Amélie Barras is Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Science (Law & Society Program) at York University. She conducts research on the intersection between law, religion and politics. She has published on the politics of secularism in Turkey and France, including Refashioning Secularisms in France and Turkey: The Case of the Headscarf Ban (Routledge, 2014). She also writes on reasonable accommodation and Islam in Canada. Her most recent publication on the topic includes a book written with Jennifer Selby (Memorial University) and Lori Beaman (University of Ottawa): Beyond Accommodation. Everyday Narratives of Muslim Canadians (UBC Press, 2018). Finally, her newest project documents the work of faith-based non-governmental organizations at the United Nations Human Rights Council paying particular attention to how these NGOs shape human rights discussions and norms.
Paul Bramadat is Professor and Director of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria. His main duties at the CSRS entail conducting research and building networks of scholars, students, and civil society partners. He also teaches in the Religion, Culture and Society Program.
He has co-edited International Migration and the Governance of Religious Diversity (with Matthias Koenig – MQUP), Radicalization and Securitization in Canada and Beyond (with Lorne Dawson – UTP), Religion and Ethnicity in Canada (with David Seljak – UTP), Christianity and Ethnicity in Canada (with David Seljak – UTP), Public Health in the Age of Anxiety: Religious and Cultural Reasons for Vaccine Hesitancy (with three junior editors – UTP), Spirituality in Hospice Palliative Care (with Kelli Stadjuhar and Harold Coward — SUNY Press). He has published numerous chapters in books as well as articles in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Studies in Religion, Ethnicities, Ethnologies, the Journal of International Migration and Integration, and the Journal of Religion, State, and Society.
He has also co-edited a special issue of the Journal of International Migration and Integration (with John Biles of the Canadian government), a special issue of Studies in Religion (with Rinku Lamba of JNU), and a special issue of Urban Studies Journal (with Mar Griera, Marian Burchardt, and Julia Martinez-Ariño). In addition, he serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Academy of Religion.
He is currently the Principal Investigator of a SSHRC-funded project on religion, irreligion and spirituality in the Pacific Northwest (also known as the Cascadia bio-region). In addition to working on this project with two co-editors (Patricia O’Connell Killen and Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme), he is currently co-editing two other books: one on Indigenous political and spiritual issues in Canada (with John Borrows, David Seljak and Heidi Stark), and a second on urban religious events (with European sociologists of religion, Mar Griera, Marian Burchardt, and Julia Martinez-Ariño).
Brian Clarke (PhD Chicago) is an Adjunct member of faculty at Emmanuel College in Victoria University, the Toronto School of Theology.
His areas of research include religion and ethnicity, religion and public life, and contemporary patterns of disengagement from organized religion.
He is a contributor to A Concise History of Christianity in Canada (Oxford University Press), the author of Piety and Nationalism: Lay Voluntary Associations and the Creation of an Irish-Catholic Community in Toronto (McGill-Queen’s University Press), and co-author with Stuart Macdonald of Leaving Christianity: Changing Allegiances in Canada since 1945 (McGill-Queen’s University Press).
Mia Lövheim is Professor in Sociology of Religion at the Faculty of Theology, Uppsala University, a member of the scientific board and theme leader within the centre of excellence research programme Impact of Religion: Challenges for Society, Law and Democracy, Uppsala University.
Her research interests focus on representations of religion in Swedish and Nordic daily press, public service media and social media, in particular the interplay between media and social, political and religious change, as well as between gender and religion. She is the editor of Media, Religion and Gender: Key Issues and New Challenges (2013, Routledge) and a co-editor of Mediatization and Religion. Nordic Perspectives (with Stig Hjarvard, 2012 Nordicom); and Reconsidering Religion, Law, and Democracy. New Challenges for Society and Research with Lind, Anna-Sara, Mia Lövheim & Ulf Zackariasson (2016) Lund: Nordic Academic Press; She has published widely in international journals and edited collections. The most recent publications include “The mediatized conditions of contemporary religion: Critical status and future directions” (with Stig Hjarvard, Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture, 2019); “Culture, Conflict and Constitutional right. Representations of Religion in the Daily Press” (2019), in Schewel & Wilson, ed. Religion and European Society. A Primer; “Approaching Contested Religion” (with Liv Ingeborg Lied) and “Contradicting Ideals: Islam on Swedish Public Service Radio” (with Linnea Jensdotter), in Lundby, Knut (ed.) (2018) Contesting Religion: The Media Dynamics of Cultural Conflicts in Scandinavia; and “Religion on the Political Agenda” (with Jonas Lindberg, Pål Ketil Botvar, Henrik Reintoft Christensen, Kati Niemelä and Anders Bäckström) in Furseth, Inger (ed.) (2018) Religious Complexity in the Public Sphere – Comparing Nordic Countries. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillian.
Lövheim has been a collaborator and advisor on a number of international projects, including YARG: Young adults and religion in a global perspective: A cross-cultural, comparative and mixed-method study of religious subjectivities and values in their context, 2015-2018. Åbo Academy Centre of Excellence in Research, Finland; Engaging with Conflicts in Mediatized Religious Environments – CoMRel, 2015-2018 University of Oslo; and The role of religion in the public sphere: A comparative study of the five Nordic countries (NOREL), KIFO Centre for Church Research, 2009-2013.
She has served as the president for of the International Society for Media, Religion and Culture, 2016-2018. She is the co-editor of the Nordic Journal for Religion and Society and member of the editorial boards of Journal of Religion in Europeand the Journal for Religion, Media and Digital Culture.
Dr. Bessma Momani is Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and Senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance and Innovation (CIGI). She was a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at both the Brookings Institution and Stimson Center in Washington, D.C., a consultant to the International Monetary Fund, and formerly a visiting scholar at Georgetown University’s Mortara Center. She was a 2015 Fellow of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and now sits on its board of directors. She is also a Fulbright Scholar.
She has authored and co-edited ten books and over 80 scholarly, peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters that have examined international affairs, diversity and inclusion, Middle East affairs, and the global economy. She is recipient of a number of research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), International Development Research Council, and the Department of National Defence. Dr. Momani is a regular contributor to national and international media on the global security and economic policy issues. She has written editorials for the New York Times, The Economist, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, Newsweek, and Time Magazine.
Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham is Professor and Dean of Nursing at Trinity Western University, BC. She is lead author for the forthcoming book Prayer as Transgression? The Social Relations of Prayer in Healthcare (McGill-Queens University Press), based on a project by the same title, with ethnographic research in London, UK and Vancouver. She is co-author with Marsha Fowler, Richard Sawatzky, and Elizabeth Johnston-Taylor of Religion, religious ethics, and nursing (Springer, 2012). Recent articles include: “Complicating nursing’s views on religion and politics in healthcare”, Journal of Nursing Philosophy (accepted May 3 2019); “The influence of spiritual and cultural practices on health and healthcare of persons with albinism: A scoping review”. Disability & Society (2019); and “’The elephant on the table’: Religious and ethnic diversity in home health services”. Journal of Religion and Health (2019), 58(3), 908-925.
Reimer-Kirkham’s research is in the area of plurality and equity in healthcare, focusing on the intersections of religion, spirituality, race, class, and gender. She is lead on several projects on human rights and albinism that facilitate networking between policy, advocacy, and research, including “Mothering, albinism, and human rights in Africa: Mapping patterns of resilience at the juncture of gender, colourism, and religion” (SSHRC, 2019 – 2023). She is co-investigator on the project Living well together? Learning from women healthcare chaplains about religion, gender, and human flourishing, Principal Investigator: Sonya Sharma. She is also studying how a Compassion Cart with psychological debriefing, including spiritual grounding exercises, after stressful situations can mitigate compassion fatigue and burnout for nurses.
She teaches the interrelated fields of health policy, knowledge translation, and nursing leadership. She recently developed an innovative retreat-based course on Spirituality and the Helping Professions. Reimer-Kirkham was awarded the 2019 UBC School of Nursing Centenary Medal of Distinction, named member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Scientists and Artists in 2014, received the 2010 Award of Excellence in Nursing Research by the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC), and her dissertation was awarded the prestigious Governor General’s Gold medal at University of British Columbia.
Jennifer A. Selby is associate professor of Religious Studies and affiliate member of Gender Studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. Her research considers Islam in contemporary France and Canada, focusing on secularization theory, Muslim studies, gender and religion. She is the author of over 25 articles and book chapters, author of Questioning French Secularism: Gender Politics and Islam in a Parisian Suburb (Palgrave MacMillan, 2012), co-author of Beyond Accommodation: Everyday Narratives of Muslim Canadians (UBC Press, 2018) and co-editor of Debating Sharia (with A. Korteweg, University of Toronto Press, 2012).
Joel Thiessen, Ph.D., is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Flourishing Congregations Institute at Ambrose University, in Calgary, Alberta.
He is the author of The Meaning of Sunday: The Practice of Belief in a Secular Age (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015), and co-author of The Millennial Mosaic: How Pluralism and Choice Are Shaping Canadian Youth and the Future of Canada (Dundurn Press, 2019) (with Reginald Bibby and Monetta Bailey) as well as None of the Above: Nonreligious Identity in the U.S. and Canada (New York University Press, Forthcoming 2020) (with Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme). Recent articles include “What is a Flourishing Congregation? Leader Perceptions, Definitions, and Experiences,” Review of Religious Research 61 (1): 13-37 (with Arch Wong, Bill McAlpine, and Keith Walker – 2018), and “Becoming a Religious None: Irreligious Socialization and Disaffiliation,” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 56 (1): 64-82 (with Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme – 2017).
His research interests include religion in Canada, religious nones, Christian congregations, and millennials. Much of his emerging research on religious nones is in partnership with Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme (University of Waterloo), with a particular focus on the social and environmental conditions that intersect with experiences among the religiously affiliated and unaffiliated in different regions throughout North America. As Director of the Flourishing Congregations Institute, he also leads a collaborative three-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council-funded project that explores the signs of life and vitality in Christian congregations in Canada.
Thiessen is regularly invited to speak with church and denominational leaders across Canada and theological traditions, grappling with the state of religion in Canada and what this means empirically and practically for Christian communities.
Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo (Canada). She completed her DPhil (PhD equivalent) in sociology at the University of Oxford in 2015. Her research interests include quantitative methods, sociology of religion, immigration and ethnicity and political sociology.
Dr. Wilkins-Laflamme is currently involved in a number of SSHRC-funded research projects: 1) Surveying Millennials’ Non-Religious Homophily and Social Distance; 2) Religion, Spirituality, Secularity and Society in the Pacific Northwest; 3) Vers la sortie du catholicisme culturel au Québec; and 4) Nonreligion in a Complex Future.
Some of her recent publications on nonreligion include: None of the Above: Nonreligious Identity in the U.S. and Canada (New York University Press, 2020, with Joel Thiessen), “Religious Socialization and Millennial Involvement in Organized and Digital Nonbelief Activities,” Secularism and Nonreligion 9 (2): 1-15 (with Joel Thiessen – 2020), “Becoming a Religious None: Irreligious Socialization and Disaffiliation,” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 56 (1): 64-82 (with Joel Thiessen – 2017), “Religious-Secular Polarization Compared: The Cases of Quebec and British Columbia.” Studies in Religion 48(2): 166-185 (2017), and “Secularization and the Wider Gap in Values and Personal Religiosity between the Religious and Non-Religious.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 55(4): 717-736 (2016).