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CREOR Graduate Conference: Problematizing Religious Diversity

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Moyse Hall Theatre / Birks Chapel

McGill University

845 Sherbrooke Street W

Montréal, QC H3A 4G0

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The McGill Centre for Research on Religion (CREOR) invites graduate students and emerging scholars to participate in a special edition graduate conference rethinking the problem of religious diversity in a secular age. In the 10 years since the publication of Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age and the beginning of the Bouchard-Taylor Commission on reasonable accommodation, religious diversity has become an increasingly divisive topic in Quebec and much of Canada. There are fears that what began as a peaceful exercise in public democratic governance may degenerate into violence as demonstrated by the mosque shooting in Quebec City in January, 2017. Such fears are not unique to Quebec; indeed, religious diversity is increasingly problematized in political and public discourses around the world, with secularism or laïcité posited as “the solution” to the challenge of fostering social cohesion in multicultural environments. This categorization of secularism as “solution” ultimately places religion in the category of “the problem”. However, there are other ways of thinking about religious diversity - such as that offered by Charles Taylor - as the “solution” to multicultural society’s problems. This conference seeks to rethink how the categories such as “solution” and “problem” are constructed, designated, and utilized by scholars, politicians and religious communities, as well as how they have shifted overtime.

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McGill University

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