Institute for Religion, Politics & Society

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Professor Lori Beaman

University of Ottawa


Lori G. Beaman, Ph.D. is the Canada Research Chair in the Contextualization of Religion in a Diverse Canada, Professor in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa, and the Principal Investigator of the Religion and Diversity Project, a thirty-seven-member international research team whose focus is religion and diversity.

She is internationally recognized for three core intellectual innovations: 1) the concept of deep equality as an alternative to tolerance and accommodation in responding to religious diversity; 2) the identification of the transformation of majoritarian religion into culture and heritage; and 3) the illumination of an emerging ‘will to religion’ and its impact on the growing category of those who choose no religion.

As the Canada Research Chair in the Contextualization of Religion in a Diverse Canada, her research project explores the ways in which we as a society define religion and how these definitions are translated into interpretations of religious freedom. In the process of this exploration she is taking a close look at the theoretical underpinnings of the limitation of religious freedom as it is currently viewed by Canada’s courts.

She is Principal Investigator of the Religion and Diversity Project, a $2.5 million, 7 year Major Collaborative Research Initiative funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council housed at the University of Ottawa. The international, comparative, multidisciplinary research project involves 37 team members at 24 universities in 5 countries (Canada, US, France, UK, Australia), and explores how religious diversity is ‘managed’ in global context. The project aims to address the following question: What are the contours of religious diversity in Canada and how can we best respond to the opportunities and challenges presented by religious diversity in ways that promote a just and peaceful society? Visit the project’s website: religionanddiversity.ca

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