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Please find below a list of the research centres in Ontario.


The Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion (IASR)

The Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion (IASR) is an independent, not for profit, organisation that is committed to promoting the scientific study of religious thought and behaviour and advancing a general scientific understanding of religion. The research and educational activities of the Institute presuppose a framework of inquiry within which the study of religion is integrated with the social and natural sciences and directed toward the development of empirically testable theories.

The Institute’s primary functions are to foster a type of research currently under-appreciated and underdeveloped in most academic contexts, to support intellectual exchanges through symposia, colloquia, and conferences on central problems in the field, and to disseminate the results of such collaborative and interdisciplinary work. The Institute will also undertake to support other organisations committed to the same goals.


Religion in the Metropolis (Part of the Metropolis Project)

Hosted at the University of Toronto, Metropolis is an international network for comparative research and public policy development on migration, diversity, and immigrant integration in cities in Canada and around the world. The international arm of the Project involves partnerships with policy makers and researchers from over 20 countries, including the United States, most of Western Europe, Israel, Argentina and the Asia-Pacific.


Religion and the Public Sphere

Religion in the Public Sphere at the University of Toronto

Hosted in the Religious Studies department at the University of Toronto, the purpose of the Religion in the Public Sphere project is to: 1. Provide scholarly resources for understanding and assessing the practices, world views, and ethical values of a multiplicity of religious traditions as they affect and are affected by, a wide range of current social and political issues. 2. Provide opportunities for greater intellectual exchange and informed critical debate among University of Toronto faculty and students researching the role of religion in public life. 3. Establish public events and partnerships to convey and discuss this research with audiences outside the University.


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Research Centre for the Religious History of Canada

Hosted at Saint Paul University in Ottawa, the aim of the Research Centre for the Religious History of Canada founded in 1967 is to promote studies in Canadian religious history, by sponsoring research and organising meetings of specialists in the field. For that purpose, the Centre prepares research tools such as bibliographies, indexes and various catalogues. It also collects historical documents, particularly of untapped sources accessible to few researchers. Since 1977, the Centre has been working on the listing and microfilming of Roman documents concerning Canadian religious history. It is the official depository for the archives of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and of the Canadian Religious Conference.


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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.