Comparative Perspectives on the Formatting of Religion in Modern Society" workshop, held at the University of Oslo from December 3-4, 2015 and organised by the Good Protestant, Bad Religion? Formatting Religion in Modern Society (GOBA) project, featured keynote addresses by our Project Director Lori G. Beaman and Elizabeth Shakman Hurd. To learn more about this workshop, please click here.


Our Team Member Anver Emon gave a lecture on "Why 'Tolerance' Misses the Point: Legality of Sexual and Religious Difference in Islamic Law" on December 2, 2015, 5-7pm, at MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. For more information, please click here


We invite you to discover the graphic novel entitled “Salomé et les hommes en noir” written by our Team Member Valérie Amiraux and illustrated by Francis Desharnais. This black and white graphic novel promotes values of respect and tolerance through the innocent gaze of a young girl. For more information, please click here.


Our Team Members Pamela Klassen, Winnifred F. Sullivan and Student Team Members Cimminnee Holt, Aldea Mulhern, and Justin Stein participated in the American Academy of Religion's (AAR) 2015 Annual Meeting held in Atlanta, Georgia from November 21-24, 2015. For more information on this conference, please click here.


Étienne Balibar gave a lecture entitled “La liberté d'expression et la question du blasphème : Nouvelles réflexions un an après l'attentat de Charlie Hebdo” on November 27, 2015 at the Café du Monument National in Montréal as part of the Lectures radicales series organised by our Team Members Valérie Amiraux, Pascale Fournier and Jean-François Gaudreault-DesBiens. For more information, please click here.


Congratulations to our Student Team Members Maria Alekseevskaia, Zaheeda Alibhai, Zijad Delic, Samane Hemmat, Sara Ludin, Keelin Pringnitz, and Mathilde Vanasse-Pelletier who will be participating the Religion and Diversity Project Graduate Student Workshop, Series 3. To learn more about this series of workshops, please click here.


We invite you to discover our Team Member Benjamin Berger’s new book entitled Law’s Religion: Religious Difference and the Claims of Constitutionalism published by the University of Toronto Press. "Based on a close reading of Canadian jurisprudence, this book explores the nature and limits of legal tolerance and shows how constitutional law’s understanding of religion shapes religious freedom." For a more detailed description or for more information, please click here


The latest issue of Eurostudia entitled "From Today's Observation Post: Collaboration and Resistance under Communism," edited by Lucian Turcescu and our Team Member Barbara Thériault, is now available. It results from the one-day workshop "Resistance and Collaboration under Communism" held at the University of Montréal on February 27, 2015, and  funded by the Religion and Diversity Project. The issue includes articles by Barbara Thériault and our Postdoctoral Fellow Monica Grigore. For more information, please click here


We would like to congratulate our Team Member Susan Palmer for the publication of her latest book entitled Storming Zion: Government Raids on Religious Communities (co-edited with Stuart A. Wright). This book exposes the controversial trend of rising numbers of government raids targeting new or nontraditional religious communities after 1990. For more information on this publication, please click here

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Our Religion and Diversity Project Research Associate Amélie Barras gave a lecture entitled "The Everyday Life of Religious Difference: Governing Religion in Quebec" on November 2, 2015, as part of the Osgoode Colloquium on Law, Religion, and Social Thought organised by our Team Member Benjamin Berger. To listen to this lecture, please click here.


A lecture on "Politics of Religious Freedom Today: At Home and Abroad" was given by our Team Member Winnifred F. Sullivan on Monday October 26, 2015, at the Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. The talk was sponsored by the University's Departments of Religion and Politics, the Philip F. Howerton Fund and the Law Center in the School of Law. For more information on this lecture, please click here.  


Congratulations to our Team Member Sam Reimer who co-wrote (with George Yancey and Jake O’Connell) an article entitled "How Academics View Conservative Protestants." This article was published in the latest issue of Sociology of Religion, the official journal of the Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR). To read this article, please click here


Our Team Members Valérie Amiraux, Jean-François Gaudreault-DesBiens and Pascale Fournier are co-organising a lecture series entitled "Lectures radicales" that began in the fall of 2015. The lectures feature speakers from the academic, artistic, journalistic and political world that discuss the work that had the most influence on their thoughts. The first lecture of the series was given by Jacques Berlinerblau on October 5, 2015. For more information, please click here.


We would like to congratulate our Project Director Lori G. Beaman who was elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Arts and Humanities, Division of Humanities, of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC)Lori is internationally recognised for her interdisciplinary, comparative and collaborative research on religion and diversity in Canadian society. For more information, please click here


We invite you to read an interview with our Team Member Solange Lefebvre that was conducted by Dominique Nancy of the University of Montréal's Journal Forum. In this interview, Solange discusses the increasing presence of the religious in the political world and in the discourse of politicians. To read what she has to say, please click here (French). 


Congratulations to Monica Grigore who was awarded the Religion and Diversity Project postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Ottawa under the supervision of our Project Director Lori G. Beaman. Monica’s postdoctoral project will examine the local regulation of religion, including resistance, negotiation and navigation of that regulation by religious groups. To learn more about the Project's postdoctoral fellows, please click here


We would like to welcome our new Religion and Diversity Project student team members that will be working with our team members on themes related to the project. To obtain a complete list of the students involved with the project, please click here. To learn more about our team members and to read their biographies and research statements, please click here


L’Heureux Naufrage, "an insightful and poignant documentary film which penetrates the questions of the meaning of life and collective values", features personal reflections from public figures including our Team Member Solange Lefebvre and Student Team Member Stéphanie Gravel on the search for meaning, spirituality, and God.  For more information on this documentary directed by Guillaume Tremblay, please click here


We invite you to discover the chapter entitled "Belief, not Religion: Youth Negotiations of Religious Identity in Canada" written by our Team Member Pamela Dickey Young and our Project Manager Heather Shipley. This chapter was recently published in the Handbook of Children and Youth Studies edited by Johanna Wyn and Helen Cahill. For more information on this volume, please click here.

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Our Religion and Diversity Project Team Member Donald Boisvert was named the principal of the Montréal Diocesan Theological College (MDTC) and assumed his new position on September 1, 2015. We would like to congratulate him on his accomplishment. To read the news release on the MDTC website, please click here.


Congratulations to our Team Member Winnifred F. Sullivan who has received an "Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion: Analytical - Descriptive Studies" from the American Academy of Religion (AAR) for her book A Ministry of Presence: Chaplaincy, Spiritual Care, and the Law. This award recognises new scholarly publications that make significant contributions to the study of religion. For more information, please click here


The book entitled A Sociology of Prayer, edited by Giuseppe Giordan and our Team Member Linda Woodhead, has been published by Ashgate. The volume contributors draw from religion, sociology of religion, anthropology, and historical perspectives, they focus on prayer as a social as well as a personal matter and situate prayer in the conditions of complex late modern societies worldwide. For a more detailed description of this book and to learn more about the editors, please click here.


We invite you to discover the recently published volume entitled Living with Religious Diversity, edited by Sonia Sikka, Bindu Puri, and our Project Director Lori G. Beaman. This book explores ways of fostering respectful, non-violent and welcoming social relations among religious communities, and features chapters by our Team Members Linda Woodhead and Solange Lefebvre. To learn more about this volume, please click here


We would like to congratulate our Religion and Diversity Project Research Associate Cathy Holtmann who was named the new Director of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. To learn more about the MMFC and Cathy's role as the director of this centre, please click here. 


The Religion and Diversity Project is pleased to have awarded 2015-2016 Innovation Grants to the following team members:


We are pleased to announce that our Project Director Lori G. Beaman (2015-2016 ASR President), Team Member Prema Kurien and Student Team Member Christine L. Cusack participated in the Association for the Sociology of Religion’s 7th Annual Meeting on the theme of “Understanding Religious Change” that was held in Chicago from August 20-22, 2015. For more information and to go through the conference programme, please click here.


Congratulations to our Team Member Pascale Fournier who was named one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada by the Canadian Lawyer magazine. She was nominated in the "World Stage" Category and was selected for her humanitarian involvement and the large scope of her academic contributions beyond Canadian borders. For more information, please click here.


The Politics of Religious Freedom book, edited by our Team Member Winnifred F. Sullivan, Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, Saba Mahmood, and Peter G. Danchin is now available. This volume, published by The University of Chicago Press, also features a chapter by our Project Director Lori G. Beaman. To learn more about this publication and to read some of the reviews, please click here.


We encourage you to listen to our Team Member Barbara Thériault’s radio interview entitled "La disparition du petit bouddha au salon de coiffure"on the show "L’été dans notre cour" hosted by Marie-Laurence Paré. The interview was broadcast on CIBL 101.5 on June 11, 2015 (starts at 32:45 [10 minutes]). Barbara will also be interviewed on the subject of « religion en miniature » on Thursday July 30, 2015. For more information or to listen to the interviews, please click here

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The blog entry entitled "Is ISIS Islamic? Why it matters for the study of Islam" by our Team Member Anver Emon has been published in the Immanent Frame. This blog publishes interdisciplinary perspectives on religion, secularism, and the public sphere, features invited contributions and original essays, and serves as a forum for ongoing exchanges among leading thinkers from the social sciences and humanities. To read Anver Emon's entry, please, click here


Congratulations to our Team Member Solange Lefebvre. Her latest book Catholicisme et cultures. Regards croisés Québec-France, edited with Céline Béraud and E.-Martin Meunier, has been released. Visit the Presses de l’Université Laval website to get more information on this publication or to pick up a copy. 


 A new article by our Team Member Pamela Klassen and Matthew W. King entitled "Suppressing the Mad Elephant: Missionaries, Lamas, and the Mediation of Sacred Historiographies in the Tibetan Borderlands" has been published in the latest issue of the History and Anthropology academic journal. To read this article, please click here.


Congratulations Francois Xavier Bauduin who won the prize for the best student article at the 2015 International Society for the Sociology of Religion (ISSR) conference. His article entitled "Le réseau raélien du monde physique à celui de l'Internet : prosélytisme et encadrement des pratiques communautaires" was published in our Winter 2014 issue of Regulating Religion, the Religion and Diversity Project's graduate student E-Journal. To read his article, please click here


We invite you to read the report "A New Settlement: Religion and Belief in Schools" (June 2015) by Charles Clarke and our Team Member Linda Woodhead. This report addresses the reform of religious education in Britain and arises from the research and debate carried out by the Westminster Faith Debates and the Religion and Society Research programme. To read the report, please click here


Congratulations to our Religion and Diversity Project Team Member James A. Beckford who received a Lifetime Achievement Award from The British Sociological Association Sociology of Religion Study Group (Socrel). For more information on Socrel, please click here


Our Religion and Diversity Project Team Members Linda Woodhead, James A. Beckford, James T. Richardson, Kim Knott and Postdoctoral Fellow Matthew Francis participated in the 2015 Annual Meeting of the British Sociological Association Sociology of Religion Study Group (Socrel) that was held from July 7-9, 2015, at Kingston University London, UK. For more information on this conference, please click here


The first volume of the Global Perspectives Series entitled Religion and Conflict: Responding to the Challenges, featuring the article "From Negative to Positive Narratives: Values and Strategies in Negotiating Difference" by our Project Director Lori G. Beaman, has been published on the Tony Blair Faith Foundation website. To read this volume, please click here.


This year's 33rd International Society for the Sociology of Religion (ISSR) Conference on the theme of "Sensing religion" included the participation of several Religion and Diversity Project team members, student team members and research associates. The conference took 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.

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Congratulations to our Team Member Susan Palmer who was named the new Project Director (with John Peterson) of the Canadian Religious and Spiritual Traditions Project. This project documents the diversity of religious traditions in Canada through a set of profiles of religious and spiritual groups that originated in Canada. To visit the project’s website, please click here 


It is with great pleasure that we introduce the Religion and Diversity Project's new MITACS Globalink Research Intern Priscila Dallva and Project Assistant Emily McCallum. Priscila and Emily will be working with us this summer under the supervision of our Project Director Lori G. Beaman. To learn more about other students involved with the project and their research interests, please visit our "Student Team Members" page. 


Our Religion and Diversity Project Team Member Barbara Thériault, Student Team Member Christine L. Cusack and Research Associates Amélie Barras and Julia Martínez-Ariño presented at the "Citizenship, Governance and Diversity: Perspectives on and from Germany and Canada" workshop, co-organised by our Project Director Lori G. Beaman, Elke Winter, Carmen Bauer, and Benjamin Zyla. This workshop was held at the University of Ottawa on June 2, 2015. For more details, please click here. To see the event pictures, please click here. 


"Lori Beaman heads a vast international study on religion and diversity, a divisive topic not for the faint of heart" (Morantz, 2014). Read the article entitled "Faith in All Fairness" in the Spring 2015 issue of the University of Ottawa’s Research Perspectives to learn more about the Religion and Diversity Project and the challenges our team members face when researching religion. To read the article, please click here


The "Visual Exhibition of Capital Ideas" was held at the University of Ottawa from June 3-4, 2015, in Fauteux Hall, room 413. This exhibition was an initiative of the Visual Sociology Research Cluster of the Canadian Sociological Association. The opening reception was on June 3, 2015, from 12:30pm-1:30pm and was sponsored by the Religion and Diversity Project. For more information, please click here, for the event poster click here


The "Citizenship, Governance and Diversity: Perspectives on and from Germany and Canada" workshop, co-organised by our Project Director Lori G. Beaman, Elke Winter, Carmen Bauer, and Benjamin Zyla, took place at the University of Ottawa on June 2, 2015. This one-day workshop, within the framework of the 2015 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, brought together scholars from both sides of the Atlantic, specifically from Germany and Canada in order to explore the questions that Canada and Germany now face as nation states. For more details, please click here. 


We are pleased to announce that several Religion and Diversity Project members participated in the 2015 Conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion (CSSR) that took place from May 30 - June 2, 2015, at the University of Ottawa during Congress 2015. This conference included participation from our Team Members Peter Beyer, Donald Boisvert, Paul Bramadat, Susan Palmer, Rubina Ramji, Michael Wilkinson, Samuel Reimer, Postdoctoral Fellow May Al-Fartousi, Student Team Members Christine L. Cusack, Ian Alexander Cuthbertson, Stéphanie Gravel, Rosaria M. Tagliente, Project Manager Heather Shipley and Research Associate Cathy Holtmann. Please click here for the conference program.

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We would like to congratulate our Team Member Solange Lefebvre. On Wednesday May 20, 2015, her research chair at the University of Montréal received a generous donation from the BMO Bank of Montreal and was renamed "Research Chair for the Management of Cultural and Religious Diversity." Please click here for more information.


Our Religion and Diversity Project Team Member Michael Wilkinson and Peter Althouse will be editing Volume 8 of the "Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion" entitled Pentecostals and the Body. The editors are seeking contributors who can address questions raised in the sociology of religion about Pentecostalism and the sociology of the body. Please click here for the call for paper.


Congratulations to our Religion and Diversity Project Team Member Jean-François Gaudreault-DesBiens who was appointed Dean of the University of Montréal's Faculté de droit. His five-year term began on June 1, 2015. Please click here for more details.


Our Team Member Donald Boisvert and Student Team Members Mathilde Vanasse-Pelletier and Ian Alexander Cuthbertson presented at the 2015 Eastern International Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR). The meeting addressed the topic of "Desire and Devotion" and was held from May 1-2, 2015 at McGill University. Please click here for more information.


Our Team Member Paul Bramadat gave a lecture during the annual conference "Our Whole Society: Bridging the Religious-Secular Divide" held at the University of British Columbia from March 22-24, 2015. Please click here for more information.


Thank you to all team members, students and postdoctoral fellows who participated in our annual team meeting April 30 – May 1, 2015.  We also thank our invited guests for their attendance and participation: Inger Furseth, Paula Montero, Janine Trevisan, Jasjit Singh, Teemu Taira, Enqi Weng, Sonya Nigam, Francesca Raimondo, Christine Maki, Louisa Taylor, and Kamil Karamali. Please click here for more details.


Congratulations to Sara Teinturier who was awarded a Religion and Diversity Project postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Montréal's Faculté de théologie et de sciences des religions with our Team Member Solange Lefebvre (Chair in Religion, Culture and Society).


Congratulations to our Team Member Benjamin Berger who was awarded the Canadian Association of Law Teachers (CALT) Prize for Academic Excellence for 2014-15. The award recognizes Benjamin's "exceptional scholarly work that has made important contributions across a number of diverse fields including Criminal Law and Evidence, Constitutional Law, and Law and Religion." For more information, please click here.


Our Religion and Diversity Project Team Member Winifred F. Sullivan delivered a keynote address entitled "What Happened in Indiana? Did Religious Freedom Jump the Shark" at the University of California, Santa Barbara, on Thursday April 30, 2015 at 6:15pm. This lecture was given as part of the conference "Freedom of (and from) Religion: Debates Over the Accommodation of Religion in the Public Sphere." Please click here for more information.


We are happy to announce that the volume Issues in Religion and Education: Whose Religion?, edited by Lori G. Beaman and Leo Van Arragon has been published by Brill. This book is a contribution to the dynamic and evolving global debates about the role of religion in public education. It includes chapters by our Team Members Lori G. BeamanSolange LefebvrePamela Dickey Young, Student Team Members Leo Van ArragonChristine L. CusackStéphanie Gravel and Kim Lam, by Research Associate Anna Halafoff and by our Project Manager Heather Shipley. Please click here for more information. 


We would like to congratulate our Religion and Diversity Project Team Member Pascale Fournier who has been named part-time commissioner of the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse (CDPDJ) for a five-year term. She will join a team of ten eminent professionals from various fields whose respective careers all reflect a commitment to the organization's fundamental concerns, the protection of rights and freedoms. Please click here for more information.


We are pleased to announce that our Team Member Gary Bouma is the Guest Editor of a Social Inclusion Open Access Journal special issue entitled "Religious Diversity and Social Inclusion". Authors interested in submitting a paper for this special issue are asked to consult the journal's editorial policies and to send their abstracts by June 30, 2015. To access the call for papers or for more information, please click here

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Congratulations to our Team Members Sam Reimer and Michael Wilkinson on the publication of A Culture of Faith: Evangelical Congregations in Canada by McGill-Queen's University Press. This book presents a study of evangelical beliefs, organisations, leaders, and finances, and reveals the current strength of evangelical Protestantism and its implications for the future of religion in Canada. Please click here for more information.


Our Religion and Diversity Project Student Team Member Azeddine Hmimssa gave a lecture entitled "La citoyenneté et la vie cosmopolite chez les catholiques, musulmans et sécularistes au Québec" on Tuesday April 14, 2015, at the University of Montréal. This lecture was organised by the Chair in Religion, Culture and Society. Please click here for more information. 


We invite you to discover the book Refashioning Secularisms in France and Turkey: The Case of the Headscarf Ban by our Religion and Diversity Project Research Associate Amélie Barras. This book addresses how devout women in France and Turkey have contested bans on headscarves, pointing to how these are inconsistent with the ‘real’ spirit of secularism. Please click here for more information. 


The Religion and Diversity Project Graduate Student Workshop Series 2, Session 3 report is now available. This workshop was facilitated by our Team Member Pamela Dickey Young and included participation from Student Team Members Alyshea Cummins, Christine L. Cusack, Paul Gareau, Stéphanie Gravel, Jordan Palmer, and Matthew Riddett. Please click here to read the report. 


We would like to invite you to listen to the Religious Studies Project's new podcast featuring our Team Member Linda Woodhead and Student Team Member Christopher R. Cotter on the subject of "Is Britain still a Christian Country?" Please click here to listen to the podcast.


Our Team Member Patrice Brodeur participated in a round table entitled "Le dialogue interreligieux: du cultu(r)el à l'universel" on Thursday March 19, 2015 at the Bibliothèque Nationale du Royaume du Maroc in Rabat, Morocco. This round table was held as part of the 3ième Forum Universitaire Maghrébin des Arts - Dialogue des cultures. Please click here for more information.


Congratulations to our Team Member Christopher Helland on the publication of his work entitled "Virtual Religion: A Case Study of Virtual Tibet." This essay introduces some of the key issues associated with virtual religious practices. Please click here to read this publication (Oxford Handbook Online).


The workshop "A Journey to Elsewhere: Spiritual Travel and the Quest for Authenticity," organised by Lori G. Beaman and Sonia Sikka, was held at the University of Ottawa (March 4-5, 2015). The aim of this workshop was to consider the phenomenon of yoga travel to India as an instance of a broader genre of 'spiritual travel' involving journeys to places 'elsewhere' which are imagined to offer the possibility of profound personal transformation. Please click here for more information.


We would like to congratulate our Team Member Pamela Klassen who is a recipient of the 2015 Anneliese Maier Research Award offered by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the 2015 Northrop Frye Award offered by the University of Toronto. 


Congratulations to Project Director Lori G. Beaman and to our Student Team Member Steven Tomlins on the publication of the edited volume Atheist Identities; Spaces and Social Contexts. The book offers an interdisciplinary comparative approach to the analysis of issues relating to atheism, such as demography, community engagement, gender politics, stigmatism, and legal action. It also includes chapters by our Team Member Peter Beyer and by our Student Team Member Christopher R. Cotter. Please click here for more information.

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Meera Baindur's lecture entitled "Nature in Indian Thought: Sacred Narratives and Place" was given as part of our Critical Thinkers in Religion, Law and Social Theory 2014-2015 series. The lecture took place on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at the University of Ottawa, Simard 129, at 4pm. Please click here for more information.


The "Resistance and Collaboration under Communism Workshop," organised by our Team Member Barbara Thériault, Student Team Member Monica Grigore, Lavinia Stan and Lucian Turcescu was held at the University of Montréal on Friday, February 27, 2015. The central theme of this workshop was resistance and collaboration of religious groups' members and leaders with political authorities in communist Europe after World War II. Please click here for more information.


The Religion and Diversity Project Graduate Student Workshop Series 2, Session 3, was held at the University of Ottawa from February 25-26, 2015. It was facilitated by our Team Member Pamela Dickey Young and included participation from our Student Team Members Alyshea Cummins, Christine L. Cusack, Paul Gareau, Stéphanie Gravel, Jordan Palmer, and Matthew Riddett. Please click here for more information.


Our Religion and Diversity Project Student Team Member Giomny H. Ruiz and Samuel Mathieu gave a lecture entitled "Les vieux théâtres montréalais : un nouveau temple pour les religions non traditionnelles" at the University of Montréal on Monday, February 23, 2015. This lecture was organised by the Chair in Religion, Culture and Society. Please click here for more information.


Congratulations to our Team Member Pamela Dickey Young, Project Manager Heather Shipley and Tracy J. Trothen on the publication of their book Religion and Sexuality: Diversity and the Limits of Tolerance by UBC Press. This edited book also includes chapters by Team Members Donald Boisvert and Nancy Nason-Clark, and by Research Associate Cathy Holtmann. Please click here for more information.


Religion and Diversity Project Research Associate Anna Halafoff was recently interviewed for Radio National’s new Earshot documentary program on the topic of "Does God Belong in Schools?" To listen to Anna Halafoff's comments, please go to minute 39:45. To listen to the full documentary, please click here.  


We are pleased to announce that our Team Member Pamela Klassen is a recipient of the 2015 Anneliese Maier Research Award offered by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. This award is granted annually to outstanding humanities scholars and social scientists. Please click here for more information.


Congratulations to our Student Team Member Leo Van Arragon who successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled "We educate, they indoctrinate: Religion and the politics of togetherness in Ontario public education" on Friday, January 23, 2015 at the University of Ottawa.


Our Team Member Solange Lefebvre responded to a "Droit, religion & éducation. Questions d’« Interfaith » et d’ « Interface »" lecture by Shauna Van Praagh on February 11, 2015, given as part of the workshop series Ateliers Interaxes 2014-2015. Please click here for more information. 


We are pleased to announce that our Student Team Member Monica Grigore gave a lecture on January 26, 2015 at the University of Montréal as part of the "Laboratoire de recherche empirique sur les groupes religieux" lecture series organised by the Chair in Religion, Culture and Society. For more information, please click here


We invite you to read the reports of two workshops organised by Religion and Diversity Project team members. The "Youth, Religion, and Identity: A Canadian and International Workshop", organised by Team Member Peter Beyer, Student Team Member Paul Gareau and Spencer Bullivant was held from October 16-18, 2014. The "Norms of Religious Minority Participation: Fields of Practice" Workshop, organised by Team Members Avigail EisenbergPaul BramadatPamela Klassen and Patti Lenard, took place from November 28-29, 2014. 


Religion and Diversity Project Team Member Pascale Fournier participated in the 2015 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference that was held from May 22 to June 5, 2015. Please click here for more information.

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