Chair for the Management of Cultural and Religious Diversity


Solange Lefebvre


Professor Solange Lefebvre holds the Chair for the Management of Cultural and Religious Diversity since its establishment in 2003, and is full professor at the Institute of Religious Studies.  She was the founder and director of the Centre d’études des religions (CERUM, 2000-2008) at l’Université de Montréal.

Solange Lefebvre became well-known in the field through her studies on secularisation and laicité, new challenges that religious diversity poses for the state, as well as studies about young people and intergenerational relationships. Selected publications include the monograph Cultures et spiritualités des jeunes (Bellarmin 2008), and collective works for which she served as editor, including

Religion et identités dans l’école québécoise (Fides, 2000), and many others, including the monograph Sécularité et instituts séculiers (Paulines, 1989) and publications about intergenerational relationships. She has also published dozens of academic articles and book chapters. As a member of the editorial board for the journal Concilium (published in six languages) she has co-edited many issues, including  Suffering and God (2016), Young Catholics Reshaping the Church(2015),Atheists of what God (2010), Migration in a Global World (2008), and Stages of Life and Christian Experience (2007). She has received nearly $6,000,000 in research funding for projects which she has led and on which she has collaborated. Recent selected projects include Commissions on cultural and religion diversity, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC 2012-2018), Religion and Diversity Partnership Project (SSHRC 2010-2018),La sécularisation, la laïcité et les identités religieuses dans le contexte québécois (SSHRC 2008-2011), La gestion de la diversité culturelle et religieuse dans l’entreprise privée (Citizenship and Immigration Canada, 2009-2010); and Le Patrimoine religieux du Québec (Canadian federal and Quebec provincial funding 2008-2010).


She collaborates frequently with the media. In particular, she was a weekly columnist (Ethics and Religion) for the Canadian national newspaper Le Devoir from 1997-2000. In 2002 she worked with journalists from Radio-Canada in their coverage of World Youth Day, held in Toronto. Later, she provided commentary for RDI when Pope John Paul II passe away and for CTV in Rome when Pope Francis was elected. She has also given dozens of interviews for newspapers and for radio and television programmes, both Canadian and international.

Regularly consulted about religious questions by the government, media, and public and private organisations, Professor Lefebvre has served on the panel of experts for the Commission de consultation sur les pratiques d’accommodement reliées aux différences culturelles (CCPARDC), the influential 2007-2008 commission overseen by Gérard Bouchard and Charles Taylor. She has also served on many academic committees and boards of directors, including those of Centraide du Grand Montréal, and of the Béati Foundation.


Solange Lefebvre



Bachelor of Music, piano performance, Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal, 1984;


Ph.D. in Theology, Université de Montréal 1992;

D.E.A. in Social Anthropology, École des Hautes Études en Sciences sociales, Paris, 1996.

Fields of Expertise : religious and cultural diversity management, reasonable accomodations, secularization and laicité, young people and spiritualities, values and intergenerational relationships.

Subjects : religion, culture and society; religion in the public sphere (policy and law); intergenerational relationships, youth and transmissions; theology and religious studies; natural sciences and religion.


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