Practices and Processes of Religious Diversity

Intimately associated with the socio-cultural diversification wrought by modern forces and dynamics, religious diversity is an increasingly common feature of contemporary social landscapes in many parts of the world. The practices and processes associated with religious diversity cut across a wide range of themes, topics and issues; not least: human rights, the politics of recognition, governance and resource allocation, tolerance, plurality and assimilation, negotiation, partnerships and competition, and collective identity formation.
The project investigates how the practices and processes of religious diversity are playing out in the modern and modernising contexts of the BRIC nations (i.e. Brazil, Russia, India, and China) as compared and contrasted with the UK.


The project PI is Dr Andrew Dawson (Lancaster University) who contributes in respect of his experience of the UK and European contexts. The project Co-I is Professor Ruby Sain (Jadavpur University) whose life-experience and specialism pertains to the Indian subcontinent. Senior Lecturer in the Sociology of Religion at King’s College London, Dr Marat Shterin contributes on the grounds of his extensive experience of religion in Russia, while Dr Cristina Maria de Castro (Federal University of Minas Gerais) contributes in view of her experience of and expertise on Brazil. Last, but not least, Dr Yunfeng Lu (Peking University) lives and researches religion in China.

The project is funded by the International Research Network scheme of the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Learn more about the project here.