Canada Research Chair on Islam, Pluralism, and Globalization, University of Montreal, Canada
Area of Expertise: Religion
Geographical Expertise - Region: Global
Languages: Arabic, English, French, Hebrew, Spanish
Field of Work: Academia, Activist/Humanitarian, Author/Novelist
Continent: North America
Patrice Brodeur is the holder of a Canada Research Chair on Islam, Pluralism, and Globalisation at the Faculty of Theology and the Sciences of Religions at the University of Montreal since 2005. Brodeur investigates the dynamics of power and multiple identities within intercultural, interreligious, intercivilizational, and interworldview dialogues, especially between Muslims and a variety of others. His Chair includes a multidisciplinary research collective of over twenty researchers with funds from leading Canadian (SSHRC, CIC, DFAIT) and US (USIP) research and governmental agencies as well as international foundations and UN agencies (UNICEF, UNESCO, Alliance of Civilizations).
Brodeur studied at McGill University (BA, MA), Harvard University (AM, Ph.D.), Hebrew University in Jerusalem (2 years), and Faculty of Shari’ah at the University of Jordan (1 year). He spent a sabbatical year at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies as a Rockefeller Foundation Visiting Fellow at Notre-Dame University in 2004-2005 and another one at the Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill University (2012).
Brodeur recently founded a social entrepreneurship NGO called InterWorldView to improve the transformative capacities of peace builders worldwide. He has lead over fifty workshops on this theme in five languages on five continents. Last year, he was named one of fifty worldwide “Interfaith Visionaries” by the Temple of Understanding, one of the oldest interfaith organizations based in New York City. He is currently involved in several research projects, one of which is on “Pluralism in Crisis” co-organized by academics at Cornell University and the University of Edinburgh, among others.
Brodeur’s most recent book, co-authored with Dr. Ina Merdjanova, is Religion as a Conversation Starter: Interreligious Dialogue for Peacebuilding in the Balkans, 1990-2008 (Continuum Press, 2009; paperback 2011).
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