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Chair for the Management of Cultural and Religious Diversity
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Presentation

As in other Western societies, both Quebec and Canada are faced with the reality of religious diversity. Many religious traditions and multiple expressions of a reconfiguration of the religious are present and very influential in social and political spaces. To meet the needs of knowing, understanding and adapting to this new context, the Chair for the Management of Cultural and Religious Diversity has established its mission in the following three areas:

  • Promote multidisciplinary research concerning:
    • new configurations of religious diversity;
    • the relationships between state, civil society and religion in Canada as well as many other countries;
    • the development of intervention strategies.
  • Increase the transmission of knowledge among public and private institutions;
  • Train important players and top researchers: academics and players in professional settings.

In the hope of accomplishing this mission, the Chair for the Management of Cultural and Religious Diversity has set a number of goals, some of which have been or are in the process of being achieved, while others are a priority for the coming years:

  • Know and follow the evolution of religious diversity in Canada;
  • Develop interuniversity cooperation at a national and international level;
  • Respond to specific urgent demands on issues related to culture and religion;
  • Continue to build a strong program in Religious Studies at both undergraduate and graduate levels;
  • Collaborate in implementation of the Ethics and Religious Culture program in elementary and secondary schools;
  • Support a bursary program for graduate students in Religious Studies;
  • Ensure an atmosphere of quality research.

In order to attain these objectives, the Chair for the Management of Cultural and Religious Diversity has adopted the following approach:
In terms of research:

  • Conducting quantitative and qualitative studies in the field;
  • Organizing seminars/symposiums that bring together researchers from different disciplines;
  • Fostering collaboration within and between universities;
  • Supporting new research initiatives through short term or permanent collaboration.

In terms of education:

  • Increasing the recruitment of Canadian and international students;
  • Increasing and diversifying the courses offered in Religious Studies;
  • Collaborating in the development of continuing education programs in the Institute of Religious Studies;
  • Promoting interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral collaboration.

In terms of distribution:

  • Publishing the results of research;
  • Presenting findings through lectures and conferences;
  • Getting involved with mass and social media.