Research Projects

Religion, Policy, and Social Transformation in Southeast Asia, 2014-2016

The Luce Foundation, New York, in Collaboration with the Institute on Cross-Cultural and Religious Research (ICRS), Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

The Two Pluralisms: Toward a New Paradigm on Modernity & Religion, 2014-2016

The Templeton Foundation is sponsoring this research project on the co-existence of different religious communities in the same society, as well as the relaiton of these communities to a secular discourse that dominates in important sectors of modern society. There are several workshops and a publication to come.

Global Migration and the New Cosmopolitanism: Religion, Public Ethics, and Citizenship in Plural Societies, 2013-2015

A comparative study of migration, religious diversity, and the changing discourses and practice of citizenship in Paris, Amsterdam, Montreal, Boston, and Los Angeles, with special attention to Muslim, Catholic, and secularist perspectives.  In collaboration with Dr. Scott Appleby and the “Contending Modernities” project at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Notre Dame University.

Religious Revivals in China’s Economic Core, 2010-2015

Religious Revivals in China’s Economic Core, directed by CURA’s Robert Weller, focuses on understanding the relations between religious and civil life in China’s most developed region–the provinces in the lower reaches of the Yangzi River.  The research phase took place in 2010-2012.  The research team covers the entire range of religious life in the region.  An edited book based on the work is in press in Chinese, and in preparation in English.

International Religious Demography

International Religious Demography aims to provide comprehensive religious demographic information. The IRD project is collecting, collating and analyzing primary and secondary source material on religious demography for all major religions in every country of the world.

Secularism and Its Adversaries, 2011-2015

Secularism and Its Adversaries, directed by Peter Berger, aimed to address key policy questions concerning the place of secularism, secularity, and public religion in democratic politics.

Archive of CURA Research Projects