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Strand 4 - Alternative Strategies

What are alternative strategies for managing religious diversity?

Strand 4 considers the ways social, political and legal discourse have tended to rely on the maintenance of an "other" and explores how it might be possible to move to model/s based on inclusion and deep equality (meaning equality that moves beyond formality to substance).

Please find below the list of Strand 4 team members. Click on the links in order to read their biographies and research statements. Click here to read about the projects carried out by the Strand 4 team members.

Strand Leaders
Team Members
Eisenberg, Avigail Ahmed, Rukhsana
Klassen, Pamela Bouma, Gary
Knott, Kim
Kurien, Prema
Laliberté, André
Ryder, Bruce
Thériault, Barbara

Rukhsana Ahmed (Co-investigator)

University of Ottawa
Associate Professor, Department of Communication

Biography and Research Statement

Gary D. Bouma (Collaborator)

Monash University
Emeritus Professor, Department of Sociology
UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations : Asia Pacific

Biography and Research Statement

Avigail Eisenberg

Avigail Eisenberg (Co-investigator)

University of Victoria
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Co-director of the Consortium on Democratic Constitutionalism

Biography and Research Statement

Pamela Klassen (Co-investigator)

University of Toronto
Professor, Department for the Study of Religion
Director of the Religion in the Public Sphere Initiative

Biography and Research Statement

Kim Knott (Collaborator)

Lancaster University
Professor, Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion
Programme Director, AHRC 'Diasporas, Migration and Identities'

Biography and Research Statement

Prema Kurien

Prema Kurien (Collaborator)

Syracuse University
Professor, Department of Sociology
Founding Director, Asian/Asian American Studies program 

Biography and Research Statement

André Laliberté (Collaborator)

University of Ottawa
Professor, School of Political Studies

Biography and Research Statement

Bruce Ryder

Bruce Ryder (Co-investigator)

York University
Associate Professor and Assistant Dean First Year,
Osgoode Hall Law School

Biography and Research Statement

Barbara Thériault (Co-investigator)

Université de Montréal
Professeur agrégé, Département de sociologie

Biography and Research Statement

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Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs

Le Berkley Center at Georgetown University a été créé au sein du bureau de John J. DeGioia, Président de Georgetown, en mars 2006. Le centre a été conçu afin de miser sur les forces de Georgetown: l'excellence académique; son emplacement à Washington, DC; sa portée internationale et sa tradition catholique et jésuite d'ouverture aux autres religions et au vaste monde séculier. Le généreux soutien de William R. Berkley, un membre du conseil d'administration de l'université, a permis la croissance rapide du centre.

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Research Centres

The Project is happy to provide information about research centres, initiatives and projects across Canada and beyond that are focusing on the examination of religion, diversity, pluralism and society through its “Research Centres” page. Led by our Team Member Pamela Klassen and housed at the University of Toronto, the mandate of the Religion in the Public Sphere initiative is to examine how religion manifests in public spaces, institutions, and interactions, and consider the challenges and possibilities of religious diversity in Toronto and around the globe. To learn more about this initiative, please click here.