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Youth, Religion and Identity Workshop



   
The Workshop

Workshop Themes
Participants
Discussions

Videos 
   


The Workshop

The workshop entitled "Youth, Religion, and Identity: A Canadian and International Workshop" was held at the University of Ottawa from October 16-18, 2014 and was organised by Peter Beyer, Paul Gareau and Spencer Bullivant. The goal of this workshop was to underscore and understand the dynamics youth face when engaging religion and identity formation. Researchers from Canada, Australia, Germany, and the UK spoke on how youth negotiate social forces and themselves shape their identities regarding religion.

To read the workshop report, please click here.  
 


Workshop Themes

The workshop was organised around four themes:

  1. Institutional Norms and Perceptions
  2. Sexuality and Gender
  3. Diversity and Multiculturalism
  4. Religion and Spirituality
     

Participants


May Al-Fartousi
(University of Ottawa) 

Elisabeth Arweck
(University of
Warwick) 

Peter Beyer
(University of Ottawa)

Reginald Bibby
(University of
Lethbridge) 


Spencer Bullivant
(University of Ottawa) 

Amy Fisher
(University of Toronto)

Paul L. Gareau
(University of Ottawa)


Anna Halafoff
(Deakin University)

Solange Lefebvre
(Université de Montréal)
 

Josiane Le Gall
(Université de Montréal)

Marie-Paule
Martel-Reny

(Université de Montréal)


Géraldine Mossière
(Université de Montréal)
 


Rubina Ramji
(Cape Breton University)

Giomny H. Ruiz
(Université de Montréal) 


Heather Shipley
(University of Ottawa)

Dörthe Vieregge
(University of Hamburg)



Scott Wall
(University of Waterloo)

Pamela Dickey Young
(Queen’s University)



  


Discussions

Each session of the Youth, Religion, and Identity workshop was followed by a lengthy group discussion. These allowed all participants of the workshop and the student observers to engage in a less formal discussion of the topics presented. What emerged was the remarkable similarity of the findings from each of the presenters. Youth were found to be incredibly fluid in how they developed and presented their respective identities. The various themes and issues that emerged included the increasing irrelevance of measurements of church participation, the usage of the “Spiritual, But Not Religious” category of many research subjects, the implicit normativities that come with studying youth at the conceptual level, the effects of increasing diasporic communities throughout each of the countries represented, and the potential of reconceptualising youth ambivalence as a form of agency rather than disinterest.


Discussion 1
Institutional Norms
and Perceptions
Discussion 2
Religion and
Spirituality
Discussion 3
Diversity and
Multiculturalism
Discussion 4
Sexuality and 
Gender

 


Videos


VideosPresentation Titles
Themes                            

Keynote Lecture

Elisabeth Arweck
Full lecture

Religious Diversity in the UK: How the Attitudes and Views of 13–16 Year-Old Students Interact
with their Own (Non-) Religious Identities

Keynote Speaker     
Research Methods
Religion and Teens
United Kingdom 

Presentations


May Al-Fartousi
Part 1 | Part 2

Minority within Minority: Shi’i Muslim Young Girls’ Social Worlds Within Canada and Abroad

Sexuality and Gender
Diaspora and Gendered Construction
Muslim Minority Identity
Canada

Peter Beyer
Part 1 | Part 2

Religion, Youth and Life Stages: Religious Expression of Young Adults of Immigrant Families in Canada as They Pass from Young to Mature Adulthood

Diversity and Multiculturalism
Quantitative Analysis
Immigrant Youth
Unpacking Spirituality
Canada

Reginald Bibby
Part 1 | Part 2

So You Think You Are Religious or Spiritual But Not Religious: So What?

Religion and Spirituality
Quantitative Analysis
Teens
Canada


Spencer Bullivant
Part 1

Youths at a Nonreligious Summer Camp: Creating a Nonreligious Identity in the United States
Institutional Norms and Perceptions
Non-religion Identity 
United States


Paul L. Gareau
Part 1 | Part 2

A Crisis of Masculinity: The Negotiations of Gender for Catholic ‘Evangelical’ Youth in a Secular Canada


Sexuality and Gender
Construction of Gendered Morality
Masculinity
Canada

Anna Halafoff
Part 1 | Part 2

'Whatever': Religion, Youth, and Identity in 21st Century Australia


Institutional Norms and Perceptions
Religious Activities amongst Youth
Role of Ambivalence
Australia


Solange Lefebvre
Part 1 | Part 2

Youth and Religion in Quebec

Religion and Spirituality
Historical Construction of Religiosity
Youth Engagement
with Religion
Quebec

Marie-Paule
Martel-Reny
Part 1 | Part 2

The Identity, Spirituality, and Religion of Young Quebecois


Ethics and Religious Culture Program (ERC)
Quebec Teens
Distrust of Institutions
Pedagogical Effectiveness Dependent on Individual Teachers


Géraldine Mossière and Josiane Le Gall
Part 1 | Part 2

Representations on Gender and Matrimonial Practices among Young Practitioners in the Quebecois Religious Landscape: Sexual Ethics as a Source of Distinction

Sexuality and Gender
Cultural Construction of Gender
Quebec


Rubina Ramji
Part 1 | Part 2

Identity and Youth in a Multicultural Context: How Second Generation Muslims Grow up Canadian

Diversity and Multiculturalism
Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist Youth
Canada

Giomny H. Ruiz
Part 1

Cubanity Under the Lived Religion Approach: Dialogue between Gods and National Identity among Young Cuban First Generation Migrants in Canada

Institutional Norms and Perceptions
Youth Subjectivities
Religio-National Identity Formation
Canada/Cuba


Heather Shipley
Part 1 | Part 2

Apathy or Misunderstanding?: Youth’s Reflections on their Religious Identity in Canada

Diversity and Multiculturalism
Role of Ambivalence
Youth & Hybrid Identities
Canada

Dörthe Vieregge
Part 1 | Part 2

If the Guy is Correct, I Don’t Care About What Religion He Is’: Socio-Economically Disadvantaged Young People and Religious Diversity in Daily Life

Diversity and Multiculturalism
Immigrant Youth in Germany
Germany

Scott Wall
Part 1 | Part 2

Beyond the Congregation: Accounting for Factors of Religious Change among Evangelical, Chinese Canadian Young Adults

Religion and Spirituality
Asian Evangelical Youth
Critical Analysis of Congregations
Canada


Pamela Dickey Young
Part 1 | Part 2

Religious Influences on Sexual Values and Sexual Practices among Youth in Canada

Sexuality and Gender
Role of Sex and Marriage
Critical Analysis of Sex & Morality
Canada

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