Members of the Consortium

University of Montreal

The mission of the ‘Institut d’études religieuses’ (IER) at the University of Montreal is to study religions and spiritualities through discursive expressions of beliefs as well as lived experiences, past and present, in their diversity and complexity. It is not only a question of describing, but above all of critically as well as empathetically analyzing and interpreting the religious and spiritual heritage of humanity.

In the context of the construction/deconstruction of university knowledge, the IER combines, in a complementary way, the contributions of the sciences of religions, theology, and studies in spirituality. These three interdisciplinary fields adopt a variety of specific research postures that produce mutually fruitful results. At the IER, these three academic approaches share a hermeneutic, discursive, and contextual sensitivity with the concern for the practical repercussions of the transformations of the contemporary world.


Prof. Patrice Brodeur
University of Montreal
Associate Professor, Institute of Religious Studies, University of Montreal (Canada) & Senior Consultant, KAICIID Dialogue Centre

“There is a historically new global paradigm shift amongst numerous actors and leaders of almost all branches of religions and spiritual communities worldwide, moving away from condoning violence to espousing non-violence.”

Prof. Patrice Brodeur

With over forty years of experience in interreligious and intercultural dialogue, both as an academic researcher and educator as well as an engaged Christian (Roman Catholic) practitioner, the highlights of Prof. Brodeur’s career include the leadership of two interdisciplinary research teams: between 2005-2015, the Canada Research Chair on Islam, pluralism and globalization at the University of Montreal (2005-2015), which focused on past and present intra- and interreligious, as well as inter-civilizational and interworldview forms of dialogue; since 2013, the development of the KAICIID Peace Map, and subsequently its integration into the KAICIID Knowledge Hub.

An esteemed author and multilinguist with over with dozens of publications (books, book chapters, articles, reports, etc.), Prof. Brodeur has received numerous fellowships, scholarships, research grants and prizes during his distinguished career. He won 1st Prize for the Social entrepreneurship venture plan competition at the University of Notre Dame Mendoza Business School (2005) and received an “Interfaith Visionary Award” from the Temple of Understanding (2010). He has also conducted over a hundred trainings mostly on dialogue on all continents.

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