Lori G. BEAMAN

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Lori G. BEAMAN
Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and thereby authorized to supervise theses and Full Professor, Department of Classics and Religious Studies

Ph.D. (1996) – Sociology – University of New Brunswick
M.A. (1992) – Sociology – University of New Brunswick
LL.B. (1987) – Common Law – University of New Brunswick
B.A. (1984) – Philosophy – University of New Brunswick

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Biography

Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and thereby authorized to supervise theses.

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

Selected publications

Journal Articles

Beaman, L. G. 2014. “Deep Equality as an Alternative to Accommodation and Tolerance,” Nordic Journal of Religion and Society 27(2): 89-111.

Beaman, L. G. 2014. “Reframing Understandings of Religion: Lessons from India,” India International Centre Quarterly special issue “Living with Religious Diversity,” edited by S. Sikka, B. Puri, L. G. Beaman, and O. Goyal, 40(3&4): 35-46.

Beaman, L. G. 2014. “Woven Together: Advocacy and Research as Complementary,” Religion 44(2): 276-288.

Beaman L. G. 2013. “Overdressed and Underexposed or Underdressed and Overexposed?” Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, edited by P. Fournier, and V. Amiraux, 19(6): 723-742.

Beaman L. G., and S. Lefebvre. 2013. “Protecting Gender Relations: The Bouchard-Taylor Commission and the Equality of Women.” Canadian Journal for Social Research 2(1): 84-104.

Beaman L. G. 2013. “The Will to Religion: Obligatory Religious Citizenship.” Critical Research on Religion 1(2): 141-157.

Beaman L. G. 2012. “Battles over Symbols: The ‘Religion’ of the Minority Versus the ‘Culture’ of the Majority.” Journal of Law and Religion 28(1): 67-104.

Beaman L. G. 2012. “The Missing Link: Tolerance, Accommodation and…Equality.” Canadian Diversity 9(3): 16-19.

Beaman L. G. 2012. “Just Work it Out Among Yourselves: The Implications of Private Mediation.” Citizenship Studies 16(2): 255-267.

Beaman L. G. 2012. “The Status of Women: The Report from a Civilized Society.” Canadian Criminal Law Review, edited by P. Fournier, 16(2): 223-246.

Books

Beaman L. G., and L. Van Arragon, eds. 2015. Issues in Religion and Education, Whose Religion? Leiden: Brill.

Beaman L. G., and S. Tomlins, eds. 2015. Atheist Identities: Spaces and Social Contexts. Cham: Springer.

Sikka, S, and L. G. Beaman, eds. 2014. Multiculturalism and Religious Identity: Canada and India. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Lefebvre, S., and L. G. Beaman. 2014. Religion in the Public Sphere: Canadian Case Studies, Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Calder, G., and L. G. Beaman. Polygamy’s Rights and Wrongs: Perspectives on Harm, Family, and Law. Vancouver: UBC Press.  

Beaman, L. G. 2012. Reasonable Accommodation: Managing Religious Diversity.Vancouver: UBC Press.

Beaman L. G. 2008. Defining Harm: Religious Freedom and the Limits of the Law. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Book Chapters

Beaman, L. G. 2015. “Beyond Establishment, Politics of Religious Freedom.” In Politics of Religious Freedom, edited by W.F. Sullivan, E.S. Hurd, S. Mahmood, and P.G. Danchin, 207-219. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Beaman, L. G. 2014. “‘Everything Is Water’: On Being Baptized in Secularism, Secularism on the Edge: Rethinking Church-State Relations in the United States, France, and Israel.” In Secularism on the Edge: Rethinking Church-State Relations in the United States, France, and Israel, edited by J. Berlinerblau, S. Fainberg, and A. Nou, 237-246. New York: PalgraveMacmillan.

Beaman, L. G. 2014. “Laws of General Application: The Retreat from Multiculturalism and its Implications for Religious Freedom, Multiculturalism and Religious Identity: Canada and India.” In Multiculturalism and Religious Identity: Canada and India, edited by S. Sikka, and L. G. Beaman, 236-252. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Beaman, L. G. 2014. “Between the Public and the Private: Governing Religious Expression.” In Religion in the Public Sphere: Canadian Case Studies, edited by S. Lefebvre, and L. G. Beaman, 44-65.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Beaman, L. G. 2014. “Opposing Polygamy: A Matter of Equality or Patriarchy? Of Crime and Religion: Polygamy in Canadian Law.” In Of Crime and Religion: Polygamy in Canadian Law, edited by M-P Robert, D. Koussens, and S. Bernatchez, 131-157. Sherbrooke: Éditions Revue de droit de l’Université de Sherbrooke.

Beaman, L. G. 2013. “Expanding the Scope of Regulation: Some Reflections on the Canadian Case, State Responses to Religious Minorities.” In State Responses to Religious Minorities, edited by E. Barker, and D. Kirkham, 217-230. Farnham: Ashgate-Inform Series, “Minority Religions and Spiritual Movements.”

Research chairs

Canada Research Chair in the Contextualization of Religion in a Diverse Canada

Awards and achievements

Professor Beaman has been awarded $2.5 million from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) as part of the Major Collaborative Research Initiatives (MCRI) program.

Lori G. Beaman was named fellow of the Academy of Arts and Humanities, Royal Society of Canada (Fall 2015).

Fields of Interest

  • Religion in Canadian Society
  • Social and Cultural Theory
  • Critical Legal Studies
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