Mariia Alekseevskaia is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Ottawa, Canada. Her research interests are closely connected with the study of how ethnic and religious identities of immigrants influence the ways of their integration into Canadian society. Also, she examines various issues which Canadian religiously diverse education system faces today. Mariia’s thesis project is devoted to the analysis of private school system, established by postwar Dutch Reformed immigrants, and its influence on the worldview of its graduates and their functioning in Canadian society. Mariia has a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies and a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from St. Petersburg State University, Russia.
In this interview, Dr. Jasmin Zine talks about Muslim schools in Canada and their impact on their students’ identity development and integration in the society. Having served for decades as a tool to preserve a particular religious identity, Islamic schooling also plays a crucial role in empowering female students. In some cases, Muslim schools have become a safe haven, especially for women, “a place where their identity is not in question, where they can feel safe and comfortable”.
Anna Salonen explains how ethics is being involved in her studies of food waste and consumption by both religious and non-religious populations that live in affluent societies, such as Finland and Canada.