The Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion (IASR)
The Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion (IASR) is an independent, not for profit, organization 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 organizations 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 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.
Research Centre for the Religious History of Canada
Hosted at Saint Paul University in Ottawa, the aim of this Centre founded in 1967 is to promote studies in Canadian religious history, by sponsoring research and organizing 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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